The discussion on CRT/Intersectionality is complex and evolving. Even so, there are some good resources out there for Christians to get equipped. The following are a few helpful resources for understanding and evaluating CRT/I.
Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT/I) experienced a spike in attention last June with the approval of Resolution #9 at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Of course, CRT/I have been around long before 2019. I first encountered the ideas in an undergraduate philosophy class I took as a junior at a large state university in the 1990s. The premise of the class was that middle to upper-class white males, known as the “dominant paradigm,” were largely responsible for oppression in American society, and thus, have less access to objective truth and must submit themselves to other paradigms. CRT/I isn’t new, nor is it going away anytime soon.
The discussion on CRT/I is complex and evolving. Even so, there are some good resources out there for Christians to get equipped. The following are a few resources that I have found helpful in understanding and evaluating CRT/I.
Written by Neil Shenvi and Patrick Sawyer, this little booklet gives a fair explanation of CRT/I, quoting from primary sources. They provide a sound biblical critique, demonstrating the incompatibility of CRT/I with the worldview of Scripture. After showing that they are two differing worldviews, they expose the contrasting epistemologies. They write,
“Contemporary critical theorists maintain that an oppressed person’s perception of reality and apprehension of truth is enhanced by her social location” (8).
“Christians should be very careful not to assume that what critical theorists call ‘oppression’ is actually oppression from a biblical perspective” (10).
In the end, Shenvi and Sawyer demonstrate how CRT/I is not a helpful tool for the gospel, but is anti-gospel.