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Fall 2008: Suggested Reading


Editor Introduction: Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future  

Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future
A Pneuma Review discussion about how the church should respond to postmodernism

Suggestions and Comments from Readers


Reader T.S. writes:

I thought this critique of postmodern thinking on today’s college campuses was insightful: “The postmodern idolatry is that all spiritual ways of life lead to the same place. Any local truth is a valid truth. In the postmodern mind, they’re all paths to being good and doing good.”

This was from an interview with James Choung, called “From Four Laws to Four Circles: James Choung has found a way to tell the old, old story to a new generation” Christianity Today (July 2008).

Here is another, older critique by Os Guinness warning of the dangers of becoming too-relevant.

In another article by philosopher William Lane Craig he says, “The idea that we live in a postmodern culture is a myth. In fact, a postmodern culture is an impossibility; it would be utterly unlivable. People are not relativistic when it comes to matters of science, engineering, and technology; rather, they are relativistic and pluralistic in matters of religion and ethics. But, of course, that’s not postmodernism; that’s modernism! That’s just old-line verificationism, which held that anything you can’t prove with your five senses is a matter of personal taste. We live in a culture that remains deeply modernist” (in “God Is Not Dead Yet: How current philosophers argue for his existence,” Christianity Today, July 2008, emphasis his). Find this article online at:  

In the next issue (Winter 2009), Tony Richie wraps up our discussion with:

“Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ’s Comes: Reflections on the Recent Postmodernism Conversation”  


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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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