The Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) unanimously passed several resolutions this week, including one that denounces Critical Theory.
During its annual convention on Tuesday, the NRB, an international association representing multiple Christian media organizations, approved one resolution titled “Opposing Critical Theory and Anti-Christian Ideology.”
“Critical theory places culpability for human suffering at the feet of anyone who thrives within, benefits from, or upholds an authority structure subjectively deemed corrupt by the secular culture, including God-given institutions such as the church, traditional family, and much more,” the resolution explained.
“Critical theory advances the erosion of shared history and values, the yielding of human agency to tyranny, the supremacy of mob rule, and the deterioration of family and community bonds, producing great human suffering and alienation from truth.”
As reported by The Christian Post, the resolution also states that Christians are to “embrace our citizenship in God’s kingdom and reject false promises of secular utopia.”
“As Americans, we inherit founding principles (equality of mankind, God-given rights, and self-government) that point to worthy and Biblical ideals for an orderly society, and we endeavor to advance these cherished promises for all,” the resolution said.
The resolution also urged Christian leaders to “reject anti-Christian cultural systems that hold our salvation apart from Christ, oppose the influence of critical theory in education, academia, Christian ministry, and Bible teaching, and faithfully apply historic truths of Scripture to contemporary cultural issues.”
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, critical theory is defined as a “Marxist-inspired movement in social and political philosophy originally associated with the work of the Frankfurt School.”
“Drawing particularly on the thought of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, critical theorists maintain that a primary goal of philosophy is to understand and to help overcome the social structures through which people are dominated and oppressed,” Britannica continued.
In recent years, discussions about Critical Race Theory (CRT) – which claims that America’s institutions are systemically racist toward people of color – have significantly increased.
While proponents of CRT believe that the concept is essential in the fight against systematic racism, opponents argue that CRT will only widen the racial divide.
The NRB passed other resolutions this week, including a resolution against “de-platforming” those holding religious views, one calling on Congress to preserve the freedom of religious nonprofits, one opposing the Equality Act and another supporting the right to life.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.