Nat 's Religion And Celia 's Gender Essay

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Nat’s Religion and Celia’s Gender
Nat Turner was religious, very religious. It was the center of his identity and his family inculcated religion’s importance in him. Believing to himself being a prophet of God, “my father and mother strengthened me in this my first impression, saying in my presence, I was intended for some great purpose...” He briefly mentions his grandmother, “My grandmother who was very religious, and to whom I was much attached...” He was divinely inspired and saw his importance as greater than that of a slave, “Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer[.]”
In Colonial America, Christianity slowly penetrated the lives of slaves. Protestantism was regarded as a private matter and masters did little to Christianize their bondsman. Anglican Protestantism did not resonate with most of the slave population, as it heavily rejected mysticism, something which many African slaves still culturally practiced. Although, during the Great Awakening (1700-1790) blacks and whites in the South were swept up in the religious revival which taught all souls are equal, regardless of race. Methodist and Baptist preachers, like the fiery George Whitefield, developed inspiring and more animated preaching styles. They talked about personal—spiritual—rebirth in Christ, which was exceedingly appealing to slave. Many enslaved blacks converted to…

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