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A Defense of Virginia and the South Hardcover – December 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0873779296 ISBN-10: 0873779290

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hess Pubns (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873779290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873779296
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A refreshingly different veiw of the War Between the States. Dabney bases his defense of the South on the Bible and the Constitution quite eloquently. This book will definatly open your eyes.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By statesrights1860 on June 8, 2000
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This is a book that is a must read, it will benifit any Christian, it offers a truth that many are afraid to give. It is about the Institution of Slavery, and the Constitution and the Bible. Dr. Dabney was a great writer, all of his books are very intresting. This is perhas the best twenty dollars you will ever spend. Deo Vindice.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Williams on May 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is perhaps one of the 10 most important books i've ever read.

I first read this probably 25 years ago, and i haven't ceased to be challenged by it ever since. I am in the middle of writing 3 essays on the Civil War and American slavery. This was a reread where i took my time and paused and gazed off into space continually. such a book. a day painfully and thoughtfully spent. I am presbyterian, Dabney is one of my heroes, perhaps after Calvin my favorite theologian, his writing is persuasive, passionate, thoughtful, painful, challenging, etc etc. Leave a whole day for this small book, you will need the time to ruminate under the nearest tree and image yourself in the antebellum South, first as a white man, then as a black slave, then again as a Christian of each race. How do you reconcile the contradictions between "love your neighbor as yourself" and the black backs broken by years of whips and forced labor, where the whips were in the hands oftentimes of people in the pews of the same churches we sit in today? How can a Christian let alone a competent and serious theologian defend slavery after the Civil War?

The possibilities are pretty well defined:

1)he was so effected by his culture, economic needs and socio-political environment that his religion was simply trumped.

2)the Scriptures support something called slavery which is not the same thing as the South called slavery. a confusion of terms.

3)he was sincerely wrong, confusing the packaging of the ideas in the Bible with the inspired ideas themselves. dwelling on the text and missing the real principles.

4)the Bible really does support slavery and for that reason alone is to be discarded as a barbaric relic of long gone days, we have progressed past that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Black_Unicorn on July 7, 2012
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In any debate, regardless to how sensitive the topic, both sides should be thoroughly heard out before rendering any sort of judgment. In the realm of science, mathematics and philosophy this is generally acknowledged, but in history it is often ignored at the behest of a nebulous standard of political correctness. The boisterous echo of one-sidedness in the particular subject of American Civil War history is perhaps the greatest victim of it, but even in this unique case there is still a lone voice of dissent, and a very compelling one in that of Robert Louis Dabney. As not only chaplain of General "Stonewall" Jackson, but also a learned theologian and scholar, he presents arguably the most morally consistent defense of the ultimate losing side of the conflict, and also a prophetic warning to the victors.

It should be noted that the grounds by which Virginia elected for secession were different from that of the Carolinas and the rest of the South who had already made the break beforehand. Through Dabney's methodical explanation of American history, with official federal and Virginia state government records as his sources, it is revealed that Virginia's very stake on the issue of slavery was unique and more often in opposition to the trade that ultimately made it possible. By contrast, the profiteering by way of man-stealing (aka kidnapping) by that of the so-called New England colonies both before and after the Union was established eclipsed that of even the Carolinas.
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