Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy (Hardcover)

Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy By Mikeal C. Parsons, João B. Chaves, Bill J. Leonard (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Uncover the truth about the scandal that shook the Texas Baptist community, buried for over a century.

In 1894 Steen Morris raped Ant nia Teixeira. Both had been guests in the house of Baylor University president Rufus Burleson. The assault took place in Burleson's backyard and was the first of a series of assaults that eventually left the young Baylor student pregnant. Rather than hold the guilty party accountable, Rufus Burleson and other prominent members of the Baptist community in Waco launched a campaign of intimidation, victim-blaming, and cover-up to preserve the virtuous image of their institution.

In Remembering Ant nia Teixeira, Mikeal C. Parsons and Jo o B. Chaves painstakingly peel back the layers of concealment that have accumulated over a century of enforced silence about the case. Beginning with Antonia's father Ant nio Teixeira, a priest who had renounced Catholicism and become a pillar of the Baptist community in Brazil, Parsons and Chaves uproot romanticized and hagiographical accounts of the Southern Baptist Convention's foreign missions. They then follow Ant nia's journey north, her assault, and the subsequent scandal that shook Texas--until it was intentionally erased.

Iconoclastic and meticulous, Remembering Ant nia Teixeira calls attention to how religious institutions have used selective memory to maintain power. In doing so, this book takes a first step toward dismantling those structures of oppression.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802883094
ISBN-10: 0802883095
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English