PostModernism

Distinguishing features of PostModernism

John Loeffler, in his message entitled “Critical Thinking in an Age of Deceit” - 2011 International Strategic Perspectives Conference, Koinonia Institute, lists some distinguishing features of the Postmodernism:
* Truth is constantly changing
* Truth is compartmentalized
* Truth is personal (subjective) – we create the truth of our own lives
* Truth is not universal
* It operates on a two-tiered belief system, the upper layer declares that there are no absolutes, but the underlying belief system is absolute.

People acquainted with the Truth, should realize that this line of thinking lacks basic logic.
The absolute declaration that there is no absolute, gives rise to a logical conflict.

There are available excellent resources/ discussions on this subject on the internet, but the space here does not allow for an extensive study. I recommend Ravi Zacharias, Albert Mohler, and R.C. Sproul [1], and James Arlandson [2], among others.
The statement made by Ravi Zacharias during the QA session following his exposition titled “An Evangelical Understanding of Postmodernism”, 4 series [3], caught my attention. He explained that postmodernism is not new, but actually originated in the Garden of Eden, when Satan asked Eve “Did God really said...? (Gen 3:1)
His statement brings to light all the attempts made by man to redefine everything and dethrone God from His rightful place.
From the beginning of time, man tried to define who God is, what God said, etc, and did this to his own peril.
What is astounding is that we live in a society which does not even want to know the truth! This is a clear indication that we are living indeed in the last of the last days. [4]

In my opinion, our society as a whole crossed the point of no return when a large part of the Evangelic Christians (mainly the Emergent Church) accepted the postmodernism ideas that there is no absolute truth.

There is a Truth, and is never changing (1 Sam 15:29, Ps 89:34), is consistent and universal (Is 41:21, 1 Jn 2:7), and has no double agenda. The Truth is personified in Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6).
As Paul said in 1 Co 3:11 “...no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that is Jesus the Messiah” (ISV).
This reminds me of Ravi Zacharias’ famous statement when, visiting Ohio State University, and was drove past Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, the host explained that it was the first post modernist building, with pillars that have no purpose and stairs leading no where; a building which had apparently no design. After pondering the information received,
Ravi Zacharias, in his characteristic style, asked the host if the foundation was also laid without a design. [5]
Sure, no one would think of living in such a building! Ravi Zacharias concluded: “You see, you and I can fool with the infrastructure as much as we would like, but we dare not fool with the foundation because it will call our bluff in a hurry.”
Still man does this on daily basis, embracing a destructive way of life, because postmodernism is more than a trend, it became a lifestyle.

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[1] http://thereformedparishioner.blogspot.com/2007/11/ravi-al-and-rc-on-pos...
http://sbcvoices.com/interacting-with-al-mohler-truth-postmodernism-and-...
[2] http://www.trinitysem.edu/Faculty/vita/jarlandson.pdf
http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/03/the_origins_of_postmodernism.html
[3] An Evangelical Understanding of Postmodernism Carl F.H. Henry Center, located on the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School campus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKhUMtSun2w
[4] 2Th 2:9-11 ISV The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous signs, lying wonders, (10) and every type of evil to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them. (11) For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.
[5] An Evangelical Understanding of Postmodernism
http://www.thinkingchristian.net/worldview/arts/2012/10/the-wexner-cente...

Monica Lemons