Anabaptist reparations after 500 years

Mennonites and the Doctrine of Discovery


  • Drew G. I. Hart Messiah University


reparations, Doctrine of Discovery, anniversary, Mennonite, Anabaptist, Constantinianism, shalom church


Anabaptists must move beyond asking who physically forced Indigenous tribes off the land, or who owned enslaved people. Such a narrow focus is used to aid white Anabaptists in skirting historical complicity. The real challenge today is to perceive the comprehensive project that was the Doctrine of Discovery and how Anabaptists benefited and advantaged themselves through their missional participation in a diseased imagination.

Author Biography

Drew G. I. Hart, Messiah University

Drew G. I. Hart is co-editor of the book Reparations and the Theological Disciplines and an associate professor of theology at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.