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Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future

Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future

    Editor Introduction (Winter 2007)   David Livermore (Winter 2007) Is “cultural relevance” an effective and theologically sound wineskin for the emergent church or is it moving Christianity toward oblivion?   Suggested Reading (Spring 2007)   Winfield Bevins (Spring 2007)   Dony Donev (Spring 2007)   Suggested Reading (Summer 2007)   B. Keith Putt […]

Alexander Severus (208 – 235CE) was the 26th Emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 222 – 235 CE. He was the last of the Severan Dynasty and his assassination in 235 led to the Imperial Crisis of the Third Century, a period of nearly fifty years of invasions, civil wars and economic collapse. Image by way of Wikimedia Commons.

The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity, by Woodrow E. Walton

Has Christianity ever found itself in a world full of competing religions and cultures? What can we learn from how those followers of Jesus acted in their times? Should we hope for the same kinds of outcomes? We are presently concerned with the relationship of our faith to the other religions of the world, especially […]

Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

In the Fall 2008 issue, a reader wrote to Robert Huckleberry about his review of Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis that appeared in the Summer 2008 issue:   I don’t think you have defined postmodernism or modernism well. You say that “postmodernism counters modernism as its antithesis.”  Knowing that you did not have space for an […]

Brian McLaren's A Generous Orthodoxy, reviewed by Raul Mock

Brian McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy, reviewed by Raul Mock

Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional +evangelical +post/protestant +liberal/conservative +mystical/poetic +biblical +charismatic/contemplative +fundamentalist/calvinist +anabaptist/anglican +methodist +catholic +green +international +depressed-yet-hopeful +emergent +unfinished Christian (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2004), 297 pages, ISBN 0310257476 No reader of this book will finish it unaffected. Critics of McLaren or the emergent conversation will have more disdain and […]

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 […]

Crystal Downing: How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith

Crystal Downing: How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith

  Crystal L. Downing, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith: Questioning Truth in Language, Philosophy and Art (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 240 pages. Crystal Downing has navigated through the mire of misinformation and mangled terminology to present to her reader a clear understanding of what postmodernity is and is not. More importantly, she has […]

Retro Faith: A Christian Response to Postmodernism

Retro Faith: A Christian Response to Postmodernism

    Bob Dylan wrote a song in the 1960’s entitled “The Times They are A-Changin” that describes the changing times that we now live in. Change is all around us. There is rapid development and technology such as the world has never seen before. In the past 100 years we have learned how to […]

Editor Introduction: Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future

Editor Introduction: Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future

  How should the church respond to postmodernism? With great anticipation and some caution, I am pleased to announce the beginning of our discussion on Postmodernism, the Church, and the Future. As North American culture has become increasingly postmodern, some church leaders have perceived this shift to be a threat and others an opportunity. Church […]

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