By K. Lampley
In this distinct quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the background of Christian violence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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It places Nat Turner within the context of the African American religious tradition of protest and resistance. This viewpoint acknowledges the interrelationship between protest and accommodation in black religion. Turner’s rebellion represented the resistance strain in black religion of radicalism and protest. This perspective reveals that Turner acted from his firm religious faith and robust theological imagination. It is evident from a clear historical portrait of Nat Turner that his historical context places him within the tradition of African American religious resistance to slavery, racism, and white supremacy.
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.
His insurrection arose from the inherent violence of slavery and the deep-seated yearnings of the human spirit for freedom. In 1831, Southerners were not yet willing to give up on the institution of slavery. White Southerners viewed slavery as the natural condition of blacks. Nevertheless, they worshipped with blacks in order to keep an eye on their slaves. As a result, Turner came out of a multiracial Christian community of both blacks and whites. In fact, in his own words, Nat Turner was baptized by the Spirit alongside a white man, Etheldred T.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley