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Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery
by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah (IVP, 2019)

Weekly Book Study with Mark Charles:
In 2021 Mark live streamed a 14 part book study going through Unsettling Truths. These videos can be viewed on Mark’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. They are also archived on his IGTV.
Archive of Studies (YouTube):
Chapter: Introduction, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Conclusion

2022 Monthly Book Study with Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah:
Mark and Soong-Chan are currently hosting a monthly book study of Unsettling Truths on Patreon. To access this study, both monthly live streams as well as past studies, follow this link to Mark’s Patreon site and subscribe to the fourth tier titled “Unsettling Truths”.

Highlighted Podcasts:

Why celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day?

Because you cannot discover lands already inhabited.

Injustice has plagued American society for centuries. And we cannot move toward being a more just nation without understanding the root causes that have shaped our culture and institutions. In this prophetic blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the far-reaching, damaging effects of the “Doctrine of Discovery.” In the fifteenth century, official church edicts gave Christian explorers the right to claim territories they “discovered.” This was institutionalized as an implicit national framework that justifies American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices. The result is that the dominant culture idealizes a history of discovery, opportunity, expansion, and equality, while minority communities have been traumatized by colonization, slavery, segregation, and dehumanization. Healing begins when deeply entrenched beliefs are unsettled. Charles and Rah aim to recover a common memory and shared understanding of where we have been and where we are going. As other nations have instituted truth and reconciliation commissions, so do the authors call our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to conciliation and true community.

The United States does not teach a history of America, it teaches a mythology. Whether it’s the myth that Christopher Columbus discovered America, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery or Donald Trump was the only Presidential candidate in 2016 (and 2020) promising to “Make America Great Again”, there are many Unsettling Truths we must look at as a nation if we want to create a common memory.

Recent Book Events:

Gordon College
Panel: Who belongs at Uncle Sam’s (Thanksgiving) tableOn Thursday, Nov. 4 both Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah participated in a panel at Gordon College near Boston MA. The purpose of this panel was to offer various perspectives around the holiday of Thanksgiving regarding American Identity, Inclusion, and Immigration.

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