Sacred Scripture

Part 2B: Paul, Philemon, and Slavery


Paul, Philemon, and Slavery

Film Focus Point: This is a brief talk by Father Jeffery Mickler of the Society of St. Paul in which he addresses the issue of slavery in the context of St. Paul’s letter to Philemon.

Text Focus Point: Pages 274–275

Discussion Questions

  1. Why are people sometimes upset by Paul’s attitude in this letter?

  2. What was Paul’s primary concern in this matter? How did this differ from the concern of Philemon?

  3. What has the Holy Spirit inspired the Church to do since its inception?

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