In Brief: CRT Is ‘A Religion Without Grace’
“You just have to … hope you never step out of line, because if you do, then you go back to zero.”
Dr. Voddie Baucham is the dean of theology at African Christian University in Zambia, but he regularly returns to his native home in America in particular to fight against Critical Race Theory.
“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 says. That’s what motivated him to write a new book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe. He says of the primary front in the modern spiritual war:
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. 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.
Arguably, the thing that most makes CRT incompatible with Christianity is that CRT is what Bauchman calls “a religion without grace.” Grace is, of course, the central component of Christianity.
This talk of antiracism and this talk of critical social justice is very much religious in its overtones. … [It] borrows from the Judeo-Christian worldview in terms of the words that it uses.
But more specifically, this religion has its own cosmology, its own understanding of the way the world came to be. This religion has its own theology and theological terminology. It has its own saints, its own priests, it has its own rituals. And it has a dogged commitment to its ideology and its theology and a punitive approach to those who step out of line.
So it’s a religion, but as a religion, it offers no hope. There is no ultimate redemption in anti-racism. You just have to do the work of anti-racism for the rest of your life and hope you never step out of line, because if you do, then you go back to zero.
And as a footnote, there is some good news. While most Americans know very little about CRT, the polling indicates that the more they learn, the less they like.
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