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July 24, 2020

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Wayne Northey

Thanks Josh.

Great insights!

I have a close relative who simply and airily dismisses all that historical horror towards aboriginal peoples. More, he rails against indigenous leaders who dare to suggest we settlers have any responsibility whatsoever to make things right.

Sadly, that view is still dominant in Canada and all over the colonized world. It's a form of fundamentalism obdurately insulated against any trace of empathy, shut off from any kind of moral suasion/culpability, incapable of/unwilling to recognizing Truth. On the order of: "God said it! I believe it! That settles it!." To which one says: Dreadful!

An excellent set of resources by the Christian Reformed Church is: The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny, and American Exceptionalism (https://waynenorthey.com/2018/02/07/the-doctrine-of-discovery-manifest-destiny-and-american-exceptionalism/).

Mennonite Church Canada through Steve Heinrichs has also developed many outstanding resources. See: MC Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations (https://www.commonword.ca/Browse/868).

On my website,https://waynenorthey.com/ ,there are resources under "indigenous" (https://waynenorthey.com/?s=indigenous) and "aboriginal" (https://waynenorthey.com/?s=aboriginal) for starters.

To catch on to the prophetic in Scripture is not to read the "Left Behind" series. That takes one in the diametrically opposite direction of biblical faithfulness--even if, outside the Bible, the all-time world bestseller!. It is rather two things (at least):
1. Having eyes to see, ears to hear
2. Connecting dots.

We humans/followers of Jesus don't tend to do well at either . . .

Thanks again.

Blessings

Wayne

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