Mark Charles, Soong-Chan Rah – Unsettling Truths

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 15th 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.

Author: Mark Charles, Soong-Chan Rah
Narrator: William Sarris
Duration: 7 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 May 2011
Language: English

User Review:

peep haunted

if you care about this nation’s history, about justice, and about working effectively in conciliation work, then you have to read this book. The truths regarding the heresy of the “doctrine of discovery” and how the doctrine was the foundation of western (at-any – cost) expansionism are disturbing, but truths that must be learned and headed.