BATON ROUGE, La. (LBM) – Randy Trahan, a tenured 24-year professor with the Paul M. Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University, has publicly denounced Critical Race Theory as a threat to society at large and warned of the risk it poses to evangelicals.
Trahan, a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, described himself as an active advocate for Black civil rights, especially as a member of the admissions committee for the LSU law school. He is also a former supporter of Critical Theory (the foundation for Critical Race Theory).
Trahan decried Critical Race Theory for what he said was its assault on the “sufficiency of Scripture.” “Sufficiency of Scripture” is a doctrine that says “Scripture itself is supposed to be the sole and final authority to which nothing needs to be added nor may be added” in understanding the human condition and God’s desire for moral behavior. He also dismissed criticisms that this doctrine is “too narrow” — that it does not allow for general revelation. General revelation is learning that can be achieved though nature, specifically by observing human nature. Trajan said that these criticisms simply are strawmen arguments to justify what adherents purport are observations about human society. He argued that in this regard, Critical Race Theory is no different than Marxism and liberation theology, both of which make moral judgments apart from the guidance of Scripture about humanity.
Trahan published his remarks in a six-part video series produced by Travis McNeely, student and college pastor at Woodlawn. The series’ topics cover a general introduction of Trahan and the crisis, the basics of Critical Race Theory, nine problems with Critical Race Theory, where Critical Race Theory is appearing in evangelical circles, Critical Race Theory as a new analytical tool in the Southern Baptist Convention, and, a call for Christians to stand on the doctrine of sufficiency of Scripture.
McNeely said he pursued the project because “in recent years Critical Race Theory has been syncretized, or mixed into evangelicalism.” He said that he wanted to warn pastors and laypeople about the dangers of the concept that many might not know exists. He said that evangelicals seeking to understand the controversy would benefit from the personal knowledge of Trahan, who had been deeply immersed in this ideology.
According to McNeely, the videos have garnered 8,500 views since they were posted on YouTube in November 2020. In the project’s next phase McNeely plans to pursue the development of a discussion guide to accompany the videos. The videos are available for free viewing on YouTube at youtube.com/TravisMcNeely.