Amazing Grace

posted at 9:42 am on March 29, 2007 by Bryan

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It looks great, there is great buzz about this movie. I can’t wait to see it this weekend.

Laura02420 on March 29, 2007 at 9:51 AM

one religious themed movie Hollywood may be forced to get behind?

Mark Steyn had an Excellent article related to stopping the slave trade and the importance of the Royal Navy in doing so last week.

jp on March 29, 2007 at 9:54 AM

What??? Christianity a force for good? Say it ain’t so! According to the American Atheists and ACLU we are just a bunch of narrow minded bigots and zealots who should be stopped from public acts of faith. Guess it’s a good thing the ACLU wasn’t around back then.

Centurion68 on March 29, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Excellent. Great Cast. Finney’s performance looks, as usual, top-notch.

Thanks MM.

Malpaso on March 29, 2007 at 11:04 AM

I heard that the movie downplays the Evangelical “great awakening” roots of the anti-slavery movement, substituting a human-rights motive for what was, essentially, a Christian moral crusade. I think this was posted on NRO or FrontPage, but I can’t remember.

Does anyone know if this is true?

Even if it is true, it’s still nice to see a movie that explains the British roots of the anti-slavery movement. Too many Americans think the slavery issue was limited to our own Civil War.

Anton on March 29, 2007 at 11:10 AM

How relevant to today…
If we stop the slave trade it bankrupt our economy…

If we stop Illegal immigration it will bankrupt our economy…

Same canard two centuries removed. Cripes what a world.

Wanna see the Movie though :)

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 29, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Patricia Heaton ,from EBLR tv show,was a producer for this movie. I thought it was well made.

Drtuddle on March 29, 2007 at 11:49 AM

So glad you’ve featured this today. It is a wonderful movie and emotionally gripping. I’ve seen it twice.

As an addendum, John Piper has written a 70 page book on Wilburforce’s life and work as an Evangelical Christian in 18th Century England, where most Christians were merely nominal, belonging to the Church of England.

Recently when I went to Israel, I took only one book with me: William Wilburforce’s “Real Christianity.” It is without doubt one of the finest books I have ever read, and shows the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in a life that is in the fray of the world, but no longer of the world.

What inspiration we can and should take from this man and his inspired work to end both the slave trade and slavery in the British Empire of the early 1800s.

Webutante on March 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

So glad you’ve featured this today. It is a wonderful movie and emotionally gripping. I’ve seen it twice.

As an addendum, John Piper has written a 70 page book on Wilburforce’s life and work as an Evangelical Christian in 18th Century England, where most Christians were merely nominal, belonging to the Church of England.

Recently when I went to Israel, I took only one book with me: William Wilburforce’s “Real Christianity.” It is without doubt one of the finest books I have ever read, and shows the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in a life that is in the fray of the world, but no longer of the world.

What inspiration we can and should take from this man and his inspired work to end both the slave trade and slavery in the British Empire of the early 1800s.

Webutante on March 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

So glad you’ve featured this today. It is a wonderful movie and emotionally gripping. I’ve seen it twice.

As an addendum, John Piper has written a 70 page book on Wilburforce’s life and work as an Evangelical Christian in 18th Century England, where most Christians were merely nominal, belonging to the Church of England.

Recently when I went to Israel, I took only one book with me: William Wilburforce’s “Real Christianity.” It is without doubt one of the finest books I have ever read, and shows the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in a life that is in the fray of the world, but no longer of the world.

What inspiration we can and should take from this man and his inspired work to end both the slave trade and slavery in the British Empire of the early 1800s.

Webutante on March 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Yorkshire Terrior indeed! My dear old mum was from Yorkshire. The way Pelosi speaks of “The American People” I can’t help but wonder when she will unfurl a petition on the house floor. The Baltimore BULLdog,or mabey the San Francisco Shitzu

sonnyspats1 on March 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

found this review of it at Libertas blog

http://www.libertyfilmfestival.com/libertas/?p=4467

sounds like there is some left-wing politics within dealing with Iraq, but not in your face.

jp on March 29, 2007 at 1:18 PM

I too saw this movie twice already. The cast is remarkable and yes, Albert Finney is at the top of his game here.

History of slavery has been only partially told. Africans are Muslims because they were originally enslaved by Arabs. Mind you they didn’t just enslave “Africans”,they enslaved “Europeans” (see historic novel “White Gold,The extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow”) and “Jews” too. The Arab Slave Trade lasted “1000 years+” a millennium (from the 9th century to 19th century).

(quoting Hugh Fitzgerald)”What slave trade began earlier, ended -where it ended at all, and claimed the greatest number of victims of black Africans? Actually, it has not even ended, because once the Europeans left Mali, Mauritania, and the Sudan, the Arab enslavement of black Africans was renewed. Also, the Arab slave trade was much more devastating than that of the Europeans, especially because many slaves were castrated before they were shipped thousands of miles. The mortality rate was very high. Less than 10% survival if I recall correctly. For that matter, what slave trade also carried off millions from both Western Europe, and from the Slavic domains, as well as, especially from the Caucasus, Georgian and Circassian girls for the harems of Muslim masters? Why, the Muslim slavers – above all, the Arab slavers. In Mali and Mauritania blacks are still enslaved by Arabs. Indeed, the slave trade continues still — that is, blacks are still shipped to the Arabian peninsula, and though slavery was formally abolished in 1962 in Saudi Arabia, the fact that the koran sanctions slavery means that in the Muslim world, as Saudi clerics have recently emphasized, slavery must continue, for it is sanctioned by God, the God of Islam, the only God that counts.(end quote)

The irony of all this is that this makes people like “Malcolm X”, “Louis Farrakhan” “Nation of Islam” and “The Black Panthers”look like bafoons because they don’t know history. When black people think about slavery the first thing that comes to mind is “White Europeans” and this because . . .historians have been ever reluctant to identify the culprit linked to islam. Just explore the pseudonyms given throughout history : Arabs, Turks, Moors, Barbary pirates, Moro guerillas, Chechen rebels, Hamas, Hezb’allah, Janjaweed , al qaeda. . .are we beginning to see a link yet?

heroyalwhyness on March 29, 2007 at 1:56 PM

I heard that the movie downplays the Evangelical “great awakening” roots of the anti-slavery movement, substituting a human-rights motive for what was, essentially, a Christian moral crusade. I think this was posted on NRO or FrontPage, but I can’t remember.

Does anyone know if this is true?

Even if it is true, it’s still nice to see a movie that explains the British roots of the anti-slavery movement. Too many Americans think the slavery issue was limited to our own Civil War.

Anton on March 29, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Saw it last week. Very good movie, beautifully staged and photographed. Religion and morality is the subtext throughout–articulated by some of the characters more than others. The Finney character plays out the awakening idea in a quite literal sense.

honora on March 29, 2007 at 3:42 PM

My wife and I saw this movie a few weeks ago, and it is excellent. Very much a must-see. It did downplay Chistianity somewhat, but not as much as I’d feared. It made very clear that it was the driving force behind the abolitionist movement.

Much better movie recommendation this week, as opposed to last week!

Jezla on March 29, 2007 at 4:36 PM

The slavers of old are the liberals of today. Both have failed to see the value of human life.

Mojave Mark on March 29, 2007 at 4:50 PM

The slavers of old are the liberals of today. Both have failed to see the value of human life.

Mojave Mark on March 29, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Let’s see, when I think of the abolishionist movement I think John Wesley, the Enlightenment, William Lloyd Garrison–yes, I can see where you get the liberal slant to slavers. LOL. FYI, Wilburforce’s other passions were the SPCA (which he founded) and prison reform.

honora on March 29, 2007 at 5:33 PM

My wife and the kids saw this last week(I was at work), they give it 2 thumbs up.

vcferlita on March 29, 2007 at 6:13 PM

phenomenal film, brilliantly crafted. The writing is superb, and corny as it may be, I’ve always dug the flashback element.

This was back in the day when liberalism stood against tyranny, not in support of it.

John from OPFOR on March 29, 2007 at 8:01 PM

I heard that the movie downplays the Evangelical “great awakening” roots of the anti-slavery movement, substituting a human-rights motive for what was, essentially, a Christian moral crusade. I think this was posted on NRO or FrontPage, but I can’t remember.

Anton on March 29, 2007 at 11:10 AM

This might actually be a more correct portrayal of the issue, but we could debate all day which played a greater role and whether or not either influence is downplayed.

What this move does do is refute popular history that tries to blame slavery solely on misguided religious fundamentalism, and credit anti-slavery solely with secular human rights.

The fact that humans have rights is a religious concept to begin with. The fact that liberal secular movements embrace similar human rights positions is in many cases coincidence more than design. But in the end it required concerted efforts from both sides deal with the problem.

Lawrence on March 29, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Now let us look at who still practices and justifies slavery.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 29, 2007 at 11:38 PM

William Wilberforce is one of my heroes. There’s a new book out about him by Eric Metaxas: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks quite good.

I can’t get the volume working tonight, and I don’t know if Michelle mentioned it, but I find it significant that Wilberforce’s battle against the slave trade lasted for twenty years from 1787 to 1807. In the midst of wretched health (his death was feared at times) and mockery and vilification he persevered.

In 1791, four days before Wesley died, John Wesley wrote Wilberforce a now famous letter in which he said:

Unless God raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But, “if God be for you, who can be against you?”

After 1807, he did what work he was able, although his health severely curtailed his activities and he passed the antislavery leadership on to Thomas Buxton. Finally, in his last days, he heard that on July 26, 1833, slavery had been abolished. Three days later he died.

In Charles Ludwig’s book about Wilberforce, He Freed Britain’s Slaves, he states that slaves in the West Indies went into mourning as did free blacks in America. In a letter to his sons, a friend wrote:

“You would like to know that as I came towards [the Abbey] down the Strand, every third person I met going about their ordinary business was in mourning.”

Marvin Olasky wrote in Townhall last month:

A documentary, “The Better Hour: William Wilberforce, A Man of Character Who Changed The World,” is scheduled for television broadcast this fall in the United States and the United Kingdom.

INC on March 30, 2007 at 1:06 AM

“The West”, “Dead White Men”, etc. practiced slavery, but did not invent it nor the sole propiertor of it. However, they were the first to end it.

Liberals don’t want you to know that.

hadsil on March 30, 2007 at 1:32 AM