Doctrine of Christian Discovery

The podcast explores how a centuries-old Christian doctrine encouraged conquest and colonization of non-Christians -- and how its legacies still affect various lands and peoples.

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery podcast was produced during the “Religious Origins of White Supremacy: Johnson v. M'Intosh and the Doctrine of Christian Discovery" conference in December 2023 at Syracuse University in New York.

The podcast is pitched to students and others beginning their exploration of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.

The producers acknowledge with respect the Onondaga Nation, firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the Indigenous people on whose ancestral lands Syracuse University now stands. May the information you glean from this podcast motivate you to uphold Indigenous values, protect Mother Earth and honor Indigenous treaties.

The producers would like to thank the sponsors who made this podcast possible. Many thanks to: The Henry Luce Foundation; Syracuse University; Indigenous Values Initiative; American Indian Law Alliance; American Indian Community House; Good Faith Media; Tonatierra; and Toward Our Common Public Life. We appreciate your support.

This podcast is produced in collaboration between Good Faith Media, Syracuse University, and Indigenous Values Initiative.

Host: Tanner Randall, Good Faith Media. Executive producers: Mitch Randall, Good Faith Media; Philip P. Arnold and Sandy Bigtree, Indigenous Values Initiative; and Adam DJ Brett, Syracuse University and American Indian Law Alliance. Producer: Cliff Vaughn. Editor: David Pang. Music: Pond5. Production assistance: American Indian Law Alliance.

Betty Lyons: Understanding the Doctrine
Special guest: Betty Lyons, president and executive director of American Indian Law Alliance.
36 min
Robert P. Jones: White Supremacy's Roots
Special guest: Robert P. Jones, president and founder of Public Religion Research Institute.
27 min
Robert J. Miller: Property & Sovereignty
Special guest: Robert J. Miller, professor of law at Arizona State University.
27 min
Gustavo Melo Cerqueira & Danielle N. Boaz: Reli...
Special guests: Gustavo Melo Cerqueira & Danielle N. Boaz, International Commission to Combat Religious Racism.
28 min
Steven Newcomb & JoDe Goudy: U.S. Law
Special guests: Steven Newcomb & JoDe Goudy, educators.
43 min
Eve Reyes-Aguirre: Environment & Creation
Special guest: Eve Reyes-Aguirre, community organizer with Tonatierra.
33 min
João Chaves: Influence in the Americas
Special guest: João Chaves, assistant professor of the history of religion at Baylor University.
43 min
Mitch Randall: Countering Conversion
Special guest: Mitch Randall, CEO of Good Faith Media.
27 min