A palpable ignorance of the divine will
It is to be hoped that on a question of such vital importance as this to the peace and safety of our country, as well as to the welfare of the church, we shall be seen cleaving to the Bible, and taking all our decisions from its inspired pages. With men from the North, I have observed for many years a palpable ignorance of the divine will, in reference to the institution of slavery. I have seen but few of them who made the Bible their study that obtained knowledge of what it did reveal on this subject.
~ Thornton Stringfellow (1841)