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Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
Topic - William Wilberforce
Eric Metaxas' project here, in limning the notable lives of seven Christian men, is to hold up all seven as models of right behavior and commitment. He senses — well, I mean, how could he not? — that "young men especially need role models.
Famed British abolitionist William Wilberforce began his profoundly influential political career when he was just 21. Four years later, already in position to gain great political power because of his close friendship with the young Prime Minister William Pitt, Wilberforce converted to Christianity and spent months agonizing over whether to retire from the political scene.
His call for the reformation of manners through genuine faith has not lost the weight it carried when he wrote it more than 200 years ago.
"These men wish to reform," he writes, "but they know neither the real nature of their distemper nor its true remedy.