Open Letter to the Leadership of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

To the President & Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,

Today we face unprecedented times in the United States of America. A country which was founded on the principles of religious freedom, free speech and equal opportunity, is actively being transformed into a place which rejects these values in favor of an anti-culture movement which demands compelled speech in support of godless ideologies. There has never been a time in the history of the U.S. where Christians have been faced with the types of issues currently defining our cultural landscape. At this moment, we are at a critical junction where gospel affirming institutions and organizations must be clear about where they stand on issues which are significantly impacting and shaping both the culture and evangelicals. If ever there was a time when transparency, honesty and clarity was needed by Christian leaders and institutions, it is now.

Over the past two years, I have observed the following:

  • Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Intersectionality are godless ideologies indebted to radical feminism and postmodernism, and neo-Marxism; and emerging from a secular, worldview which is incompatible with Christianity.
  • Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Intersectionality are incompatible with The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles.
  • There are active, ongoing threats to religious liberties in the U.S. which stem directly from the adoption of critical race theory, critical theory and intersectionality by organizations and institutions.
  • Current and former faculty or staff at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have publicly expressed support for and advocated for the adoption of views which align with critical race theory, intersectionality and identity politics.
  • Theological liberalism and the adoption of godless ideologies have historically permeated the local churches and the mission field through seminaries and other institutions which train and equip individuals for ministry.
  • The reputation of alumni and students is actively being impacted by a public perception that The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has either willfully endorsed or succumbed to allowing faculty members to adopt and teach godless ideologies such as critical race theory and intersectionality as necessary for faithful Christian ministry.
  • There are many biblically faithful, scholarly professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who have not adopted the tenants of critical theory, critical race theory or intersectionality and have been in keeping with the intent of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles.
  • There has been an unwillingness by Christian institutions to publicly repudiate the incompatibility of critical theory, critical race theory, and intersectionality with the basic tenants and theological convictions associated with the historical, confessional Christianity which has created substantial challenges in the ability for Christians to reject such views on the basis of first amendment religious liberties which are rooted in the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • The Board of Trustees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has yet to publicly address or take a position on the seminary’s view of critical race theory, critical theory and intersectionality.

In order to provide clarity to the evangelical community and stakeholders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (alumni, students, faculty, former faculty and/or financial contributors), I request The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees to:

  1. Launch a formal inquiry and review of the curriculum being taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College, to evaluate the extent to which the tenants of critical theory, critical race theory and intersectionality are actively being or have previously been taught as a positive contribution to the Christian faith.
  2. Direct the President and Dean of each department, to review publicly made comments by current faculty members, at in-person or virtually events, to determine whether their remarks are in keeping with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles.
  3. Release a public statement from the Board of Trustees and the President which clearly articulates an official position regarding critical theory, critical race theory and intersectionality.
  4. Direct the President to develop a statement which repudiates critical theory, critical race theory and intersectionality; and establish a policy which requires faculty members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to annually sign this statement confirming these as godless ideologies which are incompatible with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles.

Based on the concerns identified above, these are reasonable requests which will provide transparency and address legitimate concerns about the current state of an institution which serves as the flagship theological training center for the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.

Respectfully,

Michael S. Miller