“…always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
2 Timothy 3:7
In a popular academic work by Steven Conner there is a quote by Michael Ryan, a postmodern liberal. He said:
Rather than being expressive representations of a substance taken to be prior, cultural signs become instead active agents in themselves, creating new substances, new social forms, new ways of acting and thinking, new attitudes, reshuffling the cards of ‘fate’ and ‘nature’ and social ‘reality’. It is on this margin that culture, seemingly entirely autonomous and detached, turns around and becomes a social and material force, a power of signification that discredits all claims to substantive grounds outside representation and this discrediting applies to political institutions, moral norms, social practices and economic structure. (Postmodernist culture, p. 225)
The postmodern culture has pronounced the death sentence on absolute truth and reality; therefore, we have to reshuffle the cards of fate, nature, and reality. The deck of cards according to the postmodern agenda plays out this way; political institutions, moral norms, social practices, and economic structures are signified by our culture and expressed by representatives of that culture. Alasdair MacIntyre, in his book, After Virtue, identified the cultural representatives in three categories. They are the manager, therapist, and aesthete. They represent the cultural elites and everyone follows their lead. Managers have authority in public life, therapists have influence in personal life and the aesthete resonates alleged beauty in modern media. These cultural representatives are modern sophists. Their social engineering is deceptive at the root.
The expressions of our cultural dilemma are noticed when it used to be that we heard of adults committing suicide, but now that is a common practice among teenagers. Saving owls is more important than saving babies. Where will it all end?
In the postmodern culture, words are meaningless. Therefore, a preacher, politician, or professor can tell a lie and “it’s all good.” The church has been seduced by Satan’s lies. Now, the postmodern culture charms professing Christians with deceptive statements like, “absolute objective truth is not necessary for cultural civility.” According to Richard Tarnas, the postmodernist states, “the nature of truth and reality, in science no less than in philosophy, religion, or art, is radically ambiguous” (The Passion of the Western Mind, by Richard Tarnas, p. 397). The church stands Silent in the midst of an ever-darkening culture.
Dr. Os Guinness observes that “in a postmodern world, the question is not ‘Is it true?’ but rather ‘Whose truth is it?’ and ‘Which power stands to gain?’” If you do not understand postmodern theory, it is like cancer. It is silent, ever present, poisonous, and possesses stealthy metastasis qualities. To put it another, postmodern theory is killing the evangelical church in the US and the western Judeo-Christian ethic. Now, I’ve written a blog about something that I’m very familiar with. So what?