Looking for Victims

Dan McKanan

in Identifying the Image of God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145328
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834471 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

 Looking for Victims

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Traces the development of nonviolent theology in the popular literature of the antebellum temperance movement. Though the temperance movement is often portrayed as socially conservative, it had radical implications both for battered women and for the “drunkards” who organized the popular “Washingtonian” movement. A new genre, the “temperance tale,” grew out of the testimonies of “drunkards” and their wives. Temperance tales used a variety of sentimental techniques to promote identification with the victims of the “alcohol system.” Novels like T. S. Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar‐Room also elaborated a sentimental Christology in which Christ‐like children would usher in a millennium of nonviolence.

Keywords: T. S. Arthur; Christology; millennium; nonviolence; sentimentality; temperance; theology; Washingtonian

Chapter.  14192 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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