The movie Amazing Grace, relating the struggle of William Wilberforce's (1759-1833) long and finally successful battle to abolish the slave trade, has received generally favorable reviews, surprisingly favorable from some sources

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Date: May 2007
Publisher: Institute on Religion and Public Life
Document Type: Article
Length: 441 words
Lexile Measure: 1310L

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The movie Amazing Grace, relating the struggle of William Wilberforce's (1759-1833) long and finally successful battle to abolish the slave trade, has received generally favorable reviews, surprisingly favorable from some sources. To be sure, there are complaints that his explicitly Christian motivations are slighted. In their place is put a kind of generalized humanitarian idealism. Wilberforce is understandably celebrated by evangelical Christians in particular. He belonged to the "Clapham Sect," often derided as pietistic prudes. (Two of his four sons became Catholics, while another, Samuel, became a bishop in the Church of England.) Last year, the distinguished historian Simon Schama published Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution,...

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