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January 27, 2021

Episode 53: History of Critical Race Theory

In order to rightly understand an idea, one must know the history of its conception and subsequent development. In this week’s episode of Defend and Confirm, Russell takes the reins and walks us through the history of Critical Race Theory. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride!

January 13, 2021

Episode 52: What is Critical Race Theory?

Unless you live under a rock, you've heard of Critical Race Theory.
Yet it can be hard to find clear, thorough explanations of what CRT
actually teaches. In this episode, we try to do just that. We cover
the basic tenets of CRT and discuss how these tenets fit together.

January 5, 2021

Episode 51: Critical Race Theory: Hear Our Hearts

Why are we talking about Critical Race Theory? We begin this mini-series on CRT by checking our own hearts. No one's heart is completely pure, but we hope that after watching this episode, you can trust our motives, even if you disagree with our conclusions.

October 27, 2020

Episode 50: Social Justice Activism: Salvation by Works?

What is the role of social justice activism in Contemporary Critical Theory? How does this emphasis on activism connect postmodernism? In this episode, we make these and other very boring questions seem interesting, while delving further into the religious nature of CCT.

October 21, 2020

Episode 49: Can Christians vote Democrat?

How should we think about professing Christians who vote for a Democrat? What political views, if any, are grounds for excommunication? In this episode, we talk about the moral complexity of voting in a representative form of government, and offer advice on how Christians can pursue unity in the midst of political division.



October 1, 2020

Episode 48: Asking Jonathan Leeman if 9Marks is Marxist

In this episode, we are joined by Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks. We pepper him with questions about whether or not Marxists have secretly infiltrated 9Marks, and discuss how Christians who disagree on issues related to Critical Theory can do so in a way that preserves gospel unity in the church.

September 23, 2020

Episode 47: Is Professional Music Ministry Biblical?

Why do we sing as Christians? Does God care if we sing? Better yet, does He care how we sing? In this episode, we critique how some evangelical churches approach their music-making ministry, and offer some practical advice for how those Christians can more faithfully serve the Lord with the instrument he has given every one of us.

September 15, 2020

Episode 46: Critical Theory’s Oppression Paradigm

Our critique of Contemporary Critical Theory continues as we analyze CCT's concept of the social binary. Is society fundamentally a conflict between oppressors and the oppressed? Are all social groups engaged in a hierarchical struggle for power? Spoiler alert: No.

September 2, 2020

Episode 45: Am I Really a Christian?

In this episode, we are joined by our good friend Mike McKinley to discuss his book Am I Really A Chrisitan? The bible makes it clear that there is a category of person who believes himself to be a Christian, but will someday hear from Christ "I never knew you." That's a frightening thing to consider. How can we have assurance that we are truly saved? The right answer to this question can help doubting Christians have confidence that they are Christ's, and can stir false professors to recognize their desperate need for conversion. You can find Mike's book here.
August 24, 2020

Episode 44: Truth, Oppression, and Critical Theory

Critical theory teaches that the "lived experience" of oppressed people gives them special access to the truth, while oppressors are blinded by the privilege of their social position. Behind this claim is a view called "standpoint theory", an epistemology that is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity.