What caused the Civil War? That seems like the sort of simple, straightforward question that any elementary school child should be able to answer. Yet many Americans—including, mostly, my fellow Southerners—claim that that the cause was economic or state’s rights or just about anything other than slavery.
But slavery was indisputably the primary cause, explains Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The abolition of slavery was the single greatest act of liberty-promotion in the history of America. Because of that fact, it’s natural for people who love freedom, love tradition, and love the South to want to believe that the continued enslavement of our neighbors could not have possibly been the motivation for succession. But we should love truth even more than liberty and heritage, which is why we should not only acknowledge the truth about the cause of the war but be thankful that the Confederacy lost and that freedom won.
Why write about social justice? Why investigate income inequality?
This book discusses the topics of social justice and income inequality within an
economic, philosophic, and biblical framework that leads to an understanding of
A theme of central importance is that Christians should continue to serve the
people of the world both to gain credibility as Christians and to open the door for
other aspects of Christian ministry, particularly the ones related to the Great Commission’s
call to disciple-making and church-planting.
What key insights should the reader look for? First, many evangelical Christians
have come lately to the issue of social justice. We are catching up and finding our
role in the conversation. Second, while justice is a significant biblical value, it is
always surpassed by God’s grace. We must everywhere and always be ministers of
grace in order to be good servants of God. If we follow that path, we will pursue
Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).