By K. Lampley
In this designated quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the background of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.
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Furthermore, Turner radicalized his black Christianity. According to Dale W. ”98 Turner’s black Christianity thoroughly rejected and criticized white slaveholding Christianity. Turner confronted and defied the existing order of slavery and bondage. 99 Turner’s rebellion embraced foundational Kingdom principles of freedom, liberation, equality, justice, and salvation. His theological perspective affirmed freedom as the essence of the gospel and anticipated a new order of liberty and justice for blacks.
His violence was necessary, justified, and legitimate in the historical context of 1831. In the 1960s, King was able to utilize a peaceful form of rebellion and to implement a nonviolent and peaceable theology. Turner, however, was compelled by the inherent violence and injustice of slavery in 1831 to respond with liberating and revolutionary prophetic violence. 34 A Theological Account of Nat Turner White Virginian Reaction White Virginians were horrified by the viciousness and limited successes of the Southampton Insurrection.
Constructing the theology of Nat Turner from his own personal account, life story, Evangelical black slave religion, and other sources gives evidence as to the theological worldview behind his violent insurrection. His uniquely Christian theology made his rebellion a specific form of Christian violence. Turner was ostensibly seeking the Kingdom of Heaven on earth for black slaves. 86 Turner sought to enter into the struggles of Christ for freedom from sin and slavery. Nat Turner’s radical black theology justified and legitimated liberating and revolutionary violence to achieve freedom for blacks in America.
A Theological Account of Nat Turner: Christianity, Violence, and Theology by K. Lampley