Tim Keller was a Marxist long before Critical Theory grabbed ahold of the church. This is, in part, because he has been instrumental in the long march through the institutions, specifically the remaining institutions that did not adopt modernism. Usually on Twitter, Keller has vague tweets, but on February 19th, Tim Keller tweeted a nod to Critical Theory.
To understand the impact of something like Critical Theory you must not only read lots of its theorists but you must also know face to face and work with the political and activist practitioners inspired by it (who are far less nuanced.) Don’t just read its critics.Tim Keller 02/19/2021 (in case of deletion)
There is a lot wrong with this statement here. First, Tim Keller is gatekeeping. He is putting extra barriers to understand something as basic as Critical Theory. Critical Theory is Cultural Marxism. It applies the bourgeoise vs proletariat dynamic in Classical Marxism to various social dynamics, not limited to race, homosexuality, transgenderism, and even obesity. Critical Theory which is synonymous with Cultural Marxism is not difficult to understand, nor is it difficult to identify.
Tim Keller is insisting that in order to understand Cultural Marxism, you have to do the “work.” The work according to Tim Keller includes reading an unspecified amount of primary material and knowing and working with Cultural Marxists.
As Christians, we cannot work with Cultural Marxists as we are opposed to their work. This is an extra barrier meant to shut down opponents in a fallacious manner. As someone who has actually read their material, I do not agree with this barrier, as we see the principles taught in these materials applied in our culture on a daily basis, where we, as Christians, already sense something is wrong with this ideology, because “My sheep hear my voice.” as Jesus tells us.
Further exposing Keller’s fallacy is if we were to apply this principle to other ideologies. Within the umbrella of Critical Theory is fat theory which we do not need to read its primary material to reject. But Keller’s principle could also be applied to Nazism, Mormonism, Islam, and a myriad of other false religions.
It’s doubtful that Tim Keller would take his own logic to its inevitable conclusion. So what is the authorial intent of Tim Teller’s words? He is defending Critical Theory, his pet heresy.