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Critical Race Theory is penetrating society and culture, and the church is no exception. Finding its origins in the mid-1970s, the ideology is now more prevalent than ever.

This term Critical Race Theory (or CRT) has been thrown around quite a bit in the last 12 months, almost as if it was a brand new idea.

In fact, CRT originated in the mid-1970s as a movement and ideology aimed at restructuring legal and societal frameworks through a lens of racial differences.

In a nutshell, CRT teaches that:

  • Race is a social construct, not a biological difference that should put one group at a disadvantage of another.
  • The law and systems in the United States are built on inherent racism, and perpetuate racism insofar as original founding legal frameworks continue.
  • Contrary to popular belief, racism in the United States is “normal”, because the systems in place create society to be that way.
  • There are 6 basic tenets of CRT.

Why does it matter?

Critical Race Theory finds believers on both sides of the spectrum: those who firmly identify with its ideologies, and those who think CRT is itself racist and a cyclical cornerstone to continued racism.

Be aware. Be in the know. If you don’t know about the conversations happening in your church community revolving around CRT, it doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.

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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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