Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Postmodernism and the Death of Truth

  • There are no absolutes.
  • Truth is relative.
  • Do what makes you feel good because there are no eternal consequences for your actions.
  • That may be true for you, but it isn't true for me.

Each and every day we are bombarded with these and other similar messages, by our university professors, by the media, and even by the policies that our government enacts. As Christians we realize that these statements are not accurate and that they cannot hold up under intense scrutiny, but do we know why? Do we understand the consequences of allowing these subtle beliefs to influence us and our society? Can we recognize them when they are disguised as fashion trends and culture norms? Have we been desensitized to these messages in our world? Are we simply ignoring them, assuming that like us, everyone knows that they aren't really true? I hope not, because if we are then we have already allowed our impact to dwindle.

The statements above stem from a comprehensive worldview that has a tiger hold on our society today. That worldview is called Postmodernism. In a phrase, postmodernism spells the death of Truth, and if taken all the way to its logical conclusions it could mean the end of life as we in the West know it. As Christians we need to be able to discern where postmodernism has crept up in many areas of our society, and we need to learn how to refute its falsities confidently and effectively. Over the next several weeks we will explore this worldview and how it manifests itself in ten different areas of life:

Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, History.

Once we see where and how postmodernism is rearing its ugly head we can begin to understand what it will take to conquer it. It will be a long and hard battle, but Truth, the truth of our Lord and Saviour, is worth it.

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