by Paula Rodriguez
What are human beings?
Christianity: Human beings are created in the image of a good and loving Creator
Critical Theory: We are members of social groups locked in a struggle for power.
What is necessary to change the world?
Christianity: God sent Jesus Christ to die on a cross and to be raised from the dead to rescue us from our sin.
Critical Theory: We must free oppressed groups from oppression.
How do we know what is true?
Christianity: “As Christians, we believe that we obtain knowledge by using reason to understand God’s revelation in nature and in Scripture.”
Critical Theory: Members of oppressor groups are blinded by their privilege and members of oppressed groups have special access to truth that should not be challenged.
Source: For Those in Peril, “Critical Theory” (pp. 89-104) by Paula Rodriguez, former Communications Dept. Chair, Hinds Community College, author of Westminster Shorter Catechism Bible Study and Commentary.