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Fault Lines:
The Social Justice Movement and
Evangelism’s Looming Catastrophe

 

by Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

 

 

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A Review by Dwight A. Moody

 

In my column this week, I expressed curiosity as to why people are so worked up over Critical Race Theory (CRT). Now I know, having read this dramatic rebuttal of of CRT by this articulate and accomplished minister.

 

Unfortunately, the personal success of this poor-black-man-made-good fails to offer either a convincing argument against the social justice movements against racism or a compelling alternative strategy for combating the racism we sense in our own souls and see in our own nation.

 

Baucham is now the dean of a Christian seminary in Zambia. Before that he studied at schools in Texas, earning master of divinity and doctor of divinity degrees. He then worked at a series of institutions and congregations before feeling the call to move to Africa. His narrative (as he tells it) is inspiring, but gaps in his narrative and questions about why he moved from school to school before finishing his degrees left me wondering about the rest of the story.

 

Throughout the book, Baucham employs the image of the earthquake complete with fault lines and aftershocks. It is a powerful metaphor; but oddly Baucham never explains or describes the “looming catastrophe” advertised in the subtitle of the book. To what does he refer? He says only this: “This catastrophe is unavoidable…. Relationships are being ruined, reputations are being tarnished, careers are being destroyed, and entire denominations are in danger of being derailed” (138). This hardly justifies the title of the book!

 

What he does assert is the attention given to racial justice and racial reconciliation by a long list of prominent Evangelical leaders is misguided and even heretical. He names  (among others) Timothy Keller, Matt Chandler, Jim Wallis, Barry Creamer, David Platt, Thabiti Anyabwile, John Onwuchekwa, and J. D. Greear.

 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (what he calls Southern Baptists’ “flagship seminary”) comes in for sustained criticism; he names professor Jarvis Williams, provost Matthew Hall, doctoral student Curtis Woods, and president Albert Mohler. Especially Mohler.

 

All of this helps explain what I observed at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville recently: an organized campaign against CRT, a palpable disdain from the floor for the SBC establishment, and the decisive defeat of Mohler for SBC president. It also explains the arguments of a certain west Texas pastor as we stood outside during the food truck lunch hour and discussed his “NO CRT” lapel pen.

 

Baucham goes to great lengths to discredit the black scholars who write sympathetically about Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, and Social Justice.  Their roots are in Marxism, he says. He quotes one graduate of Morehouse College: “I think maybe one of my professors was a Christian.”

 

Furthermore, he spends considerable space challenging the veracity of the popular narratives of the deaths of such people as Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and George Floyd. He derisively calls them “Saints” of the social justice movement.  He exhibits little empathy for any black people who testify to racist or violent treatment. He gives no space whatsoever to the various benchmarks of educational, political, economic, and cultural despair that are visual to the eyes of any person. He has nothing but disdain for Barack Obama.

 

One curious element of Baucham’s critique of things is the way he describes what he calls the victim mentality of the black community, which (he implies) is the result of government interference in matters of community life (such as integration, housing and food subsidies, and affirmative actions and diversity training). He fails to note that all recent sociological surveys reveal that the one group that feels most aggrieved is none other than white Evangelical Christians!  Isn’t this an odd turn of events!

 

In summary, I will say: if this book is the best the anti-CRT people have to articulate their cause and defend their convictions, they are in a sorry place. I suspect the author is a compelling, even entertaining public speaker (and preacher); but I can tell you he made no convert out of me, and I suspect he will make no convert out of you, either!!

 

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Book Review Archive

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The Path to a New Christianity

by David P. Gushee

 

America’s Religious Wars:
The Embattled Heart of our Public Life
by Kathleen M. Sands

 

Ann the Word
The Story of Ann Lee, Female Messiah,
Mother of the Shakers,
the Woman Clothed with the Sun
By Richard Francis

 

The Asbury Hymnal

 

Barracoon
The Story of the 
Last “Black Cargo”
by Zora Heale Hurston

 

Becoming C. S. Lewis 
Harry Lee Poe

 

Becoming Mrs. Lewis 
by Patti Callahan

 

The Benedict Option:
A Strategy for Christians
in a Post-Christian Nation
by Rod Dreher

 

C. S. Lewis, A Life: 
Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet 
by Alister McGrath

 

Call Stories:
Hearing and Responding to God’s Call

edited by Barry Howard

 

Caste
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by Isabel Wilkerson

 

The Church Cracked Open
Disruption, Decline, and
New Hope for Beloved Community
by Stephanie Spellers

 

Climate Church, Climate World 
by Jim Antal

 

Christ in Crisis:
Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
by Jim Wallis

 

Disgraced
by Ayad Akhtar

 

Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

 

The End of White Christian America
Robert P. Jones

 

Factfullness
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and Why Things are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling

 

Faith After Doubt
Why your Beliefs Stopped Working 
And What To Do About it
Brian D. McLaren

 

Fault Lines
The Social Justice Movement 
and Evangelicalism’s 
Looming Catastrophe
by Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

 

From Stressed to Centered 
A Practical Guide to A 
Healthier and Happier You
by Dana Gionta and Dan Guerra

 

God’s Hand on America:
Divine Providence in the Modern Era
by Michael Medved

 

The Great Spiritual Migration 
How the World’s Largest Religion
is Seeking a Better Way
to be Christian
by Brian D. McLaren

 

The Greatest Prayer
Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message
of THE LORD’S PRAYER 
by John Dominic Crossan

 

The Green Good News
Christ’s Path to Sustainable and Joyful Life
by T. Wilson Dickinson

 

Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles
by Amy Lotson Roberts & Patrick J. Holladay

 

A Brief History of Christianity in Asia:
Beginnings, Endings, and Reflections
by R. LaMon Brown and Michael D. Crane

 

Is God Colour Blind?
by Anthony Reddie

 

The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd

 

Israel Matters:
Why Christians Must Think Differently
about the People and the Land
by Gerald R. McDermott

 

The Hidden Wound
by Wendell Berry

 

Jesus Loves Obamacare
by Barbara Young

 

John Prine
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by Bruce Rits Gilbert

 

Just Mercy: Story of
Justice and Redemption 

by Bryan Stevenson

 

The Last Leonardo
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Most Expensive Painting

by Ben Lewis

 

Let Us Dream
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Pope Francis

 

Lift Up Thy Voice:
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Slaveholders to civil Rights Leaders
Mark Perry

 

The Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglas, an American Slave 

by Frederick Douglass

 

Paul: A Biography 
by N. T. Wright

 

Piety and Power: Mike Pence
and the Taking of the White House
Tom LoBianco

 

 That All Shall Be Saved: 
Heaven, Hell and Universal Salvation 
by David Hart Bentley

 

This Precarious Moment 
by James Garlow, David Barton

 

Raising Boys Who Respect Girls 
by Dave Willis

 

Resilient Faith:
How the Early Christian “Third Way”
Changed the World

by Gerald L. Sittser

 

Riding the Wind of God:
A Personal History of the 
Youth Revival Movement
by Bruce McIver

 

Robert E. Lee and Me
A Southerner’s Reckoning
with the Myth of the Lost Cause
By Ty Seidule

 

A Scandalous Providence:
The Jesus Story of the Compassion of God
by E. Frank Tupper

 

Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest,
and the Music that Made a Nation

by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw

 

The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump 
edited by Ronald Sider

 

The Sum of Us
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How We Can Prosper Together
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The 21: A Journey 
into the Land of the Coptic Martyrs
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Truth Over Fear:
Combating the Lies about Islam 

by Charles Kimball

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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The Universal Christ 
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A Warning 
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Where Do We Go From Here?
edited by Kevin Slime

 

White Too Long:
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in American Christianity
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Books By
Dr. Dwight A. Moody

Here are four books written by Dr. Dwight A. Moody, provided here (or in the near future) in both text and audio format. All are in various stages of production for this web site. Feel free to provide comment on these books using the response form at the bottom of each page.

 


 

       

Free and Faithful: Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century

This was a series of sermons preached by Dr. Moody at Third Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky. It is inspired by (and follows the format of) the influential book by Buddy Shurden, Four Fragile Freedoms.  The text here includes an epilogue written in 2018 that offers reflections on the book, 20 years after its publication. It is also the intent of Dr. Moody to provide an audio version of this book; to date, only the Preface and Introduction are available.

 


 

 

 

On the Other Side of Oddville: Stories of Religion and Everyday Life
For a number of years, Dr. Moody wrote and published in public newspapers around the country a weekly column on Religion and American Life (something he continues to do through this Meetinghouse initiative). This book collects 105 of these 700-word essays. You may purchase a sign copy of this book–$20 inclusive of shipping; simply request it through the Response Form at the bottom of each page of the website. (This text is in production.)

 


 

 

Its’s About Time: A Memoir of Ministry at Georgetown College
From 1997 to 2008, Dr. Moody served as dean of the chapel and professor of religion at Georgetown College in Kentucky. This is the narrative essay that forms the core of this book. Upon leaving the school to launch the Academy of Preachers, he produced this self-published book. The book also included sermons, prayers, letters, essays, and memos; it can be ordered through Amazon. (This text is in production.)

 


 

Nine Marks of a Good Sermon
During Dr. Moody’s tenure at Georgetown College, he taught a course in “Communication for Ministry” (and popularly called “Preaching). This material was developed during that ministry and continued during his years as founder and first president of the Academy of Preachers. It is published here without the illustrative sermons included in the book.