Untangling Critical Race Theory
Untangling Critical Race Theory
  • Length: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: June 25, 2024
  • Item Code: A0481
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0481-4

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What is critical race theory?

It may be one of the most widely referenced issues of the day, but it's also one of the least understood. In its translation from the academic world to the general public, critical race theory has inaccurately become a catch-all term for anything related to race. But what does it actually mean, and how should Christians engage it?

Ed Uszynski is uniquely positioned to address the dynamics of critical race theory. He earned his PhD in American culture studies in the university world and navigated the realities of Marxist critical theory and critical race theory—while still a white male conservative Christian ministering in traditional contexts. In this enlightening guidebook, he unpacks what critical race theory really is and how Christians can make sense of it. Uszynski carefully explores CRT's roots and tenets, revealing what it aims to do and also how some portrayals of CRT misrepresent its purposes. With responsible answers to legitimate concerns, Uszynski goes beyond the surface to provide a reliable path of just discernment and cultural engagement.


Introduction: Another Book on Race?
1. A White Guy's Journey into Racial Controversy
2. What is Marxism?
3. What is Critical Theory (and Why Do People Care)?
4. Can a Christian Gain Anything from Critical Theory?
5. What Is Critical Race Theory, Really?
6. What Are the Tenets of Critical Race Theory?
7. Why CRT Means Different Things to Different People
8. How Christians Get Race Wrong: Why CRT Isn't the Problem
9. Five Stumbling Blocks to Thinking Christianly About Race
10. Can CRT Be of Use?
11. Responding to Concerns About CRT, Part 1
12. Responding to Concerns About CRT, Part 2
13. Race and Redeeming "Social Justice" from Injustice
14. Moving the Conversation Forward
15. How Should We Then Live?
Epilogue: Seeing the World a Little Differently


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Ed Uszynski

Ed Uszynski (PhD, Bowling Green State University) is a content specialist for Cru, Athletes in Action, and FamilyLife. He also serves as a oneness and diversity consultant for church and parachurch organizations. His writing includes contributions to Desiring God, Mockingbird, and other online publications. He is a frequent speaker and podcaster on topics of race, sport culture, and marriage. He lives with his wife, Amy, and their four children just outside of Dayton, Ohio.