Setting our Stories Straight: Dominion over the Earth

Of all the barriers to Reconciliation today in Canada, probably none is as difficult as the question of how we will relate to the land and natural resources. In my experience, Canadians are generally very supportive of Reconciliation right up to the point of where it might impact the economy, especially such industries as logging, … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Dominion over the Earth

Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Christendom

So far, all of the posts in this series have been haunted by a shared ghost, the ghost of 'Christian civilization,' or what is known as Christendom. Christendom is the belief that Christianity could be, and was, expressed in and through the power and authority of self-consciously 'Christian' governments. In this worldview, Church and State … Continue reading Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Christendom

Setting our Stories Straight: A Chosen People

In the most recent post in this series interrogating and dismantling the bad theology used to justify European colonization, I looked at the Doctrine of Discovery, which was a profound failure of the Church's understanding of what it means to be human, declaring that non-Christians were "enemies of Christ" and their lands were "no one's … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: A Chosen People

Setting our Stories Straight: Doctrine of Discovery

As I seek to identify, interrogate, and ultimately unravel the various strands of dysfunctional Christian theology that were used to justify European expansion and colonization, I need to start with the biggest, baddest narrative of them all: the Doctrine of Discovery. I would argue that no idea has had as profound consequences for the world … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Doctrine of Discovery

Setting our Stories Straight: My Own Settler Story

One of the great lessons of postmodernism and postcolonialism has been that there is no such thing as an objective philosophy or theology. All theology is contextual theology. And so, before I begin this project of dismantling the bad Christian theology that supported European imperialism and colonization, I need to situate myself within my own … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: My Own Settler Story