Postmodernity

Rushdoony gives a concise and helpful parsing of the postmodernism we live in today. It is easy to think that “postmodernism” is such a fancy and obtuse word that the “run-of-the-mill” Christian can’t possibly begin to understand his times. This article is a step at understanding your times in order to apply the cornerstone of the Gospel – so that uncertainty and foolhardy hubris doesn’t get the best of you.

Of particular notice is Rushdoony’s connection between the uncertainty offered by postmodernism and the health-wealth-prosperity blasphemies. Since people have become lazy in reading to rightly understand the Bible, they have slipped into a pit of despair. As a result, they have nothing to offer except some happy-go-lucky superficiality they pass off as Christianity.

In the end, consistent postmodernists will have to sit in the corner and drool or live like hell because there is no meaning. However, most postmoderns aren’t consistent, so they talk about how everyone is right and let’s stop fighting. Lah-tee-dah. Don’t talk to me about how postmodernism will answer my questions, because in the end it is nothing but a cover-up for sin. It loses itself in an ocean of relativity because it has not done the hard work of thinking and critiquing. We have become so enamored with who got kicked off the island on the latest “reality“ show than what is happening in reality!

Quotation:
In the final analysis, postmoderns insist that two plus two can equal five. It’s a valid interpretation for certain groups, and you should not condemn them. Do they say this with certainty? If so, then they practically operate as if two plus two equals four. There is no reason to assume that simply because there are a multiplicity of beliefs that this somehow justifies pluralism. It rather demonstrates man’s sinful creativity to cover himself in diverse philosophical disguises.

Please at least skim the article to be aware of the issues that postmodernism is built upon. Do yourself a favor: get a cup of joe in your local coffee shop, think about why someone would want to say that all beliefs are right, and talk to your neighbor as to why he thinks that all rivers lead to the same ocean.

Comments 1

  1. Postmodernity, like most ideas coming from French rationalist schools of thought, claims FAR more than it can prove.

    But once you peel away the screaming insanity of some of its self-contradictory claims, one can find an important and absolutely necessary critique of modernity.

    Derrida’s “incredulity toward metanarratives” is an important idea, as is the idea that metanarratives are often attempts to seize power.

    If we can’t see that the rampant modern worship at the altar of Science can be more completely explained by postmodernity than by modernity (which merely blesses whichever school of thought WINS the power battle), then we’ve got serious problems with our way of understanding the world.

    “Two plus Two can equal five” is a linguistics game that no sane human actually believes in practice.

    Postmodernity, ironically, does a great job of forcing people to be empirical with their claims. If the Gospel is really true (and not merely a claim to power), then those people claiming it to be true should possess lives transformed (in some measure) according to its truth claims.

    in HIS love,
    nick

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