A Comedian’s View on Postmodernism

2 Jun

A Comedian’s View on Postmodernism

For those who know what Postmodernism is you will understand the humor.

See Video : http://youtu.be/yTSKU0FgZts

The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology defines Postmodernism as:

A late-twentieth-century movement in architecture, literary criticism, philosophy, and theology, as well as music and popular culture. It represents a reaction against the correspondence understanding of truth and universal explanatory schemes, as well as the Enlightenment view of objectivity, rationality, and progress. It tends toward pluralism and relativism. ( The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology by Millard J. Erickson, Crossway books, Pg. 157). (1)

 Even the most educated and scholarly Christian writers have said as Gary Gilley points out in his book “This little church stayed home, Evangelical Press. 2006 pg. 25 ) (2),  that “postmodernism is relatively complicated, so it is necessary to probe carefully it’s worldview and it’s affect on cultures as well as the church.”

 From Pastor Gary Gilley’s book we find 2 quotes that are helpful in understanding the postmodern philosophy. On pg. 25

 Kruger explains, “Postmodernity, in contrast to modernity, rejects any notion of objective truth and insists that the only absolute in the universe is that there are no absolutes. Tolerance is the supreme virtue and exclusivity the supreme vice. Truth is not grounded in reality or in any sort of authoritative “text”, but is simply constructed by the mind of the individual [or socially constructed]. 4 “ (3)

 Gilley further writes in describing postmodernism and quotes  Douglas Groothuis:

“Groothuis elaborates, ‘For these postmodernist thinkers, the very idea of truth has decayed and disintegrated. It is no longer something knowable…At the end of the day, truth is simply what we, as individuals and as communities, make it to be—and nothing more. ‘ 5” (4)

 With Postmodern thought there is a rejection of truth, “known truth or Universal truth. Postmodernism is also described as “Whatever works or is pragmatic.

In today’s world “Postmodernism” is more simply expressed in questioning what is truth or true. This thinking affects our values, decisions, morals, and virtues and how we see the world as well as how we understand who God is. Absolutes cease to exist. Even the Bible’s authority and trustworthiness of God is questioned at worst, or twisted and misrepresented to fit any circumstance.

God’s word can be trusted and His words are true. It should be remembered that; God of the bible warns in Revelation 22:18,19

 “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”

 2 Peter 1:20,21 also says:

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

 Jesus said of Himself in John 17:14-17 

“I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. “

 As hard as it may be to believe Postmodernism is well entrenched in the thoughts of many Christians. As Christians we must stand firm on the truths found in the Scripture. We need to have the belt of truth on tightly and use the sword of the spirit to dismantle the arguments of those who try to refute what Scripture makes very clear that the Bible is the Word of God.

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1. The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology by Millard J. Erickson, Crossway books, Pg. 157

2. Pastor Gary E. Gilley, This little Church Stayed Home, Evangelical Press. 2006 pg. 25 (boiding added)

3. Michael J. Kruger, The Sufficiency of Scripture in Apologetics, pg. 73

4. Douglas Groothuis, Truth Decay, InterVarsity Press: 2000, pg. 20
 
  
 
 
 
 

 

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