Where Granville Sharp’s Name First Appeared
Reading about William Wilberforce and his work toward ending the slave trade revealed a character of even higher interest. Someone who, unlike Wilberforce, contained little charm. But, like William Wilberforce, and even more so than the great politician, he showed extraordinary skill, intelligence, and zeal in everything about life. His name was Granville Sharp.
Great appreciation is given to Eric Metaxas, both for his work and his ending bibliography. Amazing Grace solely focused on the abolition movement, and somewhat on those involved in the seemingly-impossible task. However, readers with greater interest in William Wilberforce’s friends have the information available to go and learn more about them.
Why Our Work Will Focus on Granville Sharp
Why would someone have any interest in learning more about the individuals involved in the abolition movement? Someone other than a student studying the history on slavery? Because William Wilberforce’s friends, godly and zealous individuals, pursued exemplary lives. Such lives, as to make modern-day Christ followers only wish for their passion and determination.
Based on the information in Amazing Grace, people knew Monsieur Granville Sharp as a madman, an unhinged genius. He and his family, brother, wife, and children, contained extraordinary musical talent. So great was this talent, the Sharp family frequently performed for the King of England. But the general public viewed him as a madman for other reasons….
Why Granville Sharp Drew Our Attention
During an age when hedonism ruled the public at large, both upper and lower classes, Granville Sharp stood out like a flame in a dark woods. Superstition also ran rampant during this time, but some, the hated few, knew better. These few English citizens, having heard and believed George Whitefield’s message, became what the hedonists’s dubbed as Methodists. In America today, they are known as Evangelical Christians.
William Wilberforce felt obligated to keep his faith under wraps, due to the politicians he daily dealt with. Granville Sharp, free from any restraints, spoke about his faith in Jesus Christ with gusto. When the Church of England authorities attacked his view on the Holy Trinity, using his ignorance of ancient languages as ammunition, he learned the Hebrew, Latin, and Greek languages and wrote several dissertations defending his beliefs. Sharp even used what he learned to fix several translation mistakes in the English Bible. His amendments remain intact today.
Granville Sharp and His Dissertations on God and Slavery
To pursue Granville Sharp’s works on Archive.org, readers will find a plethora of the genius’s works available as public domain. If reading through these documents to learn more about the man and his faith seems odious to some readers, then allow us to read them and summarize what we find for you! Two resources that Author Eric Metaxas used and referenced will find their way into our work as well.
Studying about slavery is, for some Generation Ys and Millennials, an overdone study. But, what America’s public schooling left out, The Unspoken Christian Law will cover. Such information predominantly being about the faith behind many essential abolitionists.
So, please, join us in this study. Though Granville Sharp may have had a reputation as a madman, Eric Metaxas, and what I suppose to be many other Christ followers, viewed him as a man insistent on bringing God’s Perfect Will to the fallen world. And if a great author like Metaxas thought the man to have pushed forward God’s Holy agenda, then we hope to learn exactly what Granville Sharp believed, taught, and lived.
**Sorry for the long absence. As all my readers know, life hits hard sometimes.
***Cover image provided by the Yale Law Library