Get this quotation from D. A. Carson:
Thoughtful Christians will not want to align entirely with either modernism or postmodernism, of course, but the kindness of God in His “common grace” ensures that there are useful things in both epistemological structures that a Christian may usefully exploit, and things in both structures to confront.
The question is, if we choose not to “align entirely” with either modernism or postmodernism, what do we align with? Of course the inevitable—and dreaded—answer is “biblicism” which usually ends up looking suspiciously similar to modernism. Then of course biblicism tends to leave five men equally confident about five differing positions and therefore tends to be tellingly postmodern.
While I agree that, generally, we are all biblicists here, I don’t find the generic category of much value when considering our epistemological paradigms. In other words, I prefer to call myself a postmodern who recognises the weaknesses and dangers of postmodernism than to sit on the fence.
Perhaps there is another way of approaching this issue. Bob Bixby has messed around with the concepts at times. I’d love to see the idea expanded by a mind more capable than my own.
I’ve got some great links for you today!
- We’ve got some great used theological books up for sale over at Give Me Truth. I’ve got digital copies of most of them (which is the only reason I’m telling you about them!).
- When South Carolina wanted to get community dialogue on race relations, they invited Stephen Jones of Bob Jones University to speak first. There’s progress.
- An interesting article in The Australian on how history will view George W. Bush.
- The new President of Ghana is sworn in holding a copy of the Bible.
Grace to you.