Where are critical theory and the social justice movement taking us?
Critical theory and its various expressions in fields like critical race theory, critical pedagogy, and queer theory have had profound consequences on our society. Contemporary critical theory often functions as a worldview. Its ideas about race, class, gender, identity, and justice have dramatically shaped how people think, act, and view one another--in Christian and secular spheres alike.
Proponents of these ideas claim they offer long-overdue solutions to societal injustices and imbalances of power. Yet in their wake, we find disunity, conflict, and resentment. As Christians who value both justice and biblical truth, how do we engage?
In Critical Dilemma
, authors Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer illuminate the origins and influences of contemporary critical theory, considering it in the light of clear reason and biblical orthodoxy. While acknowledging that it can provide some legitimate insights regarding race, class, and gender, Critical Dilemma
exposes the ultimately flawed ideologies at play--and how blindly embracing them poses a serious threat to both the church and society.
With exhaustive research and thoughtful critique, Critical Dilemma
demonstrates the dangers of critical theory, particularly when interwoven into church culture and social systems. Alongside their clear analysis, Shenvi and Sawyer provide strategic guidance for engaging charitably and taking constructive actions while maintaining a firm commitment to biblical truth. They also strongly condemn the legacy of racism in the US and offer a path forward for racial healing and unity.