Christian Theologian Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. has been studying Critical Theory long before it because a household name in recent months, and he doesn’t mince words when giving his thoughts on the subject.
Working primarily in Zambia as dean of theology at African Christian University, Baucham has a unique perspective when he comes back the states.
In a recent interview with the Daily Wire to promote his new book, Fault Lines, Baucham said being removed from day to day American culture then coming home once or twice a year, he gets a sense of how far the dialogue has shifted.
“I’ve come back three or four times a year for speaking tours and it’s always interesting to be an American expat looking back at the U.S.,” Baucham said. Each time he came back, he explained, he could “sense the temperature change” around flashpoint issues such as social justice, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Intersectionality, and antiracism.
“I think that’s one of the reasons that I just became so keenly aware and so passionate about writing this book, because it was really noticeable to me that things were shifting quickly and deteriorating quickly,” he said. “And I’m watching families be divided, churches be divided, institutions and schools and denominations be divided over this thing. Being an expat coming back and seeing that, it was just alarming to me.”
In the book, he describes Critical Race Theory as a “demonic ideology” and a “religion without grace.” Baucham says the social justice movement is built on a “demonic ideology” because it has origins from Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and their neo-Marxist successors in the Frankfurt School. He further explains that many Christians are caught up in supporting social justice because “What Christian does not want to be for justice? What Christian does not want to empathize people if they are oppressed? So I think there’s a sinister aspect to the religious nature of this movement… that has really led people astray.”
Baucham said people are beginning to wake up to these realities and offered some advice for those wondering how to counter-act this radical shift to the left.
“You’ve got to be informed,” he began. “And then secondly, when you’re informed, be engaged. We have to engage and we’ve got to refuse to be bullied. We’ve got to refuse to be silent on this.”
Baucham’s Interview With Faithwire
At the start of his new book, “Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe,” Baucham focuses on defining the terms so many are wont to throw around these days, in both pessimistic and praiseworthy ways.
Baucham, a Los Angeles native who serves as the dean of theology at African Christian University in Zambia, relies on the writings of CRT co-creator Richard Delgado, who argues racism “is ordinary, normal, and embedded in society” and that it “advances the interests of both white elites (materially) and working-class people (psychically), [therefore] large segments of society have little incentive to eradicate it.”
He also references the following definition of CRT from the UCLA School of Public Affairs:
CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society. The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT uses in examining existing power structures. CRT identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. CRT also rejects the traditions of liberalism and meritocracy. Legal discourse says that the law is neutral and colorblind, however, CRT challenges this legal “truth” by examining liberalism and meritocracy as a vehicle for self-interest, power, and privilege. CRT also recognizes that liberalism and meritocracy are often stories heard from those with wealth, power, and privilege.
During a recent interview with Faithwire, the 52-year-old preacher also addressed the religious philosophies of prominent critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi, who espouses “liberation theology,” which says Christians are tasked with “liberat[ing] society from the powers on earth that are oppressing humanity” and rejects “savior theology,” which says it is the job of believers “to go out and save these individuals who are behaviorally deficient … and heal them.”
While Baucham takes great issue with these characterizations — beliefs he argues in his book suggest white people are, by dint of the color of their skin, “incapable of righteous actions on race and only undo racism when it benefits them” — he is particularly concerned with the ways CRT is finding safe haven in churches around the country.
“This is a religious movement,” Baucham said. “It has all the trappings of a religion. It has its own cosmology, it has its own saints, it has its own liturgy, its own law. It has all of those elements. And a lot of those things are very subtle, which makes them rather attractive to religious people.”
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