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A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, by K. Lampley

By K. Lampley

In this targeted quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the heritage of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.

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Careful analysis of Nat Turner further separates him from the events of the 1960s. Turner’s theology emerged uniquely from a condition of bondage and slavery. King, however, combatted “Jim Crow” and second-class citizenship, forms of violence and subjugation committed against blacks, but not equivalent to the brutality of the institution of slavery. Turner was specifically rejecting bondage and inhumanity through prophetic violence and God’s counterviolence against slavery and dehumanization. Turner’s violence reflected the immediate social, political, economic, and religious conditions of 1831.

His theology represented the voice of the militant black Christian slave. His theological perspective radicalized black religion in pursuit of tangible material and spiritual freedom and justice. Furthermore, his theology clearly rejected slavery and oppression. The implications of Turner’s thought were a new age of freedom and peace for blacks in America. Turner’s ultimate concern was total freedom and liberation from white oppression and violence. His historical context in the intractable antebellum South determined his resort to violence and revolutionary praxis.

From what is known about Nat Turner’s parents, Turner was African American and not a mulatto. 17 She gave birth to Nat the following year. 18 In “The Aftermath of Nat Turner’s Insurrection,” printed by The Journal of Negro History in 1920, John W. ”20 According to these accounts, each parent profoundly rejected slavery for Nat in their own way. Turner’s father represented the paradigm of escape from slavery and return to Africa. His mother carried with her the conviction that from birth Nat was not meant to be a slave.

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