Religion. The justification for great and terrible things throughout the course of human history. Often when discussing religion and slavery, two of the oldest human institutions, the point-of-view that is favored is the faith of the enslavers and the abolitionists.
An often-ignored part is the religion of the enslaved. How did these enslaved Africans adjust and adapt? What did they believe about the religion of those who enslaved them?
These issues will be explored in this section. But first, an understanding of how the Abrahamic faiths came to hold prejudicial views on Africans would be in order. David M. Goldenberg writes much about this in his book The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Provided is the intro of his book that shows the Abrahamic faiths are tied in their origins and thoughts, for the most part, when it concerns the interpretation of African people. Of particular note is the juxtaposition between the colors white and black and how Ham was interpreted to be black.