Faith Debate: September 13th, 2020

Awakening to the Dangers of the Woke Movement

The past two shows opened with comments about a political video produced by Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales.  We started there because when discussing big worldview ideologies that use big fancy philosophical terms it can seem so irrelevant to everyday life, so “out there somewhere”.  But it’s right here, right now.  And some are warning that it’s a great danger to the Christian church.

Some, administering a generous dose of “benefit of the doubt”, suggest that goal of people like Phil Vischer is to educate evangelicals who, if the broad caricatures are to be believed, are ignorant of (or at least in denial about) the history and the lasting effects of what Critical Race Theororists call “systemic racism”.  It’s all rooted in white supremacy, don’t cha know?

But hey, Phil is the creator of the Veggie Tales cartoons and the voice of Bob the Tomato.  Those cartoons are marketed to Christian families, so he absolutely must be a trustworthy voice to evangelicals and followers of Christ everywhere, right?

If you have the time and want to take a deep dive into the variety of errors and biases evidenced in Phil Vischer’s 17-minute video, then watch a different video presented by this week’s Faith Debate guest, who spent lots and lots (and lots and lots and lots) of time digging into the research behind Phil Vischer’s comments.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Pastor of Household of Faith in Christ.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Jonathan Harris.  Writer of the blog, host of the “ConversationsThat Matter” podcast, author of the new book “Social Justice Goes to Church”.

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