December 18, 2020
Letter to the Editor:
Call me “confused” (many would affirm that as an appropriate label for the undersigned). After reading about Rev. West’s departure from association with Southwestern Seminar and the SBC, I did a cursory study of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Now, I understand Rev. West’s consternation over the statement by SBC seminary elites that these concepts are incompatible with the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message.
My confusion is over the notion of incompatibility on the part of the aforementioned elites. Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are thought processes for analyzing socioeconomic structures. One may or may not agree with the particulars of a thought process, but the process (a means to an end) has nothing, whatsoever, to do with the theological foundation of one’s belief system. However flawed the 2000 BF&M may be (and I believe that it is), how can it be “incompatible” with a thought process?
Randall H. Fields, San Antonio, Texas