Post-Modernism

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The Puzzle of Post-Modernism

There are ramifications for Post-Modern thinking on our society. If we’ve rejected objective reality so the world is what you and your culture create, and if there is no truth, just interpretations by different people and cultures, then nothing can be known or communicated. What we have is a collection of truths for groups. We [&hellip

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Tolerance

Nothing offends people today more than to claim to have the truth. Since there is no truth, no one can claim to have it. It is diametrically opposed to the very core tenets of Post-Modernism. And that’s why Post-Modernists call for “tolerance.” Today there are actually two working definitions of tolerance. It would serve you [&hellip

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Post-Modernism & reality

The biggest problem with Post-Modern thought is that it runs smack dab into reality. Not only do these proponents claim that you can create your own meaning to written words, but they also state that you construct your own world according to your culture and experience. According to the Post-Modernist, all of us are conditioned [&hellip

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The Post-Modern claim of “Everything is Interpretation”

A third claim in Post-Modernism would be that any written text has no real meaning, just various interpretations open to readers. The phrase most commonly heard associated with this mindset would be, “What does this mean to you?” While in Post-Modernism, “each author (or artist) is the product of his or her own cultural setting [&hellip

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The Post-Modern claim of “No Metanarratives”

A second claim of Post-Modernism is that there are no metanarratives or “big story” to explain all reality, whether the model is Creation or Evolution. Creation is discarded since God doesn’t exist, the assumption with which Post-Modernism begins. (Remember that all worldviews begin with an assumption: either God exists or He doesn’t.) In addition, the [&hellip

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The Post-Modern claim of “No Truth”

One Post-Modern claim would be the following: there is no truth, just interpretations by different people and cultures, and all are equally valid. Take the resurrection of Jesus as an example. In Post-Modern thought, the “Christian truth” is that Jesus rose from the dead, while in the “Muslim truth”, He didn’t even die on the [&hellip

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Truth through time

In what could be called the Pre-Modern era, or before the 1600’s, there was a strong belief in the supernatural, namely God. Furthermore, people viewed oral and written traditions, like the Bible, to have authority to explain all of reality. The Bible, for instance, gave us the explanation of where we came from, why we’re [&hellip

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Post-Modernism explained

You are free to believe what you want, but the real question would be, is it true? According to the American Heritage Dictionary, truth is defined as “conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic.” You could believe something, accepting it as true, genuine, or real, but that wouldn’t make it true. Take for example the idea [&hellip

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Witnessing apart from the “Two-Story” Truth

What makes witnessing so difficult in today’s Post-Modern age is the fact that because of this dichotomy, or two-story truth, religion is respected but irrelevant. It’s just your own personal belief; it’s not anything that we can use in the public arena, since there are no universal truths for all people. Regarding issues like abortion, [&hellip

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Post-Modernism and pedophilia

Remember that in Post-Modernism, there is no Truth for all people, just relative truths for individuals and groups.  I have warned my students at Milwaukee Lutheran High School for years that one day I will be teaching how we should not have sex with children even if the culture permits it.  That day is getting closer. Check out [&hellip

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