Reader Verimius alerted me to this 1851 book called Bible Defence of Slavery byJosiah Priest.

As you can imagine, it’s critical of abolitionists and offers Biblical reasons to support slavery — all before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, of course.

And it’s full of gems worth quoting to anyone who says the Bible was never used to support slavery, like this one from page 558:

If you get a chance, look through the book and leave any other interesting excerpts in the comments below.

Originally from Friendly Atheist blog (no relation to this tumblr)

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To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” -Genesis 3:16
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.-1 Corinthians 14:34A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. -1 Timothy 2:11
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.  (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

    Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.  If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful.  You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts.  Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.  (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” -Genesis 3:16

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.
-1 Corinthians 14:34

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 
-1 Timothy 2:11

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.  (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

    Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.  If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful.  You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts.  Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.  (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

So I get creationist “copy-paste” comments…

On this post I received the a critique of the following quote:

Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.” - Tim Minchin.

I will not put the critique here since it is at the bottom of the previous link. Here is my response:
Thanks for the copy paste from another website. Yawn. I will still make some comments because im that kind of guy.

1) Your expectations are wrong. Apparently you haven’t been here before. Feel free to check the FAQ is you so choose.

2) Nobody has asserted that science is like an infallible, omnisciente deity that is perfect. No one. Only religionists like you assume so. On the contrary, science is the process that works. That produces verifiable results. It is not perfect, but is the best we have. Way, way superior to religious faith. History is a witness to that.

3) You assert that evolution (macro-evolution? LOL!!) is is pseudo-scientific. Talk about ad-hominen, assertions and straw men.

4) The fact that science changes is what makes it powerful because it SELF CORRECTS. Compare that to the bible. Slavery ok in the past. Not ok now say believers (not based on the bible since it never, ever outlaws slavery). Picking sticks on Sabbath, death. Not today. The fact that there are 1,000,000 + versions and flavors of christianity show that “the word of god” is anything but that.

5) Love is a description of feelings/chemicals in your brain. I have no issue with you saying that god is as real as love, sadness or happiness. They surely exist in your head and they will go to the same place they where before you were born. What you cant do is say that god more than a process in your head. Like a plant, a computer or anything else we know exists. For that you need evidence. Where is it?

6) Dude, so many assertions in your copy paste job. I was a christian for many years (check FAQ). Not impressed at all.

7) The value of logic is based on the results we get from applying it. Bible belief IS circular reasoning. You have no evidence in favor of it. But we have evidence in favor of logic. Science, logic and reason are tools. The fact that we can type on a computer is evidence. The fact that when you get sick you depend on doctors and not on prayer only is a testament to the superiority of science, logic and reason over religious myths and superstitions like christianity. I could go on and on but the point is already obvious to the open mind. The one that has not been filled with preconceived religious 
notions.

8) Assertions on bible prophecy. Yawn. None of the prophecies regarding Jesus (per christians since Jews find them ridiculous still today based on the study of the books THEY wrote) can be verified outside of the new testament. A series of books whose purpose was not history or factual recordings, but pure unadulterated proselytizing. Circular reasoning. Not credible at all. A clear agenda. Is that the best your god can do? Please. The same can be said of ALL of the other supposed proof. It is quite sad actually that people still take myth and superstition to this day as real.

9) Atheism existed way before Darwin was born. So your “axiomatic” assertion about world views are not only ridiculous but factually wrong. Which is not surprising since you are a creationist. There is no other way one could be one.

In reason:
-FA
thedragoninmygarage
nonplussedbyreligion:

Silly Jesus, is he only talking about the 4 Gospels in the bible as we know it?  If those 4 versions with conflicting accounts were all we had to deal with, this would be less laughable.  But as many of you know there have been Gospels found that were contemporaries of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Not to mention those that were ruthlessly eliminated and destroyed by the Church.  ~ Kim

That is correct.

nonplussedbyreligion:

Silly Jesus, is he only talking about the 4 Gospels in the bible as we know it?  If those 4 versions with conflicting accounts were all we had to deal with, this would be less laughable.  But as many of you know there have been Gospels found that were contemporaries of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Not to mention those that were ruthlessly eliminated and destroyed by the Church.  ~ Kim

That is correct.