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The Demise of Metanarrative and the Implications for Culture

The Demise of Metanarrative and the Implications for Culture

Introduction “Simplifying in the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.”1 “A massive intellectual revolution is taking place that is perhaps as great as that which marked off the modern world from the Middle Ages. The foundations of the modern world are collapsing, and we are entering a postmodern world. The principles forged during […]

Religion and Pop Culture with Leah Payne: Fall 2016

Religion and Pop Culture with Leah Payne: Fall 2016

I love good stories—especially stories that introduce theological ideas in helpful ways. Every year I am on the lookout for T.V. shows that I can incorporate into my courses in Christian studies at George Fox University. Watch along with me this fall at: leahpayne.blogspot.com! From the September 3, 2016 blog post “My quest for a […]

Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

If we want to break the dependency cycle, we must better understand the cultural context where we want to do business and ministry.   Abstract Failure to take insufficient cognisance of local contexts leads to outsiders’ encouraging business in Africa resulting in a trail of dependency. Pertinent differences between African and Western contexts addressed in […]

Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Introduction Not long ago, I attended Commencement exercises at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. I was there to see a student named Kofi receive his law degree and to celebrate with his mother, Afi.1 Afi came to the United States from Togo with her husband more than twenty years […]

Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Reflections on the Recent Postmodernism Conversation: Pastor Tony Richie wraps up our discussion on how the church should respond to postmodernism.     Introduction and Overview The editorial staff of Pneuma Review (PR) is to be commended for its facilitation of this conversation about “Postmodernism, the Church and the Future” through a series of interactive […]

Effectively Engaging Pluralism and Postmodernism in a So-Called Post-Christian Culture

Effectively Engaging Pluralism and Postmodernism in a So-Called Post-Christian Culture

  A Review Essay of Lesslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. “Pluralist!” “Postmodern!” Lately these two terms are increasingly, and sometimes carelessly, bandied about as especially descriptive of the present age. They signify such complex concepts that sometimes even defining the terminology can be difficult. To make matters even more intimidating for many […]

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