An Amazing Life

on January 1, 2007; last featured April 14, 2008

Blessed with extraordinary oratorical skills and considerable charm, parliamentarian William Wilberforce could have made a strong bid to become prime minister of Great Britain 200 years ago. But as the February [2007] release of the major film Amazing Grace will reveal, Wilberforce cast aside personal ambition for higher aspirations.

This devout, Bible-believing Christian led the courageous effort to abolish the slave trade throughout the British Empire. But the legacy of this Christian was not only in the political realm of abolition; he left another well-known legacy. He transferred his biblical beliefs to his son Samuel, who in the famous 1860 debate defended the Genesis account of origins against evolutionist Thomas Huxley.

For more information on the upcoming movie, see Once Lost, But Now Found.

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