In this article, Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer ask, “[W]hat is critical theory? And what should Christians think about it?”
In this article, Mark Coppenger analyzes the “theory” behind Critical Race Theory and Intersectional Theory discussed at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama.
In this article, Tom Ascol explains that the infamous Resolution 9 at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention, “was ill-advised from the start. I first read the resolution when Al Mohler texted me about the prospect of amending it on Wednesday morning (shortly after it was published). My hot take was that the resolution was a disaster in that it would create a firestorm in its original form (it didn’t take Nostradamus to see that coming).”
In Part III of this podcast, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. discusses the infamous Resolution 9 from the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, stating, “Ideas, as we know, do have consequences, and one of the most lamentable consequences, but the main consequence of critical race theory and intersectionality is identity politics, and identity politics can only rightly be described, as antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have to see identity politics as disastrous for the culture and nothing less than devastating for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In this thread, Josh Daws addresses what is, “a common misconception that the concern about Critical Theory in the church is *really* about promoting Trumpism and right-wing politics.”
Stephen Feinstein, the original author of what became Resolution 9: On Critical Race Theory And Intersectionality passed by the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, AL, has posted a new resolution on the subject of Critical Race Theory to be submitted at his state convention’s next annual meeting. You can read the new resolution on Feinstein’s blog. Feinstein reports that he worked with Dr. Neil Shenvi and Dr. Pat Sawyer to ensure the proposed resolution is, “very precise, accurate, and most importantly, far stronger than Resolution 9 as passed.”
[NB: The controversy around Resolution 9 is important context for this post. If you are unfamiliar with that controversy I think you can familiarize yourself pretty well by reading this piece from The Baptist Courier along with this one from Tom Ascol at the Founders Ministries Blog.]
I am largely unfamiliar with Feinstein beyond his connection to Resolution 9 and completely unfamiliar with Dr. Sawyer. I have, however, followed Dr. Shenvi’s social media and largely appreciate the analysis of Critical Theory and Critical Race Theory he has offered. I write that in order to make clear that the remainder of this post is offered in a fraternal spirit and in general support of what I take to be efforts to mitigate the impact of CT/CRT/CRTI on Southern Baptists.
Scroll to bottom for an update – Ed.
On January 26th of 2019 J.D. Greear preached a sermon titled “How the Fall Affects Us All” at the church he pastors, Summit Church of North Carolina. In that sermon Greear made multiple points addressing homosexual attraction and how the church should relate to those who experience same sex attraction that raised major questions about how the sitting President of our church’s denomination understands sexual and civic issues connected with the topic of sexuality.