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Bushnell wrote of the need to protect the Union at all cost. Slavery was wrong but the South nor the Southerner should be condemned. Indeed the Bible did not condemn this costly institution. He addressed the Abolitionist brethren, "The destruction of slavery will be accomplished, either with you, or without you; or if you make it necessary, in spit of you....My expectation is that the African race, in this country, would soon dwindle toward extinction,...if emancipated. [pp. 11-12]" The increase in anti-slavery lectures is totally unnecessary. Ideally the ministry will replace the lecturers. It is safer to leave emancipation to the churches. Bushnell missed the boat here.
If you are very interested in Bushnell, buy this book. If not you can spend your money better with the work cited above by Francis Gillette. So why give this three stars? I am loath to give any source of ninteenth century writing less because it so wonderful to have a publisher like Cornell to supply us with these otherwise unattainable works. Without some strong reason to have it, I say forget it.