Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy
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Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy  -     By: Mikeal C. Parsons & Joo B. Chaves

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

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2023 / Hardcover

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In 1894 Steen Morris raped Ant<\#244>nia Teixeira. Both had been guests in the house of Baylor University president Rufus Burleson. The assault took place in his backyard and was the first of a series that eventually left the young student pregnant. Instead of facing up to the truth, the administration launched a campaign of intimidation, victim-blaming, and cover-up. 240 pages, hardcover. Eerdmans.

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Title: Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy
By: Mikeal C. Parsons & Jo<\#227>o B. Chaves
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
ISBN: 0802883095
ISBN-13: 9780802883094
Stock No: WW883094

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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&ocirc;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&ocirc;nia Teixeira, Mikeal C. Parsons and Jo&atilde;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&ocirc;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&ocirc;nia’s journey north, her assault, and the subsequent scandal that shook Texas—until it was intentionally erased. 
 
Iconoclastic and meticulous, Remembering Ant&ocirc;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. 

Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award in Biography Finalist (2023)

Author Bio

Mikeal C. Parsons is professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books and numerous essays and articles.

Jo&atilde;o B. Chaves is assistant professor of the history of religion in the Am&eacute;ricas at Baylor University. Jo&atilde;o is the author of several books, including Migrational Religion and The Global Mission of the Jim Crow South.

Editorial Reviews

The Christian Century
"The book is a call for repentance and change. In putting the church on trial, they hold up a mirror to hypocrisy and help restore the faith of the disillusioned. What could be more Christlike?"

"When Toni Morrison told a story, she opened up a universe. This book does much the same thing: the specific story of Ant&ocirc;nia Teixeira describes structures of transnational structures of racial and gendered inequity. This story from the nineteenth century reminds today’s careful readers of the continued persistence of inequity and possibly gives light to a way forward. As the church saying goes, ’Tell the truth and shame the devil’!" 
—Stephen Reid 
Baylor University 

"Haunting and heartbreaking, this meticulously researched narrative lets us finally see the victim of Baylor’s oldest sex scandal. By revealing the powerful currents of colonialism, racism, and sexism that not only destroyed the life of a young girl but kept her story buried for more than a century, this book forces us to face the reality of structural oppression. It is a must-read."    
—Beth Allison Barr 
Baylor University 

"This is a powerful and unflinching examination of how religious leaders, institutions, and historians have perpetrated and perpetuated violence against people like Ant&ocirc;nia Teixeira. Remembering Ant&ocirc;nia Teixeira not only rescues the story of Ant&ocirc;nia, her courage, and her fight for justice, but it also provides an in-depth reevaluation of the legacies of two celebrated names in Baptist history, Ant&ocirc;nio Teixeira de Albuquerque and Rufus Burleson. Jo&atilde;o Chaves and Mikeal Parsons have given us an innovative example of how collaborative research on transnational history can be done, and I hope that historians use this book as a model for future efforts." 
—Erika Helgen 
Yale Divinity School

"This book is a testament to the power of rigorous historical research paired with empathy for a vulnerable woman who was victimized by her rapist, the Baptist leaders in charge of her care, and the Southern Baptist institutions that privileged their own reputations over their responsibility for Ant&ocirc;nia Teixeira. Indeed, Parsons and Chaves demonstrate the long-standing interest missionaries in Brazil and Texas Baptist leaders shared in upholding the triumphalism and prowess of their Southern Baptist legacy through habits of selective silence and ethnic pride. These habits first minimized both the scandals and successes of Ant&ocirc;nia’s father as a Brazilian ex-priest turned Baptist pastor, then mounted a campaign to discredit Ant&ocirc;nia’s claims as a rape victim, and finally worked to excise Ant&ocirc;nia’s very existence from local and denominational history. Chaves and Parsons leave no stone unturned in telling this harrowing tale of injustice, which is relevant to recent Baylor University history and current international #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements." 
—Laura Rodgers Levens 
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky 

"This impressive history book sheds light on themes such as mission and power, manipulation of memory, religion and race, and sexual abuse. Modeling a transnational historiographical approach, it excavates a memory that has been forcibly forgotten. Mikeal Parsons and Jo&atilde;o Chaves uncover the tragic story of Ant&ocirc;nia Teixeira and excavate racialized theological assumptions that justified covering it up. The book exemplifies the work of world Christian historians at its best, challenging hagiographical accounts of mission, while bringing to light uncomfortable facts that force the reader to face the paradoxical nature of Southern Baptist mission in particular and of modern Christian history more broadly. The authors also help to achieve justice for a violated body and soul, bringing this migrant woman of color to the center stage of a story that remained unknown until now. This well-documented history of Baylor University, the Southern Baptist Convention, and its Foreign Mission Board is revealing and valuable in its own right. Yet this book also has wider significance as it encourages the reader ’to explore ways in which power was [and continues to be] used by key players in major religious institutions to reconstruct memories and suppress inconvenient truths.’" 
—Raimundo C. Barreto 
Princeton Theological Seminary

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