Critical Grace Theory
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Critical theory narrative attacks the grand narrative of Christianity. While it is not always Marxist, it does tend to see Christianity as a false narrative. As active Christians and ministers who believe the Bible as the Word of God, we believe in the Critical Grace theory as we evaluate ourselves, society, and the ideologies of our cultures.
Christian Leaders Institute offers a free mini-course on Critical Grace Theory that you can complete in less than 4 hours. This course will dive into many of the issues you have been reading about and some you have not thought about.
Critical Grace Theory is the study of how Biblical grace is applied to society and culture and how it functions in the personal lives of sinful humans redeemed through the message of Christianity.
But First, The Grand Narrative
The Biblical Grand Narrative begins this way. God, as revealed in the Bible, created humans as image-bearers, male and female. In Genesis 2, He told them to be fruitful and populate the earth. He told them to be the development ministers of the planet (subdue the earth).
God gave humans the freedom to either align themselves with God or not. They could eat of two trees. One meant an alignment with God, and the other meant they would go their own way.
The Bible’s Critical Grace Theory narrative depicts that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were tempted by a rebellious fallen angel, Satan. Through the form of a serpent, Satan said, “You will not surely die, but you will be like God knowing good and evil.” Adam and Eve chose that way. That is the default setting for human society even today.
As the Bible’s narrative unfolds through the pages of the Old Testament and into the New Testament, Christians believe that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to restore the broken relationship with God. Jesus paid for our sins and, through his resurrection, gives us new life. Now we are taught to live new lives of faith, hope, and love. The broken relationship is restored, and God has given us the Holy Spirit. We are free to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. We are called to be stewards of our planet still while sharing the gospel of restoration and salvation.
This is the Grand Christian narrative
Does the grand narrative of Christianity have something to say in this age of identity politics? Douglas Murray, in his book, Madness of Crowds, says that post-modernism killed all the grand narratives, including religion. He points out that people in rich developed nations are looking for something to make grand!
Murray believes that the new narrative is the Narrative of Identity or Identity Politics. In fact, he says that this narrative has been elevated to many as a new religion.
He says the new religion has a “trinity,” so to speak: The Father is Social Justice, the Son is Identity Politics, and the Holy Spirit is Intersectionality.
Instead of building up like the Holy Spirit does in Christianity; intersectionality disruptively destroys historical structures and systems to develop a “Marxist utopia” with a different twist.
When Murray brings up intersectionality, he explains what it is.
The least attractive-sounding of this trinity is the concept of ‘intersectionality’. This is the invitation to spend the rest of our lives attempting to work out each and every identity and vulnerability claim in ourselves and others and then organize along whichever system of justice emerges from the perpetually moving hierarchy which we uncover. It is a system that is not just unworkable but dementing, making demands that are impossible towards ends that are unachievable. But today intersectionality has broken out from the social science departments of the liberal arts colleges from which it originated. It is now taken seriously by a generation of young people and – as we shall see – has become embedded via employment law (specifically through a ‘commitment to diversity’) in all the major corporations and governments.
This new religion is a grand narrative in its own way. This narrative is spreading the globe quickly. What is the Christian evaluation of this grand narrative?
Christian Leaders Institute offers free courses and mini-courses on over 125 subjects. One of the subjects is Critical Grace theory with over 3 hours of teaching.
- Introduction to the subject of critical conflict theory and critical Grace theory.
- Evaluation of race issues from a grace perspective and a view into how the gospel opens up salvation for all peoples. Insight into race issues from the testimony of a leader from Rwanda.
- An understanding of the gender issues in our society from the perspective of critical Grace theory.
- A view of how the ancient epicurean philosophy of pleasure is killing people and how critical Grace theory offers hope.
- Learn the Biblical understanding of equality and why it matters.
- Understanding how the evolutionary worldview has become uncritically accepted by most people and about the chaos this has caused. Learn how critical Grace theory sees the central issues of change.
- Discover how the gospel is as relevant today as ever before in a world seeking to find fault and blame.
- Find out how conflict theory promotes counterfeit success. Learn how critical Grace theory helps you focus on the game humans were created to play.
- Grow as a Grace agent of gospel change.