Ep 352: Key Concepts in Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory, with Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer

Summary – Key Concepts in Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory, with Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer

In this episode we dive into the fascinating world of contemporary critical theory with the authors of the newly released book, Critical Dilemma, Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer.

This is part one of a two-part conversation, which explores what the authors call Contemporary Critical Theory, which comprises an approximation of the most recent trends in thinking around critical theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and more. Shenvi and Sawyer believe it is highly important for Christians to be aware of what this ideology is doing to our society and culture. They shed light on the influence of queer theory, which challenges societal norms related to sexuality and gender. We discuss controversial topics such as the sexualization of children and the drag queen story hour, examining them through the lens of queer theory.

Our guests provide an overview of the history, sub-disciplines, and key concepts within critical theory. We also address misconceptions around the term “cultural Marxism” and the complex nature of Marxist ideas.

The conversation takes us deeper into the impact of racism and oppression in American history, highlighting the ongoing relevance of these issues in society today. From peaceful protesting against systemic racism to the need for a comprehensive understanding of critical race theory, our guests share their perspectives on addressing social injustices.

Finally, we explore critical social theory as a comprehensive worldview that shapes individuals’ understanding of the world around them. We delve into the influence of critical theory on issues of justice, law, morality, and epistemology, discussing how it functions as more than just an academic theory, but a deeply felt belief system for some.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this enlightening discussion, where we dive further into engaging with contemporary critical theory as Christians. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to gain a deeper understanding of this influential and complex field.

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