Interrogate

In English critical theory, we are told to interrogate the text, interrogate culture, and interrogate traditional norms. Derrida interrogates universal claims, feminists interrogate masculinity, Marxists interrogate capitalism… etc. But we are never told to interrogate ourselves.

We don’t hear these academics saying that we need to interrogate our souls and our selves. No one seems to suggest that the problem lies within each of us; instead, the problem is externalized. No wonder people say the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Oh, right, people don’t believe what the Bible says about every person being sinful.*

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* C.J. Mahaney preaches on The Troubled Soul, mentioning our need to “interrogate” our souls (38:00-40:00), an internal focus that made me think about all this in the first place.

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