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Crystal Downing: How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith

For the conservative interpreter of the Bible, Downing has articulated how postmodernity makes the faith-based interpretation legitimate once again, perhaps providing hope for the niggling angst towards Bultmann’s demythologizing. For the liberal interpreter of the Bible, Downing has articulated how postmodernity accommodates alleged non-literal problematical texts (i.e. six-day creation), possibly without compromising the essentials of orthodox Christianity. For the one who is befuddled over the meaning of the term “postmodern,” Downing leads to comprehension, using the clearest language that this reviewer has yet to read. For the one who is somewhat familiar with philosophy, Downing’s book provides a quick refresher to the philosophers and their ideas.

Reviewed by John R. Miller


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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2007

About the Author: John R. Miller is an ordained minister with Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY and serves as Pastor of Education with Living Word Temple of Restoration, Rochester, NY. He has a degree from Elim Bible Institute, a B.Div. (Trinity Theological Seminary), C.P.E. (University of Rochester), M.Div. (Northeastern Seminary), and Ph.D. (Regent University). He teaches at Regent University and Elim Bible Institute & College.

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