Sovereignty : Indigenous counter-examples

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Brett, Mark G. and Wolfe, Naomi. (2020). Sovereignty : Indigenous counter-examples. International Journal of Public Theology. 14(1), pp. 24-40. https://doi.org/10.1163/15697320-12341599
AuthorsBrett, Mark G. and Wolfe, Naomi
Abstract

Through assertions of ‘sovereignty’, modern nation states lay claim to an undivided authority. It is commonly suggested that this kind of political assertion superseded the overlapping authorities of medieval theological imagination. But in settler colonial states, Indigenous sovereignties endure to the present, not washed away by the ‘tide of history’, and in many cases Indigenous peoples embrace Christian identities along with traditional law and custom. The peculiar complexities of Australian history reveal many counter-examples to the conventional modernist tale, and in particular, the article seeks to show how Indigenous Christians snatched the King James Bible from Protestant doctrines of discovery. This discussion comes at an historically significant time as Australian state governments contemplate treaty making with the First Nations, each of whom exercise their own alternative model of sovereignty within local jurisdictions. This article argues that biblical theologies can support the making of modern treaties.

Keywordssovereignty; Indigenous Christianities; doctrines of discovery; treaty
Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 24-40
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
ISSN1872-5171
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/15697320-12341599
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85086410191
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