The mindset behind the 15th Century Doctrine of Discovery is alive and well in the United States. Several friends of Healing Minnesota Stories forwarded an alarming article about the rise of what is called “Dominion Theology” or “Dominionism.”
It was a new term to me. A Google search turned up several definitions. For instance, the website Endtimespilgrim.org says:
Dominion Theology incorporates a Crusader mindset. It teaches that it is our Christian duty to take over the world, in a political sense, and if necessary, in a military sense, in order to impose Biblical rule. Christ will not return, (they say), until the church has “risen up” and “taken dominion” over all of the world’s governments and institutions.
The website Apprising Ministries provides this working definition of Dominionism:
The belief that we (mankind) have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming ourselves and all societal institutions, through subduing and ruling the earth by whatever means possible, including using technology, science and psycho-social engineering; and then and only then will a “Christ” manifest his presence on earth.
It’s an old idea with a new label. It sounds a lot like the thinking behind the Doctrine of Discovery that sent explorers from Europe to Christianize, “civilize” and dominate whatever new lands and peoples they happened to find. Continue reading