October 15, 2020

In yesterday’s post, I tackled two good questions I’ve gotten in response to my “Christianity & Wokeness” lectures (and this video excerpt from the first lecture). I addressed 1) what wokeness is and 2) who should be disciplined for teaching wokeness. Today, I want to address a third good question that many are asking: how do I determine what wokeness is not? I front-loaded this question in my talks, addressing it in the first part of the first lecture. I… Read more

October 14, 2020

Recently, I gave a series of lectures about “wokeness.” These lectures occasioned many responses on social media. Some responses showed a lack of familiarity with the actual content I delivered, which is always surprising. After all, my talks were not driven by ad hominem name-calling, but rather a real intellectual respect for the proponents of wokeness. Though I am no perfect speaker (I do entirely too many hand-motions, for starters), I did not burn their system down with a hashtag;… Read more

June 8, 2020

(Author’s note: I have taken the opportunity to collect my four posts about CRT into one in order to make the whole series readable.) Part One | Critical Race Theory: Is it Christian? First Principles (Part 1) In recent years, a serious discussion has taken place around the subject of race. Various events in American public life have prompted and informed dimensions of this discussion, including some events that have shocked and saddened many. Thankfully, within Christian circles, many believers seem… Read more

February 26, 2020

In a recent piece on polyamory, Preston Sprinkle and Branson Parler make the argument that there are “good things” in polyamorous interest. In their handling, the desire for community, togetherness, and romance can drive us into polyamorous practice, which Sprinkle and Parler technically call wrong. This is not a new form of argumentation. We’ve seen this argument in the debate over “gay Christianity,” for example. Some of what draws people to homosexual identity and practice, we hear, is positive—the desire… Read more

February 24, 2020

Last week I observed on Twitter that men today are undisciplined in various ways. Here’s what I wrote: Men today are often soft, weak, passive, unprotective. But physical discipline is key for men. Hear Paul: “I batter my body and make it my slave” (1 Cor 9:27). Manhood shaped and powered by the gospel of grace is protective, sharp, watchful. The man who is willfully soft physically is often soft spiritually. Some folks on social media seemed to take this… Read more

January 28, 2020

My comments in this post build off of parts one, two, and three. We dive back into our interaction with CRT in order to understand three final problems with this system.  Fifth, CRT destabilizes truth, making it narratival rather than absolute. We see the postmodern dimension of CRT here. While CRT advocates embrace standpoint epistemology and thus honor absolute truth conceptually, CRT emphasizes that our access to social location will shape our handling of truth (I’m citing conversation with Neil… Read more

January 28, 2020

My comments in this post build off of parts one, two, and three. We dive back into our interaction with CRT in order to understand three final problems with this system. Fifth, CRT destabilizes truth, making it narratival rather than absolute. We see the postmodern dimension of CRT here. CRT emphasizes “my truth,” which when possessed by an unprivileged person becomes a weaponized tool of cultural change. Postmodernity, we recognize, is not actually “soft” truth, though; it is actually “hard”… Read more

January 28, 2020

In part one we reviewed “first principles” from a Christian vision of ethnicity; in part two we took a look at CRT. A question remains: is CRT a system that Christians should embrace? CRT advocates, after all, see real failings in American society and culture. Is the system of thought and activism they have generated the biblical answer to sin of various kinds? In what follows, we see that CRT is not Christian, and should not be embraced by Christians…. Read more

January 28, 2020

In part one, we charted our first principles on this general subject. In this section, we seek to sketch—in a brief manner—the core commitments and ideas of CRT. This is not an exhaustive accounting and is not intended to be, please note; in addition, when I cite sources to give a quick tracking of the conversation over CRT, I am in no way necessarily commending the argument or worldview represented in the source. In most cases, as will be clear,… Read more

January 28, 2020

In recent years, a serious discussion has taken place around the subject of race. Various events in American public life have prompted and informed dimensions of this discussion, including some events that have shocked and saddened many. Thankfully, within Christian circles, many believers seem to have a common desire to work for unity along ethnic lines. But there is considerable discussion, and even disagreement, about how best to do so. The worldview called critical race theory (CRT) has gained some… Read more




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