When Ed Dahl commissioned me to participate in this plenary session, I asked him what he wanted me to talk about.  He responded by saying that I needed to “go into discovery-exploration theology” more deeply. More deeply? My goodness, I have never read a word about discovery-exploration theology in my entire professional life.  Yet, Ed assured me that his charge was right down my alley. Even though I do not intend to be at all theological, I would over the next half-hour or so like to present some unconnected thoughts and ideas that have accumulated over the past forty years during which time I have read, taught, and written about geographical exploration and discovery.  Inasmuch as this plenary session is designed to generate discussion, I hope you will have much to say when I finish.

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