By John Piper
"John Piper's succinct and beautifully perceptive research of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of a very good man's life-it additionally tells us how one can comprehend the final word resource of his greatness and happiness. in addition, that realizing is going a long way deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, brilliant notwithstanding they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this publication, used to be that he made the adventure from self-centeredness, achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness to God-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy." -Jonathan Aitken opposed to nice hindrances William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself until eventually they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to check the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways Wilberforce was once reworked from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a considerably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As international leaders debate over tips to take care of a number of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's existence and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.
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He was involved with the British Foreign Bible Society, the Church Missionary Society, the Society for the Manufacturing Poor, and the Society for the Better Observance of Sunday. He worked for the alleviation 1 2 See 21-22. Pollock, “A Man Who Changed His Times,” 89. 3 On and on the list could go. In fact, it was the very diversity of the needs and crimes and injustices that confirmed his evangelical conviction that one must finally deal with the root of all these ills if one is to have a lasting and broad influence for good.
19 “Yet effects there must have been,” Pollock observes. “Wilberforce certainly grew more Everett, Freedom Fighter, 69. Pollock, Wilberforce, 81. , 79-81 for a full discussion of the place of opium in his life and culture. ” In April 1818, thirty years after the first prescription, “Wilberforce noted in his diary that his dose ‘is still as it has long been,’ a pill three times a day (after breakfast, after tea, and bedtime) each of four grains. ”20 In 1812 Wilberforce decided to resign his seat in Yorkshire—not to leave politics, but to take a less demanding seat from a smaller county.
15 With this change came a whole new regimen for the use of his months of recess from Parliament. ”17 He was setting out to recover a lot of ground lost to laziness in college. , 39. Robert Isaac Wilberforce and Samuel Wilberforce, The Life of William Wilberforce, Vol. 1, 107-8. , 43. , 44. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 35 Chapter Two “God Has Set Before Me Two Great Objects” Now we turn to what makes Wilberforce so relevant to the cause of racial justice in our day—namely, his lifelong devotion to the cause of abolishing the African slave trade, and then slavery itself.