By K. Lampley
In this detailed 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 heritage 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
93 Gray would go on to release The Confessions of Nat Turner based on these interviews. 95 He was hanged in Jerusalem, 30 A Theological Account of Nat Turner Southampton County, Virginia, on November 11, 1831. 99 Turner’s resort to open rebellion initiated a sharp, vicious, and violent response by local whites. This white vigilante violence demonstrated the naked violence and context of white power undergirding the institution of slavery. Historical Context What is the historical context of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion?
68 Therefore, in Drewry’s estimation, Nat Turner was a violent aberration and anomaly who did not reflect the state of slavery in Virginia in 1831. 74 Drewry 28 A Theological Account of Nat Turner further argued, “Such a Saturday and Sunday were the 20th and 21st of August, 1831,”75 the final days of planning for Nat Turner and his accomplices. Drewry finally blamed the insurrection on lax treatment combined with the religious fanaticism of Turner amidst an otherwise congenial master-slave environment in the midst of economic and social prosperity.
Theology inevitably exists in a certain place and time. It emanates from the historical circumstances of the age. Theology is also undeniably political. It reflects the aims and aspirations of political beings who struggle against concrete social facts. It is likewise personal. Theology comes from the private recesses in the body, soul, and spirit. Similarly, Nat Turner’s early black theology originated from his social condition, historical environment, and personal convictions of his heart. Turner was a revolutionary manifestation of his age in the antebellum South.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley