Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Apologetics in a Postmodern World

Here’s a little preview of the seminar I’ll be running at the Sydney University Evangelical Union’s Annual Conference in July.

Have you ever heard a preacher attack ‘relativism’ or bemoan the decline of ‘truth’ in today’s society? Postmodernism is often portrayed as a great danger for Christians. Is this an accurate assessment? What do postmoderns really believe? Can postmodernity give meaning to our world?

The university is the home of postmodernism. How can understanding postmodernism help us give an answer for the Christian hope on campus and in an increasingly postmodern world? Come to this seminar for a beginners’ overview of postmodernism and to explore how the insights of postmodernism can shape a thoughtful and compelling approach to Christian apologetics. 

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6 thoughts on “Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Apologetics in a Postmodern World

  1. My favourite blues song, Phil’s Blues:

    I woke up this morning
    I woke up yesterday, too
    Yes, I woke up this morning
    And I woke up yesterday, too
    If I wake up tomorrow,
    That’ll be three days in a row.

  2. I find it ironic many religious people reject postmodernist thought when in fact the postmodernist concept of relativism appears to be one of religions key defenses to concepts such as a creator. Relativism being the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration. Many religions with a belief in creation seem to use scientific facts from their religious text perspective. This is very much using postmodernist subjectivity to justify, I believe, unfounded religious beliefs. Indeed, it is not appropriate to apply relativism to the Descarte scientific method.

    • I certainly think postmodern thought has significant parallels with Christian thought. But I also think the critique of scientific rationalism is quite astute – it is not, in fact, objective, but is founded on presuppositions just like any narrative framework.

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