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                    Monday, June 7 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Another perspective

I found another take on "postmodernism" in the current online edition of Christianity Today which gives more food for thought on the topic treated here a couple of weeks ago. In an interview, Art Lindsley, a senior fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute and former director of educational ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center and staff specialist with the Pittsburgh-based Coalition for Christian Outreach, tells interviewer Dick Straub that modernism "placed too much accent on reason, that reason was the definitive and only way you could know things."

The basic psychological objective of postmodernism, he says, "is that any kind of grand story or meta-narrative will automatically produce oppression. So that whenever you speak about truth or absolutes, many people automatically hear it as intolerance and closed-mindedness and self-righteousness. In other words, they hear a different message than what you may be saying." Of course the Judeo-Christian worldview is the world's ultimate "meta-narrative," an outworking of history, the present, and even the future on the basis of God's grand story, beginning with Genesis and climaxing in the Apocalypse.

The biblical answer to modernism is easy to put, as Lindsley does: "I don't see how any believer could be a modernist because we need revelation in order to know the answers to some of the deepest things. Anybody who would say we need revelation can't say that reason is omnipotent. And I would say we can place a lot of emphasis on imagination and on mystery."

But postmodernism is a horse of a different color. He explains: "I work with a group of interns [who] come out of secular colleges. These are very committed believers. They're the cream of the crop. I find they don't have any difficulty saying that something is true, but only with great difficulty can they say something else is false.* It's inbred in them by their educational system* that to make any such claim is arrogant and impossible.

"If you even mention the idea of truth or give reasons against post-modernism, you find a strong emotion arising that even goes against any argument. I remember one young man after class came up to me and said, "I really appreciate what you're telling us, but as soon as you mention giving reasons for faith, I have a strong reaction that rises from my gut." I did a poll the next day and found that about two-thirds of the class of these very committed believers felt the same thing."

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

*Emphasis added.

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A man and his wife are in a new restaurant, and the man finds to his disgust that the waiters have no shirts on. Their waiter is a brawny young man with black chest hair. "Let's get out of here," he snarls to his wife. "Why, dear?" she asks brightly. "You've always said you wanted to go to a topless joint."

Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz 

Thought for today

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

Catherine
Sent by Trudy Myers 

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