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Christian: “Jesus is the truth!”; Postmodernist: “…whatever”

(or) Bringing Gospel into the Postmodern world.

The truth can be spoken only by someone who is already at home in it; not by someone who still lives in falsehood and reaches out from falsehood towards truth on just one occasion.”

These words came from an Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein who contemplated about the logical relationship between the propositions we make and the world. In the end he concluded that there cannot be such a relationship.

While the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 certainly remains unmodified, the context (space and time) for which it is originally meant, on the contrary is nearly always different that is a natural result of the phrase “all nations”. If apologetics is perceived to be one of the ingredients of effective evangelism, then it follows that the way one reasons or promotes the defense for Christian case must go along with any adaptation to the particular environment. It is not otherwise with major group of the western world that was swayed by intense thoughts of Postmodernism and Relativism presented by Foucault, Derrida and Rorty. This would cover mostly all the people born between the years 1984 and 2002, which some usually refer to as Millennials or Gen Y, while Barna Group uses a very apt expression – Mosaics for “it reflects their eclectic relationships, thinking styles, and learning formats, among other things.

Postmodernism

Since Postmodernism can be understood variously, depending on the point of view we are taking we must be careful with some assertions of a definite sort. In fact the postmodern inability of being accurately defined could serve as some sort of definition itself. Due to its syncretistic nature it accepts no simple answers or singular truths and disapproves any core foundation for an ideology. A postmodern person does not believe that in any way we can examine, prove or access the objective reality or truth, if there is such a thing. At best we can observe what works and what does not. Claims about any higher truth are perceived as an attempt to impose view or push someone’s agenda (propaganda). Since all people were born into an environment, all were influenced by their context and thus cannot serve as independent agents in search for a truth. Because of that what is true for a group of people at a certain point in time is not necessarily true for another group, therefore as Jim Leffel said: “There is no possibility of “transculture objectivity.””. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Mission, Reasonable Faith

 

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