Dean Johnson


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Term paper: Theology of Work in First Nation Education
Document Description: 

This is a term paper submitted by Dr. Dean Johnson as part of his studies at Bakke Graduate University.

SAMPLE TEXT: “After doing all of the readings, and reflecting on the educational statistics that I discovered while doing my dissertation, and seeing the disparity in learning outcomes between First Nations and other students in the province I applied for the position of school principal at our local school and was hired. (Just this week)”…

“If there was one thing I read that perhaps affected me the most it was Novak's comment "Business is, bar none, the best hope of the poor. And is one of the noblest callings inherent in business activities: to raise up the poor." The best hope isn't prayer, bible study, personal salvation, rehabilitation programs, mercy or grace. Business.  Whether I agree with this comment or not it is hard to argue that productive employment can have a redemptive purpose in the kingdom of God.”

English Theology of Work, Indigenous People


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Addressing The Chasm

There is a chasm that separates the Church from many First Nations people in Canada. As long as this chasm exists and continues to grow, both the Church and First Nations are weakened. In order for the gap to be closed, it is important to recognize and understand three facets of the chasm: its nature, origins, and dynamics. This issue can only be addressed when people are able to see the chasm, understand how it was formed, and see how it is being maintained. The focus of this study is on the chasm that will be the encounters between the Church and the Nuu-chah-nulth people. One cannot understand this chasm without first recognizing its existence on a broader scope. This chasm is not unique to First Nations and the church in Canada. It exists between First Nations and various levels of governments in Canada, between First Nations and industry, and increasingly between First Nations and other Canadians. This chasm is also reflective of the chasm that exists between the colonized and the colonizers around the world.

Publishing Info: 

Bakke Graduate University, June 2012

English Theology of Work, Indigenous People