Critical Race Theory

On the Use and Abuse of Critical Race Theory in American Christianity

"...as practiced, it quite often creates a virtual irrebuttable starting presumption that 'existing power structures' can be accurately analyzed primarily (or sometimes exclusively) through the prism of race. The end result, ironically enough, is both reductive and complex." - The Dispatch

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Pushing back against the madness

I’m a bi-vocational pastor who works in the real world. In my own small way, I am fighting against the anti-racism madness sweeping our society. If you are tempted to believe I am one of those, “ain’t got no racism in there here country!” evangelicals who worship President Trump and have the GOP party platform sown into my bible between Malachi and Matthew, I direct you to my comments on racism and Jim Crow, and about the dangers of Christian nationalism.

Corporate and government human resources (“HR”) offices are prime movers behind the new religion of so-called anti-racism or critical race theory (“CRT”). This is a movement that’s captured the hearts and minds of the academy and the social science departments of colleges and universities. It may capture you, too. Here’s how it works:

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Critical theory is not biblical justice, it locates evil in the wrong place: Tim Keller explains

"There have never been stronger calls for justice than those we are hearing today. But seldom do those issuing the calls acknowledge that currently there are competing visions of justice, often at sharp variance, and that none of them have achieved anything like a cultural consensus, not even in a single country like the U.S." - Keller

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The Age of Zealots

I have begun reading a short primer on Crtical Race Theory (“CRT”), written by those who believe it. I won’t provide substantive comment on the merits of the ideology here. But, I do wish to take a step back and make an observation - CRT is a religion.

People are very, very religious. Don’t let secularism fool you. It’s a religion, too. Everybody has a religion. You may have seen statistics that say there is a rise in people who claim no religious affiliation. Those statistics are misleading. Religion is alive and well. It’s just a different kind of religion that’s thriving. The religious economy has changed, but it’s still kicking.

Why do I say CRT is a religion? Why do I say there are lots of religions floating around in the petri dish that is the secular West?

Well, it begins by explaining what religion is. For that, I offer you the words of two sociologists and a well-respected theologian:

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“We seem to feel free to pass along rumors and insinuations, as long as they further our agendas.”

"...assigning motives to actions is hardly a godly thing to do. These “discernment” guys generally seem to regard themselves as having a nearly infallible insight into the minds and hearts of those they bite and devour." - SBC Voices

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