I finished watching Ted Turner's Gods and Generals, based on the book by Jeff Shaara. My brother Jerm encouraged me to read the book several years ago - which I did. Someone let me borrow the movie a year or so ago - I just recently made time to watch it. The story bothered me. I'm bothered by how terrible the Civil War was for so many people. And I'm bothered by the use of Scriptures on both sides to justify actions.
Included on the DVD is an extra section where one can watch, amongst other things, several historians discuss the person of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. One of the side comments that made me think was this (paraphrase): the secular north was motivated to end slavery due to adherence to the Constitution and basic human rights; the religious south was motivated to keep slavery due to adherence to Biblical passages and support.
While this is admittedly a simplistic summary, there is enough truth in it to bother me: how is it that secularism seemed to lead the way in freeing slaves, and religion was a primary force in enforcing slavery?
Now I have another historical/religious issue to track down.