What is Critical Race Theory and Resolution 9?


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At the 2019 SBC Convention Resolution 9 was submitted and written in such a way as to warn against Critical Race Theory.  The SBC board modified the resolution to accept that Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are useful as tools for analysis making it a part of the SBC platform and it was passed.

The original submitted Resolution[1] was submitted by Pastor Feinstein and because of the way it was written it needed to be revised. Awesomely Al Mohler called Pastor Tom Ascol and asked him to take a look at it and make the revisions.

Edited Version that was resubmitted.

    INSERT AFTER 1st Whereas—>

    Whereas, Critical race theory and intersectionality are godless ideologies that are indebted to radical feminism and postmodernism, and neo-Marxism; and

    ADD—>

    RESOLVED that we remind Southern Baptists that Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality emerged from a secular, worldview and are rooted in ideologies that are incompatible with Christianity; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we repudiate all forms of identity politics and any ideology that establishes human identity in anything other than divine creation in the image of God and, for all redeemed humanity, our common identity, together eternally united to Christ; and be it further

This was changed by the board of the SBC Convention to rather than repudiate CRT it actually resolved to adopt it as tools to be used.

The SBC board commented back to Tom Ascol that “It is our aspiration in this resolution simply to say that Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are simply analytical tools. They are meant to be used as tools, not as a worldview.” And that is basically how the final version of Resolution 9 actually read.

Why is it important to know what it is? Critical Race Theory is a key part of Social Justice and is used to dismantle or be critical as the word “Critical” implies of any system that is oppressing others. More specifically the oppression of others by white people whether that be real or perceived. So as you can imagine we see this being used in America today to supposedly dismantle racism.

What is Critical Race Theory?

To hear the professionals discuss this, check out the video where Sovereign Nations Founder Michael O’Fallon and the co-founders of New Discourses, Dr. Peter Boghossian and Dr. James Lindsay go through Critical Race Theory and show that it is being applied to every level of society including the Church. Dr. Boghossian and Dr. Lindsay are both Atheists.

CRT and Intersectionality theories come from 2 radicals. “Critical race theory is traced to the Harvard Law School and the founding theorist Derrick Bell who insists that “the law” perpetuates “white supremacy” and “white privilege.” Meanwhile, intersectionality is tied to the UCLA School of Law and Kimberlé Crenshaw, the pioneer of the concept, who developed this abstract idea to explain, for instance, how the “the intersection of maleness and whiteness” results in oppression against women of color.”[2]

  • “Critical race theory (CRT), the view that race, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is socially constructed and that race, as a socially constructed concept, functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it. According to CRT, racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interest in labour markets and politics and as such create the circumstances that give rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities. Though the intellectual origins of the movement go back much further, the CRT movement officially organized itself in July 1989.”[3] – Encyclopedia Britannica
  • [Christian University Student writing to Rod Dreher] “Critical theory (CT) “in the narrow sense designates several generations of German philosophers and social theorists in the Western European Marxist tradition known as the Frankfurt School. According to these theorists, a “critical” theory may be distinguished from a “traditional” theory according to a specific practical purpose: a theory is critical to the extent that it seeks human “emancipation from slavery”, acts as a “liberating…influence” … (Horkheimer 1972, 246).” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

CT identifies the primary dichotomy in life as oppressor and oppressed. It has been applied to gender, to sexuality, to race, even to colonialism. It has given us the fields of Queer Theory, Postcolonialism, and Whiteness Studies, among others. These are not just fields of study at secular universities – they are the latest and greatest in the world of Christian theology.[4]

Biblically, we are all made in the image of God and are one blood as Acts 17:11 states. There are not multiple races but only one, the human race. When God made Adam and Eve He put information into their DNA to allow for us to have the variety of skin tones that we have today

Critical Race Theory seeks to “correct” perceived social injustices whereas Christianity seeks to bring glory to our Lord. Matthew 5:14-16 – …so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. Our good works flow out of our salvation as Ephesians 2:8-10 explain …for we are created (in Christ) to do good works.

There is no doubt that social injustices exist and always will exist. The question always needs to be asked “Who decides what is an injustice and by what standard should it be fixed?”

The Church is dealing with these issues on a very grand scale. It should be noted that these issues are not being pushed by the churches. Rather as a number of pastors and commentators have pointed out these issues are being forced on churches by parachurch organizations. These are organizations that are outside of the local church and are not accountable to pastors and elder boards. I have spoken about the SBC and a number of the seminaries and their leaders as becoming infected with the whole CRT, Intersectionality, Social Justice disease. Please know that I have enjoyed Al Mohler over the years and what he has written and said but there seem to be some big issues that keep popping up with him. Only time will tell where he personally stands with this because right now it seems like he is saying one thing in one place and doing a different thing in another place. Almost every single one of the people that he has put in place in the seminaries and including Russell Moore at the ERLC have become full on social justice warriors to on degree or another. Only  time will tell.

  • On July 1, 2019 Albert Mohler tweeted a picture of the SBTS Library and how proud he was of it. In that picture it shows the New Academic Arrivals section and in the upper right hand corner is a book by Rebecca Mclaughlin. It’s the pink colored one with the dots on the front. It’s called Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. Rebecca is a homosexual affirming feminist.
Al’s Tweet of the Bookstore at SBTS

Mclaghlin in talk at TGC conference –  “For too long we have let our siblings shiver in the dark, feeling that they are weird and unwanted and unloved. Our churches must become places where same-sex attracted Christians are embraced and encouraged in their discipleship. In fact, faithful, Christ-following, self-denying, SSA Christians in our churches are not an embarrassment. They are an asset. People are stopping their ears to the gospel because they think we’re homophobic bigots. Same-sex attracted Christians are our God-given SWAT team to burst through those defenses… We must repent of the way we have allowed racism to thrive in our churches. We must repent of the actual homophobia that has infected our thinking for years.”[5]

She started this talk by reading from Harry Potter. We just keep seeing and hearing this appeal to culture. The claim of homophobic bigotry that is brought up is usually because pastors are calling this out as sin.

Around the time that Al posted his picture, a student at SBTS took a picture of another book in the book store on the sales rack and posted it. The name of the book is Womanist Sass and Talk Back. I would assume that there is some board or group of people that screen the books found in the bookstore. This is not Lifeway or some other large entity where they sell massive numbers of books even though many at Lifeway are heretical according to historical Christianity. If a Seminary can’t keep track of books being sold in their own bookstore then there are other issues that need to be cared for. Probably though these books have been placed there on purpose and there are probably several more like these.

Womanist Sass and Talk Back book – Another Picture from the SBTS Bookstore

Claims are still being made today that social injustices are occurring on a massive scale and CRT and Intersectionality are here to save the day. Just listen to what is said in the advertisement on Amazon about Mitzi J Smith a self proclaimed Black Feminist and her book Womanist Sass and Talk Back:

Womanist Sass and Talk Back is a contextual resistance text for readers interested in social (in)justice. Smith raises our consciousness about pressing contemporary social (in)justice issues that impact communities of color and the larger society. Systemic or structural oppression and injustices, police profiling and brutality, oppressive pedagogy, and gendered violence are placed in dialogue with sacred (con)texts. This book provides fresh intersectional readings of sacred (con)texts that are accessible to both scholars and nonscholars. Womanist Sass and Talk Back is for readers interested in critical interpretations of sacred (con)texts (ancient and contemporary) and in propagating the justice and love of God while engaging those (con)texts [emphasis ours].[6]

We actually get a breakdown of how she sees CRT and Intersectionality working together

On her website she states “”Womanism and/or black feminism (some women prefer the latter self-designation, although they are not synonymous) has always concerned itself with intersectionality or with the destruction of interconnected forms of oppression that impact black women’s lives (and other women of color) and their communities. Black women experience multiple forms of oppression, simultaneously. Such oppressions include racism, sexism, and classism….”

“Social justice for black women and their communities continues to be a struggle against interlocking forms of oppression. Because of the interrelated impact of race, gender, and class on “black, brown, and yellow” lives and especially on the lives of women and children of color, women of color who ignore race, gender, or class issues do so to the detriment of the larger community. If a black male focuses on race while ignoring or participating in gender bias against black women, he is exercising his male privilege. If white women demand gender parity without regard for the impact of racial bias on black women, they exercise their privileged position as white women. When elite women of color focus on racial and gender bias without regard for the impact of classism on poor women, men, and children of any race, they are exercising class privilege…” Womanist NT Scholar, MJS[7]

  • Trying to keep the classifications in mind and adding up the “points” one gets for being in the different segments of Intersectionality is dizzying to say the least. Basically if you are not a cis-gendered, white, heterosexual male then you are being oppressed according to the followers of CRT and the more categories you fit into the more oppressed you are.

Stay tuned for more information on Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Social Justice!


[1] https://founders.org/2019/06/15/resolution-9-and-the-southern-baptist-convention-2019/

[2] https://baptistmessage.com/sbc-resolutions-include-approval-of-marxist-theories-as-analytical-tools/

[3] https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory

[4] Dreher, Rod. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/seminary-confidential-critical-theory/ Accessed 7/2/19.

[5] https://medium.com/christian-intellectual/rebecca-mclaughlin-gospelizing-idolatry-at-the-tgc-part-ii-1ac688cd1688

[6] https://www.amazon.com/Womanist-Sass-Talk-Back-Intersectionality-ebook/dp/B079FB8N11

[7] http://www.mitzijsmith.com/index.php/womanist-words/womanistbiblicalscholarreflections

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