Guest Post by Gordon MacDonald
In the year 1801, William Wilberforce, a member of the English Parliament and leader of the anti-slavery forces in the British Empire, passed through a severe spiritual crisis.
The core issue? Political ambition. Had he mishandled the experience, it is possible that the history of 19th-century England would have been quite different.
Wilberforce’s struggle began when a general election produced a new prime minister, Henry Addington. The banter in the streets was that Wilberforce was on Addington’s A-list of possible cabinet...