Native Americans, The Mainline Church, and the Quest for Interracial Justice

Native Americans, The Mainline Church, and the Quest for Interracial Justice

by David P. Hansen


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The Native American drive for self-governance is the most important civil rights struggle of our time - a struggle too often covered up. In Native Americans, The Mainline Church, and the Quest for Interracial Justice, David Phillips Hansen lays out the church's role in helping America heal its bleeding wounds of systemic oppression.

While many believe the United States is a melting pot for all cultures, Hansen asserts the longest war in human history is the one Anglo-Christians have waged on Native Americans. Using faith as a weapon against the darkness of injustice, this book will change the way you view how we must solve the pressing problems of racism, poverty, environmental degradation, and violence, and it will remind you that faith can be the leaven of justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827225282
Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Phillips Hansen has been in active ministry for over 40 years. His studies at the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley focused on the role of religion in student movements, ethics, and economic policy. He has served pastorates in both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (DOC) from Saskatchewan to Hawaii to Kansas, where he lives now with his wife of 50 years, Sally Duckworth Hansen.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part 1 Beginning 1

1 An Introduction 2

Knowing Our History, Defining Our Mission 3

A Personal Story 6

A Qualifying Disclaimer and Challenge 9

2 Mapping the Terrain 12

Who Should Be Interested? 13

What Is Interracial Justice? 13

The Book's Design 15

Defining Terms 16

Part 2 Recognition 26

3 The European Foundations of Cultural Imperialism 28

The First Crusade and the Doctrine of Discovery 28

Infidels and Indians 29

Romanus Pontifex and Inter Caetera 30

Sublimus Dei 30

The English Reformation and Counter-Reformation 31

The English Invasion of Ireland 32

The Pauperization of Elizabethan England 33

4 Coining to America 36

Jamestown: The Holy Experiment 36

The Bible Commonwealth 40

The Pequot War 42

Praying Towns and Cultural Genocide 42

Increase Mather and King Philip's War 45

5 Christian Collusion with Colonial Conquest 50

The Great Awakening and Missionary Zeal 50

The Cornwall Mission School 51

The Civilization Fund 52

Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Policy 54

The Marshall Trilogy 54

Westward Expansion and Indian Wars 57

Indian Boarding Schools 57

Henry Pratt and Other "Friends of the Indians" 60

Native American Resistace 62

Federal Policies 65

The Present 66

Part 3 Responsibility 70

6 Christianity at a Crossroads 71

Defining Our Identity Story 72

Decoding Our Identity Story 77

From Dogma to Dialogue 80

7 Images of God and Our Social Order 83

Deconstructing Monotheism 83

Reimagining the Character of God 86

Part 4 Reconstruction 91

8 The Journey of Repentance 92

The Mainline Church in Transition 92

The United Church of Canada and First Nations Peoples 97

Part 5 Reparation 101

9 An Economy in the Service of Life 103

Sacred Land and the Resolution Copper Mine 103

Behind the Veil of Economics 105

Economics in the Service of Life 108

Religion and Class 109

Connecting Ethics and Economics 111

10 A Theology of Land and Life 118

Creating a New Identity Narrative 122

Sacred Sites 125

Cautious Hope 126

Finding an Alternative John Locke 128

A Theology Fit for the Future 131

Human Rights and Well-being 136

A Justice Parable for Today 139

Appendix: The Importance of Names 142

Index 144

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