5 Resources for Understanding Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality

"CRT/I have been around [since] long before 2019. I first encountered the ideas in an undergraduate philosophy class I took as a junior at a large state university in the 1990s. The premise of the class was that middle to upper-class white males, known as the 'dominant paradigm,' were largely responsible for oppression in American society, and thus, have less access to objective truth and must submit themselves to other paradigms." - Cripplegate

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Joel Shaffer's picture

Out of these 5 sources, 3 of them base their arguments on at least 3 logical fallacies.  "The Trojan Horse," "Just Thinking Podcast," and "By What Standard" utilizes Hasty Generalizations about conservative evangelicals whom they believe embrace CRT/CT/I as they Judge their Motives.  This allows them to create Straw Arguments for them to tear down.  "By What Standard" gives no context to the YouTube videos of the supposed supporters of CRT/CT/I.  

Thankfully, Neil Shenvi's book and website resources do not stoop to a slanderous level like the other resources.  He does a great job demonstrating that CRT/CT/I as systems, need to be rejected because they are incompatible with Scripture and Cardinal doctrines of the faith.  Yet he also demonstrates bits of truth from these secular sociological theories that do correspond with Biblical truth (He has a small section in the book called "Positives of Contemporary Critical Theory").  

I briefly read Owen Strachen's 4-part series and I generally agree with him, but he was quite general in his observations.  The devil is usually in the details and he didn't seem to get too detailed about CRT/CT/I like Shenvi does.  

 

Mark_Smith's picture

"That's a Logical Fallacy" logical fallacy used to demean any argument you disagree with... it pops up a lot here at SI.

 

Mark_Smith's picture

"You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly."

That pretty much defeats one of the primary legs of modern social justice theory.

Joel Shaffer's picture

Not just any argument that I disagree with.  Only the ones that address Biblical Social Justice issues because I have 30 years of experience as an urban missionary, along with an MA in Intercultural studies, and have developed and taught two classes at Cornerstone University on the subject,   I've been asked to pitch a book on Biblical Social Justice this coming summer with a major Christian publisher in Chicago so I'm currently working on the first two chapters along with the table of contents. This is my area of expertise, so I think I can make these types of evaluations with the several thousands of hours of research I've done in theology, social ethics, and social justice and claim that I know what I'm talking about.      

Read Shenvi's book. 

It's a free e-book and it doesn't resort to taking pot-shots the way 3 of the other sources do. https://ratiochristi.org/engaging-critical-theory-and-the-social-justice...

TylerR's picture

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Thanks. I will buy your book if it gets published! You have a lot to say on this subject.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?