The Affections Which God Particularly Requires

William Wilberforce

“We can scarcely indeed look into any part of the sacred volume without meeting abundant proofs, that it is the religion of the Affections which God particularly requires. Love, Zeal, Gratitude, Joy, Hope, Trust, are each of them specified; and are not allowed to us as weaknesses, but enjoined on us as our bounden duty, and commended to us as our acceptable worship.” ― William Wilberforce, Real Christianity. Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade throughout the British Empire. He lead the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for 26 years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, and he died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt, the youngest Prime Minister ever to serve Great Britain.

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