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July 24, 2014


I'm a little surprised that you would consider Josiah Wedgewood to be a Christian since as a Unitarian he denied the Trinity. Josiah was part of a group of a freethinking radicals who opposed slavery. Josiah was also the grandfather of Emma Darwin, and maternal grandfather of Charles Darwin (yes he did marry his cousin, which was considered socially acceptable at that time). I think it is dubious to state unequivocally that Josiah opposed slavery "because of his Christian convictions." Growing up in this environment, it is no wonder that Charles Darwin also opposed slavery. In fact, Adrian Desmond and James Moore argue in their book, Darwin's Sacred Cause, that Darwin's hatred of slavery strongly influenced his view of common descent of humans and other species. At the time, many religious individuals argued that other races were descended from pre-Adamite races, and thus were inferior to more "civilized" races. Darwin argued that we all share a common ancestor not just with other races of humans, but with other species. In his mind, this provided an additional argument against slavery.

Your first paragraph is all wrong, do some research, there is no such thing as you describe.

Caleb G. has an interesting point..is Caleb right? If he isn't, what is the real story here? I did a search on the web and it seems that he might have a valid point here. Did Melinda get it wrong?

Somerville, are you saying there's no such thing as this?

"Jasperware, or jasper ware, is a type of pottery first developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s...."

As for his being a Unitarian, it looks like the article Melinda based this on (linked above) notes something like that at the end:

Although Wedgwood was not orthodox in his faith, he did have a deep, Biblically-informed sense of the supreme value of human beings made in the image of God, and therefore of the fundamental evil of slavery.

So it sounds like his convictions were biblically-informed, but we wouldn't say he was a Christian if he denied the Trinity.


"Because of his Christian convictions" sounds a bit misleading to me in the OP. It might be why Caleb concluded that Wedgwood was a Christian. Would it not be reasonable to think that someone who is considered as having "Christian convictions" would be among the ranks of Christians? I can see how one might make such a conclusion from the OP and it is not an unreasonable one.

Sure, I didn't say it was unreasonable. I was just clarifying that we wouldn't consider a Unitarian to be a Christian. Melinda may have meant that his convictions were Christian but not him, or she may have missed that caveat at the end of the article, which did specifically say that his views were biblically informed, but he wasn't orthodox.

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