By K. Lampley
In this particular quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the historical past of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.
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Extra resources for A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology
In the end, Drewry clearly underestimates the yearning of the human spirit for freedom and self-determination and the gospel’s demand for liberation. Therefore, it is more likely that the revolutionary nature of black slave religion in Virginia laid the foundations for revolt. Religious instruction of slaves rather than compassionate and slack treatment or respect for the Sabbath was more responsible for inciting Turner’s uprising. Teaching slaves that they have dignity and worth before God does not necessarily pacify or subdue them.
Drewry’s historical account is filled with an apologia for antebellum white Southern society. Drewry wanted to demonstrate the viciousness and apparent insanity of Nat Turner in contrast to the congeniality of slavery in Virginia. Even Turner seems to suggest that his state of slavery was nonthreatening. Notwithstanding, to characterize all slavery in Virginia as benign and benevolent defies substantiation. Certainly, the conditions for rebellion were improved by respect for the Sabbath. Saturday and Sunday before the rebellion, Nat Turner met with coconspirators.
Economic decline in the region did not overwhelmingly cripple blacks and incite them to rebellion. Notwithstanding, Turner’s economic condition was intimately tied to his enslavement as a black person. As a slave, he was the poorest of the poor and the least of these. He did not own his own self. Both his race and his impoverished class combined to limit him. Because of his blackness, he became a slave, and because of his position as a slave, he was poor. Ultimately, it was his black religion in union with his social location as poor black slave that undergirded his theology and his insurrection.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley