Tim Keller is renown for having a rather cryptic social media presence. In an instance of not speaking in riddles, Tim Keller came out and promoted Chris Watkin’s lecture on “developing a biblical critical theory.” The most obvious critique is that putting the word “biblical” in front of something that is not biblical is oxymoronic. however, Chris Watkins redefines Critical Theory in a long rambling lecture as Third Wayism. Third Wayism is is an attack on objectivity, most specifically the objective line between good and evil.
Lots of confusion out there over Critical Theory. See this helpful lecture by Chris Watkin. It not only explains what a critical theory is, it shows that its possible to develop a biblical critical theory. https://t.co/CUDSsiGMrN— Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) January 6, 2022
For instance, Thanos was objectively evil. He did not “have a point.” He failed economics. Third Wayism would obfuscate the dichotomy between the Avengers and Thanos. Watkins applies this level of obfuscation to Sigmund Freud, a man whose ideology and worldview were a detriment to humanity. Essentially, Freud believed that human beings were nothing but their base sexual desires, a denial of the imago Dei. Watkins attempts to salvage the work of Freud by saying he was right about the presence of an unconscious self.
During the lecture, Chris Watkins claims that the only purely evil being is the devil, to say that in a fallen created order, everything we encounter is going to have some element of good and evil in it. This line of thinking obfuscates that which is objectively evil on earth. For instance, there is nothing redeemable about Maoism, Branch Covidianism, or Islam. These are false gospels. But Chris Watkins believes in finding redeemable elements in order to use this as a tool for apologetics.