By K. Lampley
In this designated quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with previous testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the background of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.
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Extra info for A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology
Turner’s theology emerged from this place of suffering and death. It arose from the community of the poor and oppressed, black slaves. It gave voice to the existential longings of marginalized and subjugated black people. Turner’s historical context was Southampton County, Virginia, in the early nineteenth century. Southampton’s economy was relatively prosperous but potentially declining by 1831. On average, slaveholders owned ten to eleven slaves held on small farms rather than large estates or plantations.
11 David F. Allmendinger, Jr. ”12 Hark, like Turner, acted out directly against his slave-owner. Nonetheless, Turner’s rebellion did not emerge from harsh or cruel treatment from Joseph Travis. ”13 Turner was not guided by sheer hatred of whites or a desire for vengeance. Turner himself stated, “Since the commencement of 1830, I had been living with Mr. ”14 Rather than a reaction to blatant cruelty, Turner rejected the very idea of slave-owners and the institution of slavery. For Turner, blacks were not meant to be enslaved in America.
116 While plantation missions never captured dominance over white religion in the South, they reflected the dichotomy between Turner’s view of slavery and that of white Southern Evangelicalism in 1831. White Southern Evangelical religion sought to maintain slavery as a Christian institution while Turner moved to defeat it as the work of Satan and the kingdom of darkness. Within the African American religious tradition of protest and resistance is included the nonviolent black revolution of Dr. Martin A Portrait of Nat Turner 33 Luther King, Jr.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley