In case you missed it, a small—heartbreakingly small—group of conservative Christian leaders recently released a statement of affirmations and denials articulating some concerns with the recent interpolation of the “social justice” movement into evangelical circles. In my comments on the statement, I recommended Scott Aniol’s article on Religious Affections as particularly helpful for learning more about the dangers posed to believers, as well as the causes of the rampant confusion in the conversation.
I’m taking some time to more directly commend the article to you, because it provides lucid explanations of the various concerns in a way that makes this article stand out for the amount of clarity and definition Dr. Aniol seeks. I also strongly encourage you to follow all the hyperlinks he includes in the article, because his explanations of the various issues of culture, race, ethnicity (and the difference between those), as well as his explanation of the validity of evaluating different cultures (because culture is distinct from ethnicity—culture is the behavior of a people), are invaluable and crucial to a proper understanding of how to navigate the floodwaters of both secular and evangelical progressivism.
So, that’s my appeal. I can’t recommend Dr. Aniol’s work on culture and ethnicity highly enough.
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