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Book: Discourses of Crisis and the Study of Religion

Chapter: 7. Black Fires: Analyzing the Relationship Between Radical Theology and Arson in South Georgia

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43937


In the summer of 1962, there were six major arson cases in Southern Georgia. These acts of terrorism became national news, and would receive a response from J. Edgar Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. This paper will examine the cause and effect of these acts of terrorism, with intention to express the theological reverberations of church fires. In the follow two months, six regional churches would face arson. By so doing, the epicenter for black resistance organization became ground zero arenas for racial war in southern Georgia.

Chapter Contributors

  • Aaron Treadwell ( - atreadwell) 'Middle Tennessee State University'