Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? (The Church and Postmodern Culture): Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church
Baker Academic, Apr 1, 2006 - Religion - 160 pages
The philosophies of French thinkers Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault form the basis for postmodern thought and are seemingly at odds with the Christian faith. However, James K. A. Smith claims that their ideas have been misinterpreted and actually have a deep affinity with central Christian claims.
Each chapter opens with an illustration from a recent movie and concludes with a case study considering recent developments in the church that have attempted to respond to the postmodern condition, such as the "emerging church" movement. These case studies provide a concrete picture of how postmodern ideas can influence the way Christians think and worship.
This significant book, winner of a Christianity Today 2007 Book Award, avoids philosophical jargon and offers fuller explanation where needed. It is the first book in the Church and Postmodern Culture series, which provides practical applications for Christians engaged in ministry in a postmodern world.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deusvitae - LibraryThing
A charitable interpretation of Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault by a noted Christian philosopher. The author begins with a general overview of postmodernism and these three philosophers. He then ... Read full review
Bogeyman?User Review - Russ - Christianbook.com
Smith has delivered a good primer with his treatment of Postmodernism as (1) he “unpacks it” (i.e., provides guiding explanations, etc.) and (2) shows why rather than being the “bogeyman” of the ... Read full review
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