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 recommend you start — skip to 43:19) with David Fitch who says that critical race theory, and all critical theories for that matter, are good diagnostic tools, but they must not be divorced from a Christian view of justice. The interview provides a succinct, nuanced history of critical theory that does not throw the baby out with the bath water.
KEY QUOTE: “All these critical theorists would agree that (CRT) is not a basis for building a theory of justice…All critical theory is more diagnostic then it is basing a substantive theory of justice on…At their best these cultural theorists teach us how to ask good questions, make astute observations, locate voices (where) it can open space for the work of God in Christ to reconcile, heal, make bodies whole, (and) put into place various reactions and other formations…in other words critical race theory is a useful tool for understanding what is going on in society but it falls short of an actual framework for justice itself.”
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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
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
In a vulnerable and nuanced discussion about race, critical race theory, politics, the church, and culture host Preston Sprinkle and Dr. Ed Uszynski talk about finding the “transcendent middle” while getting to the root of the problem on how some Christians approach CRT with a lack of empathy and theological understanding of justice.Read more