The “Reformation of Manners” Made Slavery Unthinkable
Wilberforce’s work highlights the challenging reality Christians face in every cultural moment: the deep brokenness of this fallen world.
John StonestreetWayne Stender
For over four decades, William Wilberforce fought against the inhumane practice of slavery. He also worked for what he called the “reformation of manners.” In the words of one biographer, he “made goodness, compassion and integrity fashionable.”
Wilberforce’s work highlights the challenging reality Christians face in every cultural moment: the deep brokenness of this fallen world. Wilberforce engaged the culture of his time by highlighting the inherent dignity of humanity, most notably by fighting against slavery. His work in the “reformation of manners” was a major contributor to not only making slavery illegal, but also, eventually, unthinkable.
The Colson Center’s annual conference is named in Wilberforce’s honor. At this year’s Wilberforce Weekend, we’ll explore the effects of Christ’s redemptive work across every area of life from a variety of angles.
The conference will be held at the stunning Rose and Shingle Creek in Orlando, May 13-15, and will feature Jim Daly, Os Guinness, Ryan Bomberger, Nancy Guthrie, Monique Duson, and many more. The weekend features compelling talks, panel discussions, live podcast recordings, and a screening of The Most Reluctant Convert, a film about the redemption of C.S. Lewis.
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