I heard about Identity Politics and the Spirit of the Age: A Conversation with Political Theorist Joshua Mitchell – AlbertMohler.com from Social Media and Identity Politics and the Future of the Nation | The Christian Outlook.
Mitchell is the author of American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time – National Conservatism. Since the interview was so interesting, this is a book I am going to have to read.
Here is a description of the book.
America has always been committed to the idea that citizens can work together to build a common world. Today, three afflictions keep us from pursuing that noble ideal. The first and most obvious affliction is identity politics, which seeks to transform America by turning politics into a religious venue of sacrificial offering. For now, the sacrificial scapegoat is the white, heterosexual, man. After he is humiliated and purged, who will be the object of cathartic rage? White women? Black men? Identity politics is the anti-egalitarian spiritual eugenics of our age. It demands that pure and innocent groups ascend, and the stained transgressor groups be purged. (continued)American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time – National Conservatism
What is identity politics about? What is the purpose of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality? Consider the following Bible passage, one that Mitchell cites in the interview. Consider what happened after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
First, Adam blamed God for giving him Eve. Then Eve used the serpent as her scapegoat. From the first sin mankind has sought a scapegoat. From the beginning we have looked for someone else on which to load our guilt and carry it away. Yet only One is willing and able.
How could John 3:16 have anything to do with identity politics? Well, those who believe in identity politics, Critical Race Theory, intersectionality and the like cannot find forgiveness without God, but that doesn’t stop them from desperately trying.
Listen to Albert Mohler’s interview with Joshua Mitchell, and see what you think.