By K. Lampley
In this precise quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the historical past of Christian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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In the case of Nat Turner, it can be argued that violence was necessary and inevitable to break the stranglehold of the peculiar institution. The bloody US Civil War, brother killing brother, illustrated the entrenched, intractable white Southern consciousness on black slavery. The South was unwilling to give up its slaves without a fight. Turner’s revolutionary actions simply anticipated this impending and necessarily violent struggle. Of course, Harriet Tubman (1820–1913 CE), a black female slave, chose a different path to freedom.
Surrounded by white Christian slave-masters and personally devoted to his own religious faith, Turner faced the inevitable question of the compatibility of slavery and Christianity. Turner witnessed firsthand the hypocrisy of white antebellum religion. In response, Turner developed an early black theology diametrically opposed to the position of his white slave-masters. Nat Turner’s religious, spiritual, and theological affirmations and assertions would guide his revolutionary actions. Southampton County, Virginia In 1831, Southampton County was a tidewater county located in the southeastern corner of Virginia in the “Black Belt,” 600 square miles 26 A Theological Account of Nat Turner between Sussex County and the North Carolina border, 150 miles south of Washington, DC.
At the end, Turner realized that he couldn’t let go of his childhood longing and commitment to God. 6 In describing Turner’s resoluteness at the end, James A. ’”7 Thus, Turner identified his plight with that of the suffering Christ. Doubt and fear did not enter into Turner’s conscience at the end. He believed that God was with him always. His supposed failure and defeat did not sway him from faith and belief in God. Lack of visible success did not determine his understanding of the rebellion or God’s deliverance.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley