Michael Bird, Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, wrote a piece at Patheos the other day called, “The Fundamentalist War on Wokeness is a War on Christian Love.” The post is of interest here because it touches on several topics that are important to the justice discussion in relation to false ideologies becoming ever more popular within the church. The post also implicates Owen Strachan, a Southern Baptist professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a supposed fundamentalist war on love.
Owen Strachan recently delivered a series of six talks on Christianity & Wokeness which you can find below.
Five years ago, Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire fame wrote an article titled, “Gay Marriage Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Selma Envy.” The article is worth checking out, even though its point differs significantly from that of this post. Fiene wrote:
My generation engages in straw men, misinformation, and lies because, in every year of social studies class, we studied the civil-rights movement not as history, but as hagiography. We didn’t just learn what events happened on American soil, we were encouraged to mimic the segregation-defeating holy ones and merit for ourselves a place alongside them in glory. Combining that admonition with our general aversion to hard work, we concluded that the only thing necessary to be as righteous as the saints who fought racial injustice was to decry an injustice that no one else was. And we became so desperate to find that injustice, we lost our minds in the process.
Fiene proved himself to possess prescience few of us could have understood at the time. Aside from that, Fiene perhaps inadvertently highlighted a tendency found in almost anyone who works toward some cause. I’m talking about a type of hagiographic jealousy. Consider the calls for a modern-day Conservative Resurgence.
In this post, Neil Shenvi responds to charges he is promoting ‘slave master theology,’ writing, “we need to recognize that there are deep problems at work in our culture and in the church. The social gospel and liberation theology are not dead; they are not even dormant. They are erupting.”
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!
Find it on Apple Podcasts or by clicking here.
It seems that we could generate much more light, instead of mere heat, if we would take the time to define the terms of our controversies. In the past few years, a social media divide has emerged among Christians who argue, on the one hand, that we must address racism by preaching the gospel, and those who argue, on the other hand, that while the gospel must remain central to the church, wider forms of social activism are also necessary as legitimate implications of the gospel. This common method of framing the debate is actually too crude to be helpful. What we need is a nuanced look at what, exactly, is being argued on each side.
In this post, non-SBC author Hohn Cho writes, “it is at best disconcerting when certain people point their fingers at me, and others like me, and claim that we owe them something, when to the best of my knowledge and recollection, I owe nothing to these folks. In many cases, I’ve never even met them before! How and when does this happen? Well, in the United States, we often see it in the context of discussions about ‘privilege’ and social justice.”
In this post, Brad Green writes, “Current revolutionary activity is a manifestation of a kind of religious faith, even if this faith is—on Christian terms—ultimately a form of unbelief.“
In this article, non-SBC author Erick Erickson writes, “Some churches are so focused on empathizing with sinners they’re turning a blind eye to sin…. Wokeness is not really about injustice. It is about power.”
In this article, Mark Devine addresses a statement from Drew Brees and explains, “Brees’ words violated dogmas of the largest, fastest growing religious group in America — the Church of the Left — the Woke Church. Once he’d uttered those words, church inquisitors cornered Brees with mechanical efficiency and his public doctrinal examination commenced.”