SUMMARY: In a vulnerable and nuanced discussion about race, critical race theory, politics, the church, and culture, host Preston Sprinkle and Dr. Ed Uszynski discuss finding the “transcendent middle” while identifying how some Christians approach CRT with a lack of empathy and theological understanding of justice. Skip to the nine-minute mark to get to the meat of the interview.
This podcast pairs nicely with Lamont English‘s article Critical Race Theory is the New Boogeyman for the White Evangelical Reformed Church.
KEY QUOTE: “Christian people, in general, have been doing a poor job of recognizing that there are different conversations going on in Babylon, as you are referring to the larger secular culture, as opposed to what is going on in the church. They may need to be the same topics that need to get discussed, but the line of thinking, what we appeal to, our ability to separate ourselves out from political positions – to not do that. It ends up muddying the conversation- for example, when it comes to race. There is a conversation that is happening in the greater culture that is heading into a particular direction, that is being fueled by a particular language and systems of thinking – the critical theory, and Marxism, identity politics that is all part of the battle that is happening – systemic racism, police brutality – all this language. And I am not saying this is good or bad – I am just saying it is over there being talked about in secular culture. Inside the church we should have some different language. We should have a theological understanding of justice. For example, we should be immersed in care and concern for vulnerable populations regardless of color, gender, and background. We should robustly be able to think about what it means to care for the least of these… That is a Biblical idea that we should be immersed in theologically and Biblically, but I don’t think that is happening for most Christian people. I think most Christian people are engaging those issues, if they are doing it at all, with the secular stuff and don’t recognize we need to separate ourselves and think it two different lanes.” – Dr. Ed Uszynski
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More curated podcasts on critical race theory:
By Big Brown Army | Listen | 1h 13mPublished in July of 2021 SUMMARY: Big Brown Army host DeCruz and critical race theory expert Bradly Mason have an in-depth conversation where DeCruz asks several honest, poignant questions about CRT. Mason has clearly done a lot of research on CRT and we appreciated his nuanced answers.…Read more
By The Holy Post | Listen | 1h 20mPublished in December of 2020 SUMMARY: Although the podcast starts off a little goofy Phil Vischer along with Skye Jethani and Kaitlyn Schiess discuss the wholesale rejection of critical race theory by six southern Baptist presidents. The real meat though is in the interview ( where we…Read more
Christian apologist Neil Shenvi and pastor of The Bridge Church (Brooklyn, NY) Rasool Berry debate the many definitions of critical race theory – what it is, what it isn’t, the nuances, and the sticking points. Shenvi and Berry role model what is it like to have a conversation with a fellow Christian, but disagree about aspects of a certain subject. Skip to 2:45 to get to the interview.Read more