It's freezing here today. Well, ok, not freezing, but chilly. I'm in a long sleeve shirt and a sweater. Anyone who knows me, knows how unusual that would be for me, for this time of year, at this time in my life!
"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark