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Karl Koop specializes in the history of Christianity and in contemporary theology, and is particularly interested in Anabaptist studies, Systematic Theology and topics related to religious unity.  He has written and co-edited several books and articles related to Anabaptist studies and the study of church doctrine. He is currently working on a project that examines the intersection between the sacred and the secular.

Karl received his Ph.D. from St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology, an M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, a BA from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College. Before coming to Canadian Mennonite University. Karl taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, and was involved with Mennonite Central Committee in Germany for several years. He has also worked in pastoral ministry.

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In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • What is a Mennonite
  • Where Mennonites originate
  • Why there are different “varieties”
  • How the rise of Protestantism created a disconnect with Earth Wisdom
  • How persecution and immigration affects your world view
  • How modern Mennonites are reconnecting with concern for the environment

Ed was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the youngest of 13 children, a Teton Oglala Lakota. He had a good life, with lots of love, and lots of brothers and sisters. Dad was very caring, hard working, loyal, and provided well for the family. Mother, who was Catholic, got very political and well regarded in the community.

He went on to serve a distinguished career as a Marines pilot of an F-4 Phantom, graduate from Law School, but his heart was calling him elsewhere. Because of his success (100,000 copies of Mother Earth Spirituality) as an author, Ed left his law practice. It was important for Ed to get the facts out about Indian history. Academic Indians don’t know it. He did Sundance six times. They weren’t warriors; they don’t go in the military. Somebody had to write it. He’s since written at least ten books with two more on the way.


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