Apr 6, 2021
Fault Lines by Voddie T. Baucham Jr. is one of the most timely books of modern American history. Baucham explains Critical Social Justice (CSJ) and its progeny Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their own words, not as a straw man but as their own founders and proponents describe them. Baucham engages with the criminal justice literature to demonstrate the lies behind CSJ and its destructive effect on society. After having attained a graduate degree in criminal justice, it was encouraging to read Baucham's cogent explanation of the facts of several cases, as well as the underlying statistics.
CSJ divides, while the true Gospel unites. Baucham traces the heritage of CSJ through the Frankfurt School, through Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, and back to Karl Marx's Conflict Theory. The word "Critical" implies revolution, not reform; "Theory" a worldview, not a testable hypothesis. The "grievance studies" that have spawned from Critical Social Justice are notably bereft of any scholarship whatsoever, and are instead based entirely on personal observations, anecdotes, and assumptions. This is by design, as CSJ necessitates a deliberate rejection of objective truth in favor of epistemological obscurity and craven immorality.
The emerging trend among the adherents of CSJ (be they admittedly religious or not) is the new cult of so-called "anti-racism," complete with heretical teachings, criminals as "saints," a new cannon, and theologians who are merely wolves in sheep's clothing. In order to make their (flawed) case, SJWs constantly redefine words. Social Justice is wholly incompatible with Biblical justice. Moreover, CSJ is fundamentally opposed to any form of objective truth or scholarly inquiry.
Dr. Baucham says, "I see Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Critical Social Justice, and their antecedents - Marxism, Conflict Theory, and Critical Theory-as cosmic powers over this present darkness." And we must fight them with the truth of Scripture.