BY THE AUTHOR.
It is just possible that among the thousands, nay millions-
for whom we stand in this discussion, only a small per cent.
of them have ever heard of the odium theohgicum. Uncon¬
sciously, however, they have all entered fully into its spirit
the spirit of a positive odium that has been defined as-
" stronger than dislike, weaker than hatred, more active
than disfavor, disgrace or dishonor, more silent than oppro¬
brium and more general than enmity."
And wherefore this odium theologicum on the part of the
Afro-Americans of the Republic? The reason is not far¬
fetched, but on the contrary, is directly at hand. These-
Afro-Americans, and singularly enough the Christian por¬
tion of them especially—by reason of its superior intelligence,
entertain odium toward the theologians, for the reason that
they put contempt on the word: "Whosoever, therefore,
shall break one of the least of these commandments and-
shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of
heaven" (Matt. 5: 19); and it is therefore at their door that
they lay chiefly the burdens of woe they have been compelled