December, 2007

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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 8)

We have talked so far about what postmodernism is, what it is good and true about it as well as what is false in it, and how Christianity must respond to those places in the culture that clash with the truth. Is the discussion ended? No. To think that discussion is over when we have

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 7)

Our culture’s conclusions on morality flow naturally from its conclusions about authority and truth. If there is nothing above us, morality is up for grabs. Morality is a matter of personal choice. Our culture has adopted this view of morality on such a deep level it has even affected the meanings of words. “Tolerance” has

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 6)

There is a problem with truth. The problem is that we are subjective and finite beings, which our postmodern culture rightly recognizes. By “subjective” I mean that it is difficult to think clearly and without bias. Everything we know is shaped by who we are (where we were raised, our parent’s values, our education, our

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 5)

Martin Luther said, “We can preach the gospel with the loudest voice and in the clearest manner, but if we are not preaching the gospel at the point where it is currently under attack, we are not preaching at all.” This means that the places where truth is under attack in our culture must be

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 4)

A couple years ago I was at a lecture given by Jerram Barrs at the Rochester L’abri Conference ( The notes I took have been helpful to me in writing this series (as have his lectures in “Apologetics and Outreach,” a class he teaches at Covenant Seminary). In the lecture, Professor Barrs divided history into

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 3)

Q: How do I know postmodernism when I see it? What are its distinctives? I don’t think the full answer to that question fits on a one-page blog, but something can still be said. Here is description of a few things in the postmodern family tree: Authority: Jerram Barrs said, “The most widely held view

The Playboy Philosophy and the Church

Lately I have been reading a draft of a biography of Hugh Hefner by a colleague of mine, Steve Watts. You may have seen an interview with Steve about the book on the front page of the Columbia Tribune earlier this month. Steve’s biography is brilliant at locating Hefner in American popular culture from the

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 2)

About four years ago I was sitting in a Bible study on postmodernism, wondering why I was there. The leader of the Bible study was trying to help us understand what postmodernism was and how it affected our culture. I wrote a note on a piece of paper and passed it to the guy sitting

Postmodernism and Christianity (Part 1)

I read a book recently called “by demonstration: God” by Wade Bradshaw. In it, Bradshaw writes about the way our culture has become increasingly postmodern as reflected in the students who come to L’abri. A little background might be helpful here as to what L’abri is. Suffice it to say that it is a study

A (Borrowed) Christmas Reflection

Take a moment to consider this short excerpt from Francis Schaeffer’s sermon, “What Difference Has Looking Made?” The sermon is an extended reflection on the experience of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared at the birth of Jesus, as well as what that experience has to teach us: Doctrinal clarity matters a great deal;