Modernism, with its “belief in the rationality of the universe,” has been the hallmark of the twentieth century. Today, however, there has been growing dissatisfaction with the modern view. The result has been the emergence of the postmodern movement, which is affecting every area of intellectual endeavor, including theology. It is important for Christians to understand postmodernism and to construct a theology to evidence awareness of and response to it. Some aspects of postmodernism are compatible with and supportive of biblical Christian theology, while other parts are antagonistic. Christian theology needs to support and use the former while rejecting the latter.
- Reviewing the characteristics of modernity, how did they influence and affect theology during the period characterized as “modern”?
- In comparison to thoughts and ideals of scientists and philosophers of the modern period, what changes in perspective have occurred in the postmodern period?
- Considering the values and morals of the postmodern age, what do you believe the theologians of the post-postmodern age will have to contend with?
- How should we construct a responsible criticism of radical postmodernism?