Could Hollywood forget the most important thing about a British hero?
Charlotte Allen writes in the Wall Street Journal,
It is rare that a Hollywood film takes up a subject like William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the British parliamentarian who devoted nearly his entire 45-year political career to banning the British slave trade. Alas, a lot of people watching "Amazing Grace," Michael Apted's just-released film, may get the impression – perhaps deliberately fostered by Mr. Apted – that Wilberforce was a mostly secular humanitarian whose main passion was not Christian faith but politics and social justice. Along the way, they may also get the impression that the hymn "Amazing Grace" is no more than an uplifting piece of music that sounds especially rousing on the bagpipes.
. . .it is impossible to understand Wilberforce's long antislavery campaign without seeing it as part of a larger Christian impulse. . ."
But this may be what Apted has done. If so he joins all those 18th century defenders of the slave trade who also found the abolitionists "too enthusiastic" about Christ's teachings.
The Fellowship to Abolish Slavery is here.