Moreover, postmodernism is gaining a clear and growing consensus in popular culture.
No Need For Apologetics? Conrad Hilario We live in an age of rapid change and movement. Faddish trends appear one day and promptly vanish into obsolescence the next.
Today, many discussions about postmodernism would likely fall into this category. Flooding the discussion with books and articles —either decrying or defending postmodernism— many authors have set their sights on continuing this furious battle of tug-of-war. Meanwhile, large segments of the younger generation are growing apathetic toward the discussion.
Nevertheless, the prevalence of postmodern thought accounts for a shift in the way people see truth. Although this shift has affected many areas of life in our culture, it has had a potent affect on believers in Christ--particularly, apathy toward learning and practicing apologetics among young believers.
This article will explore the reasons for this growing trend and its unforeseen consequences. When I began following Christ eight years ago, my friends agreed that learning to defend your faith was important.
Studying apologetics was a way to solidify the confidence we already had in our faith. Apologetics served to further convince us that our faith was grounded in sufficient reason.
But our eagerness went beyond our own confidence-building, as we also learned to defend our faith and answer questions our non-Christians friends had.
For several years, I have had the privilege of serving in high school ministry. During this time, I have noticed a growing resistance towards learning how to defend the faith. This is being replaced with a new emphasis on how God changes lives and finding ways to expose people to Christian community.
Each week, I spend time with younger brothers and teach them the Bible.
Sadly, I suspect that many well-intentioned Christians, like this brother, would give a similar response to questions challenging the central beliefs of Christianity.
How do we account for this? How Do We Determine Truth? Without being simplistic, I admit that other factors contribute to this departure from apologetics. Nevertheless, in a line up of possible suspects, a shift in the way people see truth stands out as the primary culprit.
At the heart of postmodern ideology is a rejection of what some people call the correspondence theory of truth. This theory suggests that statements are true when they agree with reality.
Once this theory is rejected, truth ceases to be defined by ideas and words according with an independent reality. Swept by the powerful current of epistemic change in our culture, many have desperately clung to alternative theories of truth.
Disillusioned with the correspondence theory, our culture largely embraces the pragmatic theory of truth. Of course some people see truth this way. However, the implications of their view do not materialize until it is pressed to its logical conclusion.
These statements reflect the fact that people see similar outcomes in the lives of those having radically different beliefs.
For instance, when people observe a Muslim and a Christian being sacrificial, they naturally conclude that both religions are true.
This is because both produce good outcomes in the lives of those who believe.Nevertheless, the prevalence of postmodern thought accounts for a shift in the way people see truth.
Jump to navigation The problem with living solely for God’s blessing is that at times we are unable to see or feel His blessing in our lives. “Why do the majority of Christians in the world make decisions to follow Christ, even. A recent nationwide survey completed by the Barna Research Group determined that only 4 percent of Americans had a "biblical" worldview.
When George Barna, who has researched cultural trends and the Christian Church since , looked at the "born- again" believers in . Christians are taught in Sin has separated the world from eternity with God.
In Sunday school, Christians are taught the way to heaven is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Messiah.
The textbook defines the Messiah as, “The transliteration of the Hebrew term for. Christians are called to be "lights" in the world, and this world is becoming increasingly postmodern. The question then becomes, "How can our lives remain faithful to Scripture while living in .
This is one of the most important exercises that we can endeavor to accomplish in representing Christ to a postmodern world. We must recognize the difference between the essentials of the Christian faith and the non-essentials.
In this essay , I focus on the concept of Biblical inspiration in a postmodern era. I discuss three views about the inspiration of the Biblical text, namely the traditional verbal inspiration view, the Biblical Criticism view and the integrity view.