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By K. Lampley

ISBN-10: 1137322969

ISBN-13: 9781137322968

ISBN-10: 1349459232

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In this distinct quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the historical past of Christian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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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. Donald G. 112 In total, the plantation missions sought to transform a supposedly heathen slave population and to influence the ethics of the slave-master. 116 While plantation missions never captured dominance over white religion in the South, they reflected the dichotomy between Turner’s view of slavery and that of white Southern Evangelicalism in 1831.

1 There are limited sources of impartial and credible information about Turner. Kenneth S. W. Lampley, A Theological Account of Nat Turner © Karl W. ”2 Greenberg is particularly concerned that one cannot know the name, face, and body of Turner with any real certainty. For example, Greenberg asserts, “We do not know the name of Nat Turner. We do not know what he looked like. ”3 Notwithstanding imperfect and incomplete documentation and evidence about Turner, it is nevertheless possible to produce a historical portrait of Nat Turner that informed his theology and theological worldview.

Drewry wanted to demonstrate the viciousness and apparent insanity of Nat Turner in contrast to the congeniality of slavery in Virginia. Even Turner seems to suggest that his state of slavery was nonthreatening. Notwithstanding, to characterize all slavery in Virginia as benign and benevolent defies substantiation. Certainly, the conditions for rebellion were improved by respect for the Sabbath. Saturday and Sunday before the rebellion, Nat Turner met with coconspirators. But, this was not his original plan.

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