The book ‘William Wilberforce: A Man Who Changed His Times’ authored by John Charles Pollock and published form Trinity Forum in 1996 is a sort of biography for the great parliamentarian of Great Britain, William Wilberforce. The book has a splendid ‘forward’ by the renowned Wilberforce researcher, Holladay that discusses the seven distinctive(s) of the leader. The film named ‘Amazing Grace’ directed by Michael Apted, released in the year of 2006, also provides deep insight upon the life and work of William Wilberforce.
William Wilberforce started his early career as an ambitious politician. He was a great orator and organizer of tremendous caliber. William Wilberforce had high hopes upon his abilities to fight the system. John Pollock had rightly referred him as the ‘man who changed his times’. With great hopes, he aimed to abolish slave trade from Great Britain. But in order to do so, the legislation was required to be passed at the British Parliament. Since many of the parliamentarians had vested interest over the slave trade, it was never easy for William Wilberforce. Still he fought and as depicted in the movie ‘Amazing Grace’, his objectives materialized with active cooperation from his wife.
The second distinctive is that of the equality. There is little doubt that this scholar of Christianity, who possessed vivid knowledge about the religion, was a firm preacher of equality. He was one of the early believers in the British society that the enslavement of human should never be encouraged. He fought throughout his political career to fight for the prohibition of slave system from Great Britain.
Any researcher studying the life and work of William Wilberforce can identify the various mysteries that were prevalent in his approach towards life. William Wilberforce, being a follower of church, did not support the church’s stand on the slave system. He even thought of quitting the political career