By K. Lampley
In this distinct 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 historical past of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.
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How did he inhabit his cultural, linguistic, and historical world? ”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.
Turner did what many hoped they could do that was to fight and die if necessary. Turner represented the innate desire for freedom and self-determination. He embodied the noble pursuit of liberty and equality. Even the most cynical student of history can empathize with Turner’s plight. For much less, American patriots launched a bloody and lengthy revolution against Great Britain. Notwithstanding, Turner’s uniqueness was not his existential longings for freedom but his religious devotion and theology.
It is nonetheless clear, however, that economic depression does not explain Nat Turner’s insurrection. Turner never suggested that he was unduly impoverished or neglected. Economic decline in the region did not overwhelmingly cripple blacks and incite them to rebellion. Notwithstanding, Turner’s economic condition was intimately tied to his enslavement as a black person. As a slave, he was the poorest of the poor and the least of these. He did not own his own self. Both his race and his impoverished class combined to limit him.