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The only thing that caught my attention in the Social Justice statement was something they had in there about race being a social construct. I don’t have the quote now, but that sniffs of social justice manipulation. Melanin might only be skin deep, but biology is biology.

Otherwise, I am glad to see that evangelicals are finally pushing back against this nonsense.

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Looks like the SJWs are trying to be cute. I glanced through the signers and saw Roy Moore, Steve Bannon, Karen McDougal (Trump accuser) and several David Dukes and Richard Spencers. Among many other things, they’ve learned guilt-by-association from their secular progressive friends.

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Ha! Why sign an online document? If it can’t be verified, what good is it?

demosthenes1d
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BJ, I agree that saying race is a social construct is unhelpful because it is buying into a broad movement to deny biology and natural givenness (I wont say natural law, as that may be a loaded term). However, we should recognize that while biological differences between groups is simply a fact, the actual process of categorizing people into “races” is a socially and culturally actuated. The big broad categories of white, black, and asian – with maybe hispanic, amerindian, polynesian, and melanesian thrown in, often obscure more than they illuminate. Also the history of race assigning, in some places… Read more »

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Thanks for the information. Very helpful. I may be oversimplifying this, but what I think we are seeing is the collision of culture and science. The history of race assigning is simply a poor attempt at controlling culture with a less than accurate picture of biology. The important thing to note is that biology is real, which means that race is a real thing. But we must remember that race is merely an identification factor, a shorthand, if you will, for deeper cultural issues. I think denying the biological realities of race and genetics is unhelpful, but neither can we… Read more »

lndighost
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We need to distinguish biological realities from social/cultural differences. I’m inclined to think the latter are much more polarising than the former, although of course skin colour and facial features are more immediately visible. In matters of race relations, I’m not yet convinced that any of the deeper cultural issues are rooted solely in biology. (We haven’t seen any riots about equal opportunity sunburn or the unfair disparity in fast-twitch muscle fibres.) We often hear ‘high time preference’ attributed wholesale to Africans and black Americans as a racial characteristic, but whether it’s true, and whether it is a physiological rather… Read more »

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The statement claims that race is not a biblical category in spite of the many scriptures on “nations” and “particular people”. Maybe they want to strip the “people groups” from their missions materials. It also claims that race is a social construct in spite of the fact that you will find genetic diseases listed by race in every medical textbook. This statement won’t even be a speed bump to progressive Christians with the power of cultural momentum on their side. It will be used, however, as a club to police the right side of the Christian Overton Window, justifying witch… Read more »

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Perhaps you are right that it won’t slow down the cultural progressives with the momentum, but certainly you could agree that it pushes back against the tide, no?

I happen to be more optimistic than you, though I may be wrong, but do you really think that acknowledging the multi-ethnic reality of the Kingdom means we have to support open borders and deny the reality of nations and peoples?

I will concede that too many Christians fail to see that “racism” is merely a club with which to beat insufficiently progressive Christians.

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“Acknowledging the multiethnic reality of the Kingdom”. That’s a neat motte you got there,