With special guest Dr. Owen Strachan.
On today’s episode, the guys tackle the difficult topics of Critical Race Theory and Wokeness. Dr. Owen Strachan is the author of Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind. A systematic theology professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he is the director of the Center for Public Theology, director of the Residency PhD program, and host of the City of God podcast. Critical Race Theory is the academic theory that seeks to uncover racial power dynamics in a community and how they can be solved through social justice. This thinking comes out of a Marxist framing of oppression. Owen believes it’s coming back to the forefront because of big tech and social media.
Acts 17:26 shows us we come from one man, Adam. We all have far more in common than we have differences. When you come to know Christ, you are one family, united under him. Christians can create a framework for themselves to see injustices through Biblical justice. Owen says this is through advancing the equality of opportunity and holding evil doers to account. The world thinks differently than we do, and Christians believe that humans have intrinsic value because they are image bearers.
Ultimately, wokeness teaches you that oppression is inherent in our society and we are at odds with each other. You cannot achieve peace under this theology. Owen argues that the only way to achieve peace and unity is through Christ. He explains that under the Gospel, we are all equally liable for sin and what we need is absolution through Christ. Christians should be a group of people offering costly forgiveness to their communities. What others should see from our witness is a transformed heart and life.