Unsettling truths The ongoing, dehumanizing legacy of the doctrine of discovery

Mark Charles, 1970-

Book - 2019

"You cannot discover lands already inhabited. In this prophetic blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the damaging effects of the "Doctrine of Discovery," which institutionalized American triumphalism and white supremacy. This book calls our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to conciliation and true community"--

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Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP, an imprint of InterVarsity Press [2019]
Physical Description
234 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Main Author
Mark Charles, 1970- (author)
Other Authors
Soong-Chan Rah (author)
  • Introduction: Who we are and what we bring
  • The Doctrine of Discovery and why it matters
  • The power of narratives and the imagination
  • The kingdom of God is about relationship not empire
  • The rise and defense of Christendom
  • A dysfunctional theology brought to the "new" world
  • Exceptionalism and the founding documents of the United States
  • Dysfunctional theology and the spread of settler colonialism
  • Genocide, the impact of a dysfunctional theology
  • Abraham Lincoln and the narrative of white messiahship
  • Abraham Lincoln and native genocide
  • The complex trauma of the American story
  • The Christian worldview and the failure of re-conciliation
  • Conclusion: Truth and conciliation.