Do You Know What Intersectionality Is?

Wow, the best treatment of intersectionality, bar none, that I have read so far. No really, this resource by Rosaria Butterfield is worth a read to bring you up to speed if you don’t quite understand intersectionality.

Butterfield breaks down the concept of intersectionality that arrived in public universities in the 1990s that was originally used as a tool to understand oppression.

Simply put, here is what we see when we use the analytical tool of intersectionality:

  • The world is made of power struggles
  • White male heterosexual patriarchy must be destroyed in order to liberate those who are oppressed by it
  • It understands the Biblical complementarity of husbands and wives as perverted and “weaponized”
  • It believes that if we can expose the myriad ways in which people suffer down to the smallest detail and then rearrange the power-oppressions, we have the ability to reemploy a person’s history (of oppressions) and destiny of (liberation)
  • Suffering in this worldview includes both material and perceived suffering

Intersectionality confuses justice, a command of God to defend the poor and the needy, with a conception of justice not defined by Scripture.

Rosaria Butterfield

You may be wondering, but isn’t that just for the crazy secular culture? That doesn’t really impact the church, right?


Intersectionality is a trojan horse entering the church from the culture.

So we have to ask ourselves–can intersectionality serve the gospel? Can we add intersectional teaching to the gospel to arrive at a better way of loving our neighbor?

Many churches and parachurch groups say yes. Intersectionality has found a home in many of our Reformed churches, notably in sensitivity training to make the church a friendlier place for “sexual minorities.”

Intersectionality is at odds with the gospel in two ways:

  1. Fostering an unbiblical view of human identity
  2. Producing social fragmentation

Butterfield shares an example that we are facing already, that is should we call someone by their “preferred pronoun?”

No–here is why:

For example, intersectionality demands that you “honor someone’s pronouns” even while knowing that those pronouns can change tomorrow. We are told that good neighbors lie to each other like this, pretending that women can be men and men can be women. We are told that a homosexual orientation is indelible and permanent, but the biological sexual difference is a matter of personal opinion.

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