Change Or Die – Chapter 1 October 23, 2008Posted by Matt in Christian Beliefs, postmodernism.
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My friend Ryan told me last night that my blog entry from yesterday in which I introduced yet another blog for you to read, left the impression that the author was remaining anonymous….of course, though, he knew that I was the one writing it. That being said, I wasn’t striving for anonymity with yesterday’s post and I again invite you all to visit this second blog dedicated to the ideas of postmodern philosophy and Christian thought.
I will probably only update my postmodern blog on a weekly basis with in-depth entries (not to worry, Words of Wisdom will continue in its present, almost daily, form), though I may occasionally add in some music or articles for your enjoyment. So, make sure that you add it to your reader (if you happen to use Google Reader or Netvibes, or whatever) because I may not always remember to tell on here when I update it.
Today’s entry marks chapter 1 of this experiment and I hope that you will join me, both with your comments and critiques, as we move forward.
Yet Another Avenue for Discussion… October 22, 2008Posted by Matt in Christian Beliefs, postmodernism.
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I’d like to call your attention to another blog that I think many of you will find interesting, expecially those of you with a penchant for postmodern philosophy in the Church of Christ (though everyone is welcome). Let me know what you think.
Deconstructing Jesus February 20, 2008Posted by Matt in deconstruction, philosophy, postmodernism.
Tags: Christianity, deconstruction, Derrida, postmodernism, relativism
The word “postmodernism” has become somewhat of a boogeyman around the Christian faith over the last several years, with many branding it as the latest threat to civilization as we know it. But, it is something that really fascinates me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the philosophical idea of Deconstruction and how it relates to our current way of thinking in Christian circles.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Jacques Derrida coined it in the 1960’s as a form of literary/social criticism. Perhaps the best description of this branch of philosophy comes from his work, On Grammatology, in which he makes the earth-shaking statement, “There is nothing outside the text.”
So, we ask ourselves, what does this mean? What text is Derrida speaking of? Is this some mysterious, all-encompassing book with an impossibly universal scope?
Of course not, rather, the “text” in question is a metaphor for language itself. In this way of thinking, language is the filter through which we see the world. Texts and writing hold the central role of putting together our experiences of the world. Then, our reading of whatever text is in question, is colored by our experiences through our interpretations. But, this does not only apply to the written word, rather, it also applies to anything we may experience or hear or see. Everything is seen through the lens that we have crafted by our experiences.
I’m going home for the day now, but I’ll finish these thoughts in later entries. Are you familiar with this way of thinking and, if so, do you have any opinions?
Taking up Teaching… November 29, 2007Posted by Matt in church, god, postmodernism, theology, universalism.
Tags: church, class, postmodernism, theodicy, worldview
It’s taken some time for me to get up the nerve, but I brought up the idea with Ryan (my friend and a minister at our church) recently about teaching a Sunday School class. I’ve done it before, but it has been several years and at a different church, so I can’t help but be a little self-conscious about it.
Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve chosen a topic that will automatically set some people on edge: Faith in the Postmodern World (or something along those lines).
Over the last several years, I’ve done a good bit of reading on different philosophies (both old and new), exploring the murky waters of metaphysics and the roily world of relativism, but I can’t help but be a bit worried about the reception these types of topics will engender. Will every class turn into an unproductive argument?
I’ve been working on a rough outline lately and gathering material, in order to have a bit more concrete idea of what it might entail. Here are a few of the things I thought we might converse about:
- The change over time from a pre (or non)-modern to modern to postmodern view in society and what events/discoveries precipitated the evolution of ideas.
- Worldviews – in particular Christian worldviews from exclusivism to inclusivism to universalism
- Questions of theodicy and the evolution of the role (or non-role) of Satan.
- How do Christians/churches engage the postmodern world?
- What is the church of the future – is it missional, emergent, or something else? Also, What about the changing roles in the postmodern church.
And there are other subjects that have come to mind, but I am at work right now and can’t remember them. I have ideas to also utilize different types of media for the class – whether they be film clips, music, or whatever else may be appropriate. Another idea is to start a blog where the class members can keep in touch throughout the week and discuss pertinent material.
To me, the whole thing sounds like it could either be really cool or else I will be chased away by people carrying torches and pitchforks. What do you think? What topics would you find absorbing within this framework. What are some movies/TV shows/songs that come to mind when you think of the ideas surrounding modern/postmodern philosophies?