By K. Lampley
In this specified quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the background of Christian violence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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27 Turner’s religious discipline and dedication emerged from his religious surroundings and upbringing. His original owner, Benjamin Turner, was a Methodist who attended church and invited other religious people to his home for prayer and fellowship. 28 F. 30 Turner was also emotionally attached to his “very religious” grandmother. 32 Through the encouragement of his parents, Turner believed at an early age that he was destined to be a prophet with a special calling from God. ”34 Turner contended that both whites and blacks noticed “the austerity of [his] life and manners” and “uncommon intelligence” remarking that he had too much sense to be a slave.
Black religion in the antebellum South fueled efforts on the part of the black slave community to transcend and combat their condition of bondage. That resistance took the form of nonviolent protest and subversion, as well as violent insurrection. 110 Like Turner, religion fueled the defiant rage of these black religious leaders. Notwithstanding, Nat Turner’s insurrection was also unique and exceptional. His rebellion emerged from 32 A Theological Account of Nat Turner a distinct theology that individualizes Turner as a potential black theologian.
He reflected both white and black Southern Evangelicalism in his religious worldview. Notwithstanding, the tensions between white religion and black religion were ultimately exposed by Turner’s rebellion. Black religion gives rise to a holistic theology of liberation and freedom that acknowledges the dignity of the black person created in the image A Portrait of Nat Turner 37 of God. White triumphalistic religion exalts white culture and civilization while denigrating nonwhite humans and societies.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley