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

By K. Lampley

During this precise 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 background of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.

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For Washington, black religion has lost its connection to the original and unifying theology of the Christian church. Washington, however, glaringly undervalues the uniqueness and distinctiveness of black religion as an expression of Christian theology and faith. Black theologians and scholars since Washington have illustrated that black religion relies on a rich theological foundation consistent with Christian principles. W. Lampley, A Theological Account of Nat Turner © Karl W. Lampley 2013 40 A Theological Account of Nat Turner sources.

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. 76 From this perspective, slavery in Virginia was benign and Nat Turner a superstitious fanatic.

As an extreme form of religious expression, violent insurrection, like the existence of slavery itself, challenged one’s commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Can violence and Christianity be compatible? Nat Turner’s theology insisted that it must be. 111 These missions sharply contradicted Turner and other slaves’ political and religious views of slavery. Southern Evangelicals aimed to Christianize the institution of slavery by giving new ethical Christian duties and responsibilities to both slaves and slave-masters.

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