ACSI partners with UnifiEd to provide Christian schools with resources on diversity, inclusion and racial reconciliation with a focus on multiculturalism
A professor who secretly teaches James Cone to oblivious Southern Baptist pastors will provide diversity and inclusion training at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The partnership was announced in press releases from ACSI and UnifiEd.
“As Christians we are called to train all of God’s children to reflect Christ in a culturally diverse world,” said ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor. “The partnership with UnifiEd will equip our educators so that they can do this effectively.”
Walter Strickland, a professor at SEBTS who was exposed for teaching heretic James Cone in a New York Times article, runs UnifiED and participates in the ACSI Flourishing Schools Institute.
Dr Strickland has praised the heretic Dr Cone several times over the past few years.
“Dr. Cone allowed me to see a new perspective, a new space, a new avenue for the gospel to unfold,” Strickland said in October 2018. “So I’m kind of looking at what it’s doing the gospel as a larger reality now Not that I have replaced the spiritual with the physical or the social, but both.
Dr Strickland is a known proponent of concepts such as Critical Race Theory.
“Walter Strickland teaches critical race theory, and you look at black theology and some of the things he said. Frankly I’m surprised he’s still on the [Southeastern] professors, ”noted former ERLC researcher Dr. Craig Mitchell.
Dr Mitchell’s claim appears to be supported by other statements made by Professor SEBTS, Dr Strickland. He even said that Christianity was used to oppress some people.
Strickland said, “Christianity and race in America were linked in its early days because Christianity was the thing used to say, ‘How can we enslave these people while evangelizing them?’
The alliance between the Association of Christian Schools International and UnifiED “is aligned with ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative, which defines a thriving Christian school as a community of students, educators and families that glorifies Christ and excels. to know it and make it known, “said ACSI. in the press release.
Diversity and inclusion are biblical values, according to the UnifiED press release on the subject.
“For Christians, the motivation to work towards Christ-centered unity and diversity that honors God should not come from negative social or political pressure, but from a biblical affirmation,” UnifiED said in its statement. Press.
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Your local Christian school can now seem as connected and with the diversity and inclusion movement as secular public schools.
However, what do these groups mean by diversity?
In secular usage (and even among some in the church today), there is a cultural relativism that stems from the multicultural movements of the 1990s and 2000s.
And multicultural is the goal of Dr Strickland’s organization, according to the press release: “The majority of our resources are designed to help leaders meet the ongoing challenge of implementing a God-glorifying diversity strategy that fosters a multicultural environment.. “
As Samuel P. Huntington said, we should reject “siren calls that divide multiculturalism”.
As New Discourses explains, diversity depends on this cultural relativism. They write, diversity depends “on cultural relativism, that” no culture is intrinsically superior to another “. The important thing to recognize here is that this statement is not limited in the context of critical social justice to generally arbitrary cultural mores like dress styles, food, music, speech, etc., but also includes belief that knowledge production and conflict resolution methodologies such as science, liberalism, capitalism and property, philosophy, debate, reliance on evidence, etc.
Multiculturalism is dangerous for any sense of shared identity. By promoting this type of view that all cultures are equal, he erects barriers between people instead of creating a shared identity. As Francis Fukuyama said of Samuel P. Huntington’s work, “It was more justified in his concern that contemporary understandings of multiculturalism and identity politics erect unnecessary barriers to assimilation.
Multiculturalism is a matter of relativism. It is not a Christian approach.
Christian schools should teach a Christian identity and not promote a multicultural environment.