In my last blog, I talked about my recently published book, Twenty Questions That Shaped World Christian History. Taking our cue from the way that Jesus taught his disciples, this book queries whether the story of world Christianity is best told followed by a series of question marks than by semicolons, periods, or, worse yet, exclamation marks. Out of an endless array of questions from which to choose, this book narrates the history of Christianity by responding to twenty key questions in the church’s past. Each chapter begins with a story that provokes one overarching question for discussion. The remaining chapter provides responses to each question from writers of that century, with a conclusion attempting to shed light on the possible outcomes to the question.
The question we are going to look at today is one of the most peculiar theological questions ever asked: Who owns newly discovered land? The answer, you might be surprised to learn, were the newly united nations of Spain and Portugal, the superpowers of the Late Middle Ages. How is that possible? Read below to find out.