Well I think everyone can see that this thread is about the new movie that's out in theaters: "Amazing Grace." I just went to see the film yesterday, and boy, was I pleased. The faith and perseverance of Wilberforce to continue to try to reach his ultimate goal was a little short of what really happened, but it was darn near close.
I love how at the dinner party arranged by Wilberforce's friend, William Pitt, they tell him that he can perform the job of a politician, while doing God's work! Amen to that!
We already had a thread on this. I did see the movie and immediately posted my thoughts here hoping others would go to see the movie or rent the DVD when it comes out. Like you I thought it was an excellent movie. I really hadn't known anything about Wilberforce before seeing the film and I am so glad to have learned about such an inspiring, courageous and exceptional human being. I'm really glad you enjoyed this movie too.
Last edited on Wed Apr 11th, 2007 10:41 pm by CleburneFan
Regardless of the religion of the author, his writing about Wilberforce shows his interest in and, I assume, approval of the Englishman's humanitarian quest to right a terrible wrong being perpetrated against his fellow man. Without knowing the author's religion (or lack of it), it would seem that he is a person who has strong values that I admire.
The song "Amazing Grace" is credited to John Newton, an Anglican clergyman. He was originally a slave trader, but guilt overcame him and he "reformed." The movie "Amazing Grace" shows how the slaves' cries on the slave ships haunted him for life.