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    Is there a Christian alternative to critical race theory?

    Is there a Christian alternative to critical race theory?

    The SBC passed a resolution recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as a useful analytic tool to study problems in society. They also conceded that they were built from ideologies incompatible with the faith.

    Deconstruction grew out of an anti Christian philosophy of the same name. But as an analytical tool, such as in literature analysis, it is widely recognized as a tool which is independent of its philosophical counterpart.

    Can critical race theory be used without endorsing its philosophical origins?

    Has Christianity, or Christian thought offered any alternative to critical race theory, or its opposition, the white supremacist worldview?

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    Galatians 3:26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Is there a Christian alternative to critical race theory?

    The SBC passed a resolution recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as a useful analytic tool to study problems in society. They also conceded that they were built from ideologies incompatible with the faith.

    Deconstruction grew out of an anti Christian philosophy of the same name. But as an analytical tool, such as in literature analysis, it is widely recognized as a tool which is independent of its philosophical counterpart.

    Can critical race theory be used without endorsing its philosophical origins?

    Has Christianity, or Christian thought offered any alternative to critical race theory, or its opposition, the white supremacist worldview?
    It's not the least bit surprising to me why you didn't present a cite, and so badly misrepresented what the SBC said.

    I'll help ya out a bit....

    On Critical Race Theory And Intersectionality

    And the relevant section which you misrepresent actually says...

    RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11–12, 2019, affirm Scripture as the first, last, and sufficient authority with regard to how the Church seeks to redress social ills, and we reject any conduct, creeds, and religious opinions which contradict Scripture; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That the gospel of Jesus Christ alone grants the power to change people and society because “he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6); and be it further...


    Your version: The SBC passed a resolution recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as a useful analytic tool to study problems in society.
    Actual cite: That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks;

    And, also....

    RESOLVED, That while we denounce the misuse of critical race theory and intersectionality, we do not deny that ethnic, gender, and cultural distinctions exist and are a gift from God that will give Him absolute glory when all humanity gathers around His throne in worship because of the redemption accomplished by our resurrected Lord
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    And the opposite of Critical Race Theory isn't White Supremacy, it is ACTUAL inclusion and equality of everyone. CRT is nearly as bad as WS in that it seeks to divide and organize people in a hierarchy of sex, race, money, and victimology. The same thing as WS does, but with minorities at the top and white people at the bottom.

    Two sides of the same racist coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    And the opposite of Critical Race Theory isn't White Supremacy, it is ACTUAL inclusion and equality of everyone. CRT is nearly as bad as WS in that it seeks to divide and organize people in a hierarchy of sex, race, money, and victimology. The same thing as WS does, but with minorities at the top and white people at the bottom.

    Two sides of the same racist coin.
    One of the main reasons the SBC said, in the actual cite (as opposed to the misrepresentation of the resolution) "we do not deny that ethnic, gender, and cultural distinctions exist" has to do with the fact that "Sunday morning 11 AM is one of the most segregated hours of the week"..... It's just a fact that blacks have a different "cultural" style of worship than whites, and, and language often separates congregations like our Korean mission and our Hispanic mission. We love each other and worship together at times, but, for the most part, it just makes more sense for each to have their own "style" or language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    It's not the least bit surprising to me why you didn't present a cite, and so badly misrepresented what the SBC said.

    I'll help ya out a bit....

    On Critical Race Theory And Intersectionality

    And the relevant section which you misrepresent actually says...

    RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11–12, 2019, affirm Scripture as the first, last, and sufficient authority with regard to how the Church seeks to redress social ills, and we reject any conduct, creeds, and religious opinions which contradict Scripture; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That the gospel of Jesus Christ alone grants the power to change people and society because “he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6); and be it further...


    Your version: The SBC passed a resolution recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as a useful analytic tool to study problems in society.
    Actual cite: That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks;

    And, also....

    RESOLVED, That while we denounce the misuse of critical race theory and intersectionality, we do not deny that ethnic, gender, and cultural distinctions exist and are a gift from God that will give Him absolute glory when all humanity gathers around His throne in worship because of the redemption accomplished by our resurrected Lord
    Okay. So you do not see a problem with the SBC's resolution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Okay. So you do not see a problem with the SBC's resolution?
    I think they're pandering a bit, but... what's the problem with the actual resolution?
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Okay. So you do not see a problem with the SBC's resolution?
    I'm also curious....

    A) Where did you come across this, since it's obvious that you didn't actually read the resolution itself?
    2) Why does it matter to you?
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    Just as an fyi, here is the resolution:



    On Critical Race Theory And Intersectionality
    Birmingham, AL - 2019

    Tags: race, race theory

    WHEREAS, Concerns have been raised by some evangelicals over the use of frameworks such as critical race theory and intersectionality; and

    WHEREAS, Critical race theory is a set of analytical tools that explain how race has and continues to function in society, and intersectionality is the study of how different personal characteristics overlap and inform one’s experience; and

    WHEREAS, Critical race theory and intersectionality have been appropriated by individuals with worldviews that are contrary to the Christian faith, resulting in ideologies and methods that contradict Scripture; and

    WHEREAS, Evangelical scholars who affirm the authority and sufficiency of Scripture have employed selective insights from critical race theory and intersectionality to understand multifaceted social dynamics; and

    WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message states, “[A]ll Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried” (Article I); and

    WHEREAS, General revelation accounts for truthful insights found in human ideas that do not explicitly emerge from Scripture and reflects what some may term “common grace”; and

    WHEREAS, Critical race theory and intersectionality alone are insufficient to diagnose and redress the root causes of the social ills that they identify, which result from sin, yet these analytical tools can aid in evaluating a variety of human experiences; and

    WHEREAS, Scripture contains categories and principles by which to deal with racism, poverty, sexism, injustice, and abuse that are not rooted in secular ideologies; and

    WHEREAS, Humanity is primarily identified in Scripture as image bearers of God, even as biblical authors address various audiences according to characteristics such as male and female, Jew and Gentile, slave and free; and

    WHEREAS, The New Covenant further unites image bearers by creating a new humanity that will one day inhabit the new creation, and that the people of this new humanity, though descended from every nation, tribe, tongue, and people, are all one through the gospel of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:16; Revelation 21:1–4, 9–14); and

    WHEREAS, Christian citizenship is not based on our differences but instead on our common salvation in Christ—the source of our truest and ultimate identity; and

    WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention is committed to racial reconciliation built upon biblical presuppositions and is committed to seeking biblical justice through biblical means; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11–12, 2019, affirm Scripture as the first, last, and sufficient authority with regard to how the Church seeks to redress social ills, and we reject any conduct, creeds, and religious opinions which contradict Scripture; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That the gospel of Jesus Christ alone grants the power to change people and society because “he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6); and be it further

    RESOLVED, That Southern Baptists will carefully analyze how the information gleaned from these tools are employed to address social dynamics; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That Southern Baptist churches and institutions repudiate the misuse of insights gained from critical race theory, intersectionality, and any unbiblical ideologies that can emerge from their use when absolutized as a worldview; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That we deny any philosophy or theology that fundamentally defines individuals using categories identified as sinful in Scripture rather than the transcendent reality shared by every image bearer and divinely affirmed distinctions; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That while we denounce the misuse of critical race theory and intersectionality, we do not deny that ethnic, gender, and cultural distinctions exist and are a gift from God that will give Him absolute glory when all humanity gathers around His throne in worship because of the redemption accomplished by our resurrected Lord; and be it finally

    RESOLVED, That Southern Baptist churches seek to exhibit this eschatological promise in our churches in the present by focusing on unity in Christ amid image bearers and rightly celebrate our differences as determined by God in the new creation.

    http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/2308/...ersectionality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    And the opposite of Critical Race Theory isn't White Supremacy, it is ACTUAL inclusion and equality of everyone. CRT is nearly as bad as WS in that it seeks to divide and organize people in a hierarchy of sex, race, money, and victimology. The same thing as WS does, but with minorities at the top and white people at the bottom.

    Two sides of the same racist coin.
    Here's some good background on the SBC Resolution....

    SBC Resolution 9: Statement on Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality Point of Controversy and Disagreement

    I was more familiar with the proposed resolution, and was not at the 2019 annual meeting, and was too busy to pay much attention to what happened there.


    Curtis Woods, chairman of the Resolutions Committee, gives the committee's report at the 2019 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. “The Resolutions Committee was committed to making sure every resolution was critiqued with the desire to keep the gospel of Jesus Christ above all,” Woods said. “Every resolution was prayed over as well as the person who submitted the resolution.” (Photo by Marc Ira Hooks)

    The most controversial resolution at the 2019 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention was Resolution 9, “On Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.” While resolutions are not binding, they are important because they send a message to the larger culture, especially the secular media.

    One of the issues many had with the resolution was that the original resolution as presented by Stephen Feinstein, pastor of Sovereign Way Church in California, was altered so much by the Resolutions Committee that it changed the meaning and intent of the original resolution. Feinstein shared with The Baptist Courier that his “intent was to denounce Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality ideology so that we could hold accountable those espousing it, especially within SBC institutions.”

    Critical Race Theory evolved from the legal realm as a method for doing critical analysis of race and racism, highlighting the idea that racism is ingrained in the fabric and system of American society.
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