Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Terminology Tuesday: Postmodernism

Postmodernism: A term used to designate a variety of intellectual and cultural developments in late-twentieth-century Western society. The postmodern ethos is characterized by a rejection of modernist values and a mistrust of the supposedly universal rational principles developed in the Enlightenment era. Postmoderns generally embrace pluralism and place value in the diversity of worldviews and religions that characterizes contemporary society..1

1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 93.


BallBounces said...

Isn't defining postmodernism almost a contradiction in terms?!

Anonymous said...

So, can a person be a postmodernist and a Christian at the same time?

Unknown said...

I don't think so. Christianity requires belief in universal principles. Post-modernism generally rejects the notion of universal principles.

John B. Moore said...

Some Christians cautiously welcomed postmodernism because it attacked science. Thus, they had a common enemy. But Paul is right that Christianity and postmodernism have very different notions.

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