Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Saints of Summer: William Wilberforce

Here is one of the major saints of summer: William Wilberforce, whose feast day we celebrate today.

Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a British aristocrat who underwent a Christian conversion experience leading him to become the leading legislative force for the abolition of slavery. 

For 26 years Wilberforce worked tirelessly to end the slave trade, succeeding finally in 1807. He continued to work for the complete abolition of slavery in Britain and its colonies, succeeding in 1833. He died three days later. To say that his faith had an impact on many lives is a major understatement. He is buried at Westminster Abbey, and you can read more about his life by clicking HERE.

A few years back, Hollywood produced a good movie about his life: Amazing Grace. It is well worth seeing.

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