I wrote all this as a passing comment in another thread, but I felt this was worth a thread of its own. Slavery in the Bible cannot be excused or defended. Here I wrote down all the apologetics I've read and heard and strike each one down. 1. Allowing is not condoning. This is a distinction without a difference. It's like holocaust by-standing. Also, the Bible is silent on slave raiding that is kidnapping people from vulnerable communities. By it's omission, slave raiding is also permitted. 2. The culture of the ancient world must not be viewed by modern standards. Well then it is dated wisdom and not timeless wisdom which is what the Bible is supposed to be. The instructions on how to treat a slave are of no relevance to the present day Christian. 3. Indentured servants were treated like family members and were only temporary. Their system was revolutionary for the time. Indentured servants were only fellow Hebrews. Foreigners were still slaves for life. If the standards of slavery in the Bible are something to be praised over, would you like to be my slave today? From a secular perspective, I support incrementalism by gradually over time giving people more freedoms and rights. In the United States for example; first you freed the slaves, then you had universal suffrage. But an all knowing deity must express human rights in the ultimate and and absolute form. 4. The New Testament teaches that slave and free are all equal in God's love. Well then why not show the greatest gesture of love and command the slave owner allow the slave the freedom to walk away? God granted man free will right? Why not clarify that teaching with an amendment that abolishes slavery. 5. Many Christians were abolitionists As were many upholders. What makes Christianity special then? 6. Slavery is divine justice on the enemies of Israel Then why not just enslave the fighting men and leave those who did not pick up sword or spear alone (especially women and children)? And it should at least be only temporary until those men are no longer considered a threat. Got any more apologetics to throw at me?