Intro to Critical Theory

Critical theory is an ideology that is growing rapidly in influence in our culture, in our politics, and in our institutions of higher learning. CTImageIt views reality through the singular lens of power, dividing people into oppressed groups and oppressor groups along various axes like race, class, gender, sexuality orientation, physical ability and age. While I disagree with critical theory on a number of grounds, I’m particularly concerned as an evangelical Christian with the way in which critical theory is affecting segments of the evangelical church. This site contains numerous resources that will help people, both Christians and non-Christians, understand the claims of critical theory, evaluate them carefully, and critique them rationally.

Feel free to browse, but if you’re interested in particular subjects, see below:

For my notes from my Unbelievable? conversation with Justin Brierley, Esther O’Reilly, and James Lindsay, see here.

For the connection between the social justice movement and critical theory and for secular objections to the ideas of critical theory, the talk “Race, Class, and Gender: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Social Justice Movement” will be instructive.

For a comprehensive treatment of critical theory and its relationship to the Christian worldview, see my lecture “Critical theory and Christianity.”

If you’re skeptical that critical theory is influential among evangelicals, “Critical Theory Within Evangelicalism” provides important documentation.

For quotes from primary sources documenting the core beliefs of critical theory, consult the article “Critical Theory Quotes.”

To find quotes and links to key articles on critical theory from both secular and religious thinkers, see “Important Articles on Critical Theory.”

Finally, if you’re curious to know how an educated person could believe that Christianity is true, see the four-part series “Why Believe?” or “Science and Religion: Is it Either/Or or Both/And?”

My contact information is on the Bio page. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.



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