By K. Lampley
In this specific quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the heritage of Christian violence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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Turner’s revolutionary theology contributes to black theology, other liberation theologies, and theologies of revolution concerning the significance and relevance of black slave religion, prophetic faith, and inspiration of the Spirit, scripture, apocalypticism, freedom, liberation, and violence. Turner’s theological commitment to revolutionary and apocalyptic violence can serve to inform other radical views regarding the liberating violence of the oppressed and Christianity. Turner proved that theology can motivate social action and necessarily inhabits the core Christianity of African Americans.
Turner forced white Virginians to question their hold on the institution of slavery. The Virginia legislature responded with laws prohibiting education of slaves and free blacks, restricting the right of assembly and other civil rights, and requiring the presence of white ministers at black religious gatherings. Another significant outcome of Turner’s rebellion, according to Scully, was the strengthening of division between white Baptists and black Baptists, white religion and black religion. ”133 As a religious expression, political statement, and ideological onslaught, Nat Turner’s revolt necessarily widened divisions between whites and blacks in the South.
Historical Context What is the historical context of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion? The immediate historical circumstances were in slavery in Southampton County, Virginia, in the early nineteenth century of the antebellum South. Greenberg proposes several alternatives for putting Turner into historical context. One view places Turner within the context of other slave rebellions and acts of resistance in North America. ”100 This perspective assigns the significance of the revolt to its size and importance in the American story.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley