Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture

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Crossway, Feb 15, 1994 - Religion - 256 pages
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The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun.

Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significance, no more value than animal or plant life. All social relationships, all institutions, all moral values are expressions and masks of the primal will to power.

Alarmingly, these ideas have gripped the nation's universities, which turn out today's lawyers, judges, writers, journalists, teachers, and other culture-shapers. Through society's influences, postmodernist ideas have seeped into films, television, art, literature, politics; and, without his knowing it, into the head of the average person on the street.

Christ has called us to proclaim the gospel to a culture grappling with postmodernism. We must understand our times. Then, through the power that Christ gives, we can counter the prevailing culture and proclaim His sufficiency to our society's very points of need.

"While pundits wring their hands over the radicalism of political correctness, speech codes, and outrageous art, Gene Edward Veith takes unerring aim at the intellectual roots of it all. The most important book for anyone who wants to know what's behind the political correctness movement." --Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship

"An ideal guide for Christians who don't want to be like the notorious military strategist preparing to fight the last war instead of the next one." --Herbert Schlossberg, author, Idols for Destruction

"Pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern thought and points the way for Christians to take advantage of both." --E. Calvin Beisner, Covenant College

 

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User Review  - Eduardo Bendana - Christianbook.com

This is the first book a read about the postmodern time we are living right now and it teach me about every angle that we christian get bombarded from this culture, specially that there is not truth ... Read full review

User Review  - Kurt Heffernan - Christianbook.com

This is one of the best books I've read concerning today's culture. It's a must read for the serious student of "Truth." Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
11
THERE ARE NO ABSOLUTES
15
FROM THE MODERN TO THE POSTMODERN
27
CONSTRUCTING AND DECONSTRUCTING TRUTH
47
THE CRITIQUE OF THE HUMAN
71
PLAYING WITH CONVENTIONS Art and Performance
93
TOWERS OF BABEL The Example of Architecture
111
THE NEW TRIBALISM
143
EVERYDAY POSTMODERNISM
175
SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT TRUTH
191
POSTMODERN CHRISTIANITY
209
CONCLUSION When the Foundations Are Destroyed
225
NOTES
235
SCRIPTURE INDEX
249
INDEX
251
Copyright

THE POLITICS OF POWER
157

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About the author (1994)

Gene Edward Veith (PhD, University of Kansas) serves as the provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College, where he also oversees both academic affairs and student affairs. He previously worked as the culture editor of World magazine. Veith and his wife, Jackquelyn, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.

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