Unhelpful Fruits of Postmodernism

There are 5 unhelpful fruits that postmodernism has produced. They are:

  1. Death of the META-NARRATIVE = Postmodernism puts to death any ultimate truth. The bible is the ultimate universal truth, which includes: Creation, fall of mankind, redemption of sinners and promise of eternal life for the saved or death for the unsaved.
  2. Demise of the TEXT = If meta-narratives are dead then the bible is dead. Because the bible represents a threat to feminists, liberationists and the homosexual community then the truth of the bible must be deconstructed  to fit their ideology.
  3. Dominated by THERAPY = Categorising some human behaviour as SIN is rejected as oppressive and harmful to self-esteem. We want people to feel good about themselves’ and sign up to the kingdom of God without repenting of their sin.
  4. Decline of AUTHORITY = All authority is to be rejected as oppressive and limiting self-expression. Preaching is tolerated as long as it doesn’t inject divine authority into it and preachers are to be more like Dr Phil and Oprah than the Apostle Paul or John the Baptist.
  5. Displacement of Morality = Postmodernism not only permits but celebrates alternative lifestyles. There is a reversal of morals that has taken place.

Tomorrow we will explore how some contemporary preaching is accommodating postmodern culture rather than challenging it.

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5 Responses to “Unhelpful Fruits of Postmodernism”

  1. These post-modern posts have been very good mate!

  2. Would be interesting to also look at some of the redeemable qualities and / or helpful fruits of post modernism also… are there any? and how can we lead the change out of those things / places where Jesus is and is being expressed in and through our culture?

    • Corey Turner Says:

      Hi Cory,

      Great to see you last night. It’s a good question you ask. What do you think would be some helpful fruits of postmodernism? From my perspective, whenever there is a void or vaccuum of truth, we have an opportunity to speak the truth and live the truth to be an example to others. I think post-modernism has enabled people to question long held paradigms and therefore encourages people to think for themselves. However, I think the gospel is sufficient to answer these questions and Christians need to be able to know why they believe what they believe and articulate as such… just some musings…

      Corey

  3. Rachel Wallace Says:

    Good on you, Corey, for a brave and timely sermon yesterday. Very controversial; but wonderful to see the church taking a stand for what the Bible says, rather than smudging the lines to make it more acceptable. I daresay you won’t become too popular with postmodernists, but about time someone isn’t afraid to say it as it is. I found it very helpful, clear and strengthening to my own beliefs.

    ‘Categorising some human behaviour as SIN is rejected as oppressive and harmful to self-esteem.’

    A note on this; the irony of conviction of sin is that it is actually a huge postiive and a framework within counselling to acknowledge one’s responsibility and take control of the negative behaviour. Conviction and acknowledgement of sin, like all of God’s ways of working with man, ultimately heals the psyche and allows true freedom; a freedom within the boundaries of what is truly good for an individual.

    I never cease to be amazed at the post modern belief system of ‘designing and defining your own truth’
    Universal truth must be acknowledged for a society to have unity and morality.

    A peodophile’s truth may work for him, but not his victim.
    A hoon on the road may enjoy his risk taking behaviour, but what about the family he kills?

    At the far end of the spectrum of post modernism, virtually any society defined by a code of rules or conduct is going to be considered stifling and counterproductive, and yet no business, service or enterprise can run if every individual is carrying their own agenda.
    When is this ridiculous cultural move going to stop? It does my head in.

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