Originally Posted by revtj
JoAnne M. Terrell, whose definition of violence I build on, is a womanist theologian and scholar who studied under James Cone and Emilie Townes at Union Seminary NYC. When she was 5, she saw her mother murdered and has a permanent impression of her mother's bloody hand smearing down the wall. It is this experience which caused her to examine violence and write some foundational material on the subject.
I highly recommend her book, Power in the Blood?: The Cross in the African American Experience.
I'll have to check out that book, revtj. The first guy I fell for was a friend from my Southern Baptist church. His mom was one of the ones who led the church in its anti-gay drive and she subscribed to the theory of total depravity. A year after I eventually came out and left the church, I met her at the wedding of a friend. After the ceremony, she invited me over to her house and we talked for quite a while. She shared her story and it included seeing her father murder her mother with a gun when she was very young. I could sense that that horrible experience greatly influenced her views of humanity, possibly being what drove her to fundamentalism. So I would really be interested in hearing an alternate ending. Can you share some of JoAnne M. Terrell's conclusions or would that give away the book?
p.s. My friend eventually married one of his girl friends in case you were wondering. His mom and dad said Hi to me while I was with Soulforce passing out literature at last year's Southern Baptist Convention.