The fact that some early Christians were slaves does not present a moral problem for Christians today.
The fact that some early Christians were slaveholders does.
Jennifer Glancy tackles questions that continue to haunt contemporary men and women, inside and outside of the churches: Why didnt Jesus speak out forcefully against slavery?
Why didnt the early church see slavery as fundamentally incompatible with the gospel?
Were there any bright moments when some Christians in fact drew that conclusion, and why dont we know more about them?
Why didnt Christianity have more of an impact on slaveholding in the Roman Empire? And what lessons can we learn as we face moral catastrophes in our own day?