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Critical Theory, The SBC, and The Local Church with Neil Shenvi

On this episode of the new CR:V Podcast apologist Neil Shenvi sits down with Jeff Wright to talk about Critical Theory’s impact on the world, Christianity, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the local church.

Neil offers analysis of the origins and ideology of Critical Theory (and it’s derivative, Critical Race Theory) as well as the controversial Resolution 9 coming out of the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, and how church members should respond when and if they see Critical Theory making inroads into their local church – plus more!

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Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in the Southern Baptist Convention: Defense (Part 4 of 4)

Todd Benkert’s recent piece on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT|I) at SBCVoices.com is helpfully clarifying in at least three ways. First, Benkert straightforwardly admits that both he and others within the Southern Baptist Convention are using Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Benkert indicates they are not merely using the language of CRT|I, but its concepts, and intentionally so. Second, Benkert admits that these individuals are using CRT|I despite the fact that CRT|I is “dangerous.” Third, Benkert mounts a defense of CRT|I and the infamous Resolution 9, which he believes speaks of CRT|I in positive fashion. He would not change anything about Resolution 9, and does not believe it should be rescinded. Indeed, he believes doing so will actually set the SBC back in terms of “reconciliation work.”

Although Benkert attempts to take a middle way in his post, positing CRT|I as both an analytical tool and a dangerous ideology, his examples of using CRT|I as an analytical tool, some of which are discussed in this post, exemplify why CRT|I is such a dangerous ideology. This observation is not meant to impugn Benkert’s motives. Nevertheless, some (not saying this is true of Benkert) seem unaware of how far down the ideological rabbit hole they have gone. This series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) has highlighted some of the difficulties with doubling down on CRT|I in response to recent posts and podcasts pointing out its problems. This fourth and final post addresses Benkert’s defense of CRT|I by examining two examples he provides from CRT|I.

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BREAKING: Q&A with the 2019 Resolutions Committee about Resolution 9

In this article, “members of the 2019 Resolutions Committee sought to shed light on both their purpose in addressing the topic and the process by which the resolution was developed, with the goal of clarifying any misconceptions.”

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Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in the Southern Baptist Convention: Danger (Part 3 of 4)

Todd Benkert’s recent piece on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT|I) at SBCVoices.com is helpfully clarifying in at least three ways. First, Benkert straightforwardly admits that both he and others within the Southern Baptist Convention are using Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Benkert indicates they are not merely using the language of CRT|I, but its concepts, and intentionally so. Second, Benkert admits that these individuals are using CRT|I despite the fact that CRT|I is “dangerous.” Third, Benkert mounts a defense of CRT|I and the infamous Resolution 9, which he believes speaks of CRT|I in positive fashion. He would not change anything about Resolution 9, and does not believe it should be rescinded. Indeed, he believes doing so will actually set the SBC back in terms of “reconciliation work.”

Although Benkert attempts to take a middle way in his post, positing CRT|I as both an analytical tool and a dangerous ideology, his examples of using CRT|I as an analytical tool exemplify why CRT|I is such a dangerous ideology. This observation is not meant to impugn Benkert’s motives. Nevertheless, some (not saying this is true of Benkert) seem unaware of how far down the ideological rabbit hole they have gone. This series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) attempts to highlight some of the difficulties with doubling down on CRT|I in response to recent posts and podcasts pointing out its problems. This third of four posts addresses the second clarifying point noted above. Benkert admits that both he and others within the Southern Baptist Convention are using the language, concepts, and arguments of CRT|I, and are doing so intentionally, while recognizing its dangers. So it is worthwhile to examine how Benkert believes we can avoid the dangers involved in using CRT|I.

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BREAKING: Southern Baptist Leaders Speak Out on Resolution 9, Founders Trailer, Abuse – Al Mohler Addresses Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality

[EDIT: An earlier headline seemed to indicate that Al Mohler had spoken to the Founders Trailer. The hosts, Ascol, and Denhollander speak to it, but not Mohler. Nor do all individuals explicitly reject Resolution 9 in the interviews. The headline has been corrected.]

Nick Eicher and Megan Basham of The World and Everything in It interview all the major players in the current controversies of the Southern Baptist Convention in this podcast episode.

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CRT and intersectionality: just analytical tools? (Caleb Yarbrough)

In this article from the Arkansas Baptist, Caleb Yarbrough explains at length how, “The chief consequence of critical race theory and intersectionality, according to Mohler, is identity politics, which he argued is fundamentally ‘antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ.'”

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A Critical Analysis of Resolution 9 (Tom Nettles)

In this three part series, Tom Nettles addresses the controversial Resolution 9 of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama.

An Anti-Racist Intention

An Analogy to Critical Theory

The Leaven of CRT and Intersectionality

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Author of Original Resolution 9 Responds to Controversy and Looks to Future

In this Twitter thread, Stephen Michael Feinstein writes regarding Resolution 9 and Critical Theory, “CT and all of its wicked children (CRT,CFT, CQT, etc.) are about two or three years away from becoming the normative zeitgeist for our culture. Perhaps in three years, every kid that graduates from public school will be seeped in this godless ideology and its sub-categories. Parents have no idea it’s coming.”

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Identity Politics, Localism, and the SBC

I love the word “community,” but I hate to see it bastardized into such phrases as “the ________ community” (fill in the blank: white, black, gay, female, non-binary, Christian, minority, etc.). Whenever you put a modifier in front of “community” to define it as a demographic, you have actually changed the meaning of the term. A true community is a local establishment of households who share physical spaces and community traditions. They are invested in local history and institutions. They have flesh-and-blood interactions with one another. They eat together, do business together, send their children to school together, go to town hall meetings together, worship together, attend local public library events together, and thousands of other activities that are entailed in living one’s life locally. A city or town is itself a large community that is further subdivided into communities that exist at smaller levels: districts, neighborhoods, schools, churches, etc.

My point here is simply this: there is no such thing as a “community” of people who are grouped together on the basis of a demographic indicator (skin color, sexual orientation, sexual identity, etc.). The moment we speak of “the gay community,” for example, as a way of linking together gay people across 3.8 million square miles between our national borders, we are speaking of people who do not share common spaces and institutions, who do not (and cannot) have interactions with one another, and who therefore cannot in any meaningful sense constitute a community.

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Coffee and Cream Podcast Episode 29: Is Critical Theory A Threat? with Neil Shenvi and Matt Warner (Neil Shenvi)

In this podcast episode, the hosts focus on, “Ideas like: intersectionality, whiteness, and privilege, among others. All of these ideas have their roots in something called Critical Theory. Today, we talk with Neil Shenvi and Matt Warner, who discuss whether Critical Theory is a threat or is something that can be edifying for Christians to employ.”