Pagans in the Promised Land

An analysis of how religious bias shaped U.S. federal Indian law.

Author: Steven T. Newcomb

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555916428

Category: Law

Page: 220

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An analysis of how religious bias shaped U.S. federal Indian law.

The Land Is Not Empty

3 William Galbraith Miller, Lectures on the Philosophy of Law (London: Charles Griffin, 1884), 404, quoted in Steven T. Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, ...

Author: Sarah Augustine

Publisher: MennoMedia, Inc.

ISBN: 1513808311

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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White settlers saw land for the taking. They failed to consider the perspective of the people already here. In The Land Is Not Empty, author Sarah Augustine unpacks the harm of the Doctrine of Discovery—a set of laws rooted in the fifteenth century that gave Christian governments the moral and legal right to seize lands they “discovered” despite those lands already being populated by indigenous peoples. Legitimized by the church and justified by a misreading of Scripture, the Doctrine of Discovery says a land can be considered “empty” and therefore free for the taking if inhabited by “heathens, pagans, and infidels.” In this prophetic book, Augustine, a Pueblo woman, reframes the colonization of North America as she investigates ways that the Doctrine of Discovery continues to devastate indigenous cultures, and even the planet itself, as it justifies exploitation of both natural resources and people. This is a powerful call to reckon with the root causes of a legacy that continues to have devastating effects on indigenous peoples around the globe and a call to recognize how all of our lives and our choices are interwoven. ​ What was done in the name of Christ must be undone in the name of Christ, the author claims. The good news of Jesus means there is still hope for the righting of wrongs. Right relationship with God, others, and the earth requires no less.

Picking Fights with the Gods

Much of Rotondaro's second article relies on Newcomb's analysis (inclusive of Newcomb's book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery). But Rotondaro doesn't link the Doctrine of Discovery to the ...

Author: Paul Gilk

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498299830

Category: History

Page: 374

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The common understanding of "apocalypse" suggests End Times, Armageddon, and the end of the world. But the Greek word apokalypsis means none of these things. What it does mean is uncovering, disclosing, and revelatory. That "apocalypse" is so widely misunderstood as predestined disaster isn't due to natural evolution in meaning. To penetrate the misuse of apokalypsis is to discover mythic misrepresentation. That is, "apocalypse" doesn't generate End Times but--just the opposite--End Times compels apokalypsis. The actual threat of End Times--explicitly so with weapons of mass destruction and Anthropocene climate change--forces thoughtful people into a search for fundamental causes: Where do these destructive energies originate? Why are we so reluctant to recognize the obvious consequences and resistant to embrace available remedies? Why do we persist in denial and indifference? In these essays, Paul Gilk explores the underlying cultural and religious conventions (both "conservative" and "liberal") that constitute our resistance and refusal. To disclose and uncover those conventions, to dissolve our oblivion, is to awaken to apokalypsis and to realize the depth of our captivity within prevailing mythology, both religious and civilizational. If End Times is the disease, apokalypsis is the cure.

Unsettling Truths

11Steven T. Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2008), 37. 12Donald Trump, “2018 Naval Academy Commencement Address,” The Atlantic, May 25, 2018, ...

Author: Mark Charles

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830887598

Category: History

Page: 248

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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.

All the Real Indians Died Off

Steven T. Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land. Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2008), 84. The text of Romanus Pontifex reads: "We weighingalland singular the premises with due meditation, ...

Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807062650

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: “Columbus Discovered America” “Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims” “Indians Were Savage and Warlike” “Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians” “The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide” “Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans” “Most Indians Are on Government Welfare” “Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich” “Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol” Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the Real Indians Died Off” challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.

Postcolonial Voices from Downunder

... Jamestown: Hard Questions about Christian Mission, edited by Amos Yong and Barbara Brown Zikmund, 51–68. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010. Newcomb, S. Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.

Author: Jione Havea

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532605870

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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How do indigenous matters inform, irritate and advance postcolonial theologies and postcolonial biblical criticisms? What options emerge from confronting readings of religious, customary, scriptural, political and cultural texts, traditions, leanings, bodies and anxieties? These two questions epitomize the concerns that the contributors address in this collection. The postcolonial voices that come together between the covers of this book show that indigenous subjects and heritages do matter in the theological and hermeneutical business, for we all have something to learn from First Peoples, and that theologians and biblical critics have much to gain from (and offer to) confronting and troubling traditional views and fears. Together in this book, the postcolonial voices from Downunder (geographically: Oceania, Pasifika; ideologically: marginalized, minoritized) confront political and religious bodies, including Christian churches, on account of their participation in and justification of the occupation and poaching of native lands, wisdom, wealth, and titles. This book is for First Peoples and Second Peoples, whether they are down under or up yonder, who are curious about possible advents of postcolonial theologies and postcolonial biblical criticisms in the future.

Teaching Critically About Lewis and Clark

In Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, Steven Newcomb (Shawnee and Lenape) (2008) argues that learning about how the doctrine's principles are used to justify domination can “assist Indigenous ...

Author: Alison Schmitke

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807778486

Category: Education


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The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery is often presented as an exciting adventure story of discovery, friendship, and patriotism. However, this same period in U.S. history can be understood quite differently when viewed through anticolonial lens and the Doctrine of Discovery. How might educators critically interrogate the assumptions that underlie this adventure story through their teaching? This book challenges dominant narratives and packaged curriculum about Lewis and Clark to support more responsible social studies instruction. The authors provide a conceptual framework, ready-to-use lesson plans, and teaching resources to address oversimplified versions of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Indigenous perspectives, along with contemporary issues, are embedded in each lesson to encourage active and critical engagement with history and the legacies of conquest those living in what is now called the United States have inherited. Book Features: Offers a new look at social studies curriculum about the Corps of Discovery—and Manifest Destiny—through the Doctrine of Discovery. Includes examples of how Indigenous peoples have long engaged in philosophical, legal, and political challenges to the principles of the Doctrine.Provides social studies lesson plans for elementary and secondary classrooms.Offers useful curriculum materials to help teachers present a deeper examination of this topic.

Political Spirituality for a Century of Water Wars

Christian Discovery This latter issue of “Christian Discovery” is now the subject of a decadeslong Native-led movement of scholars ... scholar Steven Newcomb's Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.

Author: James W. Perkinson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030149986

Category: Religion

Page: 358

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This book offers resources for re-imagining the biblical vision of water for a time quickly emerging as “the century of water wars.” It takes its urgency from the author’s 5-year activist engagement with a grass-roots-led social movement, pushing back on Detroit water shutoffs as global climate crises intensify. Concerned with both white supremacist “biopolitics” and continuing settler colonial reliance on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and beholden to an interreligious methodology of “crossing over and coming back,” the text creatively re-reads the biblical tradition under tutelage to the mythologies and practices of various indigenous cultures (Algonquian/Huron, Haitian/Vodouisant, and Celtic/Norman) whose embrace of water is animate and spiritual as well as political and communal. Not enough, today, merely to engage the political battle over water rights, however; indigenous wisdom and biblical prophecy alike insist that recovery of water spirituality is central to a sustainable future.

Remembering Jamestown

insisted on European-style Christian worship as well as doctrine. ... Peter D'Errico, “Foreword” to Steven T. Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Golden, CO: Fulcrom, 2008) ix. 10.

Author: Amos Yong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608991962

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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For many Americans, Christian missionary efforts have usually involved distant and exotic places. Sometimes, however, we can learn more about missions and interreligious engagement by looking in our own backyard. This collection of essays deriving from a consultation on missionary history and attitudes in colonial Jamestown, Virginia, explores long-standing assumptions related to Christian mission by listening to Native American voices. What were the ideologies and theologies that motivated early Virginia colonists? How did certain understandings of mission and church provide support and legitimacy for invasion and exploitation? What were, and are, the responses of indigenous populations, and how should Christian mission to Native Americans continue in light of this history? This book addresses these still very relevant questions and explores ways in which new understandings of Christian mission are needed in the expanding religious and cultural diversity of the twenty-first century. Contents Acknowledgments / vii Introduction: Using Jamestown in 1607 to Stimulate Questions about Christian Mission in 2007-- Barbara Brown Zikmund / 1 Part One: Re-Visiting Native-American Beliefs and Practices Chapter 1: The Romance and Tragedy of Christian Mission among American Indians -- Tink Tinker / 13 Chapter 2: A Failure to Communicate: How Christian Missionary Assumptions Ignore Binary Patterns of Thinking within Native-American Communities -- Barbara Alice Mann / 29 Part Two: Re-Discovering the Concept of Discovery in the Christian Mission to Native America Chapter 3: Christianity, American Indians, and the Doctrine of Discovery -- Robert J. Miller / 51 Chapter 4: Colonial Virginia Mission Attitudes toward Native Peoples and African-American Slaves -- Edward L. Bond / 69 Part Three: Re-Engaging the Christian Mission to Native America Chapter 5: Living in Transition, Embracing Community, and Envisioning God's Mission as Trinitarian Mutuality: Reflections from a Native-American Follower of Jesus -- Richard Twiss / 93 Chapter 6: Salvation History and the Mission of God: Implications for the Mission of the Church among Native Americans -- Richard E. Waldrop and J. L. Corky Alexander Jr. / 109 Part Four: Re-Thinking Theology of Mission in a Multifaith World Chapter 7: Jamestown and the Future of Mission: Mending Creation and Claiming Full Humanity in Interreligious Partnership -- Shanta Premawardhana / 127 Chapter 8: Moving beyond Christian Imperialism to Mission as Reconciliation with all Creation -- William R. Burrows / 145 Conclusion: The Missiology of Jamestown -- 1607--2007 and Beyond: Toward a Postcolonial Theology of Mission in North America -- Amos Yong / 157 Contributors / 169 Author Index / 171 Subject Index / 175 .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }