Critical Race Theory

What is Critical Race Theory? While CRT hardly needs any introduction these days, we still need to ask and answer that question. A study like this will require we get into other concepts you’ve no doubt been hearing – concepts like Intersectionality, Systemic Racism, White Supremacy, White Privilege, Lived Experiences and many more. All these will be explored and explained to help us get our head around everything going on in the world right now.

Being the Church we need to ask another question: Is it Biblical? If it is we need to embrace it. But if it isn’t we must stand against it and take steps against it. “Test everything” the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21. So join us as we test the ideas of CRT against the word of God.

Sundays at 10am starting October 24th.


FORMAT:

Classes #1-2: Explains the need for this class and introduces some basic ideas to get started

Classes #3-8: An in-depth explanation of the core ideas of CRT. Each class we spend on one core idea of CRT

Classes #9-?: An in- depth biblical analysis showing the difference between CRT and Biblical Christianity.

Classes #?-?: What do we do? How do we respond?


CLASS #1


Class#2: What Is Racism?


Class #3: Racism Is Everywhere


Class #4: Racism Is Hidden (No Video)

Summary: After the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960’s, racism did not disappear but became more covert. Values such as “meritocracy”, “objectivity”, “color-blindness”, “neutrality”, and “rights” now hide the racism pervading all of society. Such values, however, belong to the majority White culture, and only offer systemic advantage for Whites while simultaneously disadvantaging BIPOCS. Whites are “blind” to this hidden racism because of these values, which seem “normal” to them.

Furthermore, racism is not only hidden “socially”, but, also in the subconscious of all White people. Socialized by the system, White people develop unconscious attitudes and biases towards BIPOCS. Only through Implicit Association Training can such biases be exposed and addressed. However, the IAT training is unscientific – neither valid, nor reliable. Yet, the benefit for the CRT movement to continue using IAT is it allows them to justify accusing people (falsely) of personal racism and provide a basis for mandating DEI training workshops.


Class #5: Lived Experiences Prioritized


Class #6: Race is Socially Constructed


Class #7: Interconnected Systems of Oppression


Class 8: Retelling History


Class #9: The Bible vs CRT: An Overview


Class #10: Comparing Foundations


Class #11: Truth (Part 1)


Class #12: Truth (Part 2)


Class #13: Sin


Class #14: Salvation


Class #15: Salvation (Part 2)


Class #16: Identity (Part 1)

*No recording

This class focused on the identity we have according to the Bible. We began exploring those truths that apply to all individual human beings: created by God in His image, descendants of Adam and Eve, corrupted by sin, loved by God, Christ died for all of us, and the Gospel is offered to all.

Then we explored specifically what we were before Christ and what are now. Before we were lost, condemned, children of Satan, members of the dominion of darkness, enemies of God, hostile and alienated towards Him, etc. After coming to Christ we listed 2o different identities the Bible says we have as Christians including: children of God, in Christ, justified, redeemed, forgiven, loved, adopted, saints, members of the Body of Christ, living stones, a royal priesthood, citizens of heaven, a holy nation, a living temple, washed/purified/ cleansed, resurrected, seated in the heavenlies, etc. These are true for every one who has believed the Gospel, no matter if they know it or not.

These new identities give us hope, confidence, freedom. One application discussed was praying from our new identities.


Class #17: Identity (Part 2)


Class #18: Great Commission


Class #19: What To Do