Frederick Douglass Religious Irony Essay

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The Irony of Slaveholding Christian Culture In the autobiography titled Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, the author Frederick Douglass claims that the slaveholding christian culture is very ironic. Douglass supports his claim by illustrating how the Christian slaveholder is actually hypocritical in their use of religion. The author’s purpose is to show this claim through evidence from the bible and. The author writes in a formal tone for the readers to assert his claim. Douglass explains that the slaveholders use their religion as a blanket for the evil deeds they commit to the slaves. “I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes,--a justifier of the most appalling barbarity,--a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,--and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection.” (Douglass 72). This quote suggests that the slaveholders are using Christianity as a way of excusing their actions. How their most horrid crimes against their slaves are justified by the fact that they call themselves Christians.…show more content…
such was his disposition, and success at deceiving, I do verily believe that he sometimes deceived himself into the solemn belief, that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God" (Douglass 62). Douglass here is talking about Mr. Covey, a southern slaveholder, who believes fully that he is a man of God. Mr. Covey prays in the morning and at night as well as sings hymns, but this is all an act of deceit. He was so good at the success of his deceit, he believed that he was in fact a sincere worshipper of God. Mr. Covey might have been an expert in the art of deceit but he was still just a slaveholder using the word of God to cover for the horrendous treatment of his
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