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Grenz defines postmodernism, and traces its history from the late 1800s (Nietzsche offered some very viable criticisms of modernity before his death in 1900) through to the present, looking at the three major authors and thinkers who have shaped it. The three authors are Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty, whose writings are the de facto philosophy at many universities in America. While their philosophy is only a part of postmodernism, it can't be ignored when looking at the movement as a whole.
One of the most important aspects for understanding postmodernism is placing it within the context of late modernity. The best definition of postmodernism is a radical distancing from modern philosophies about truth and knowledge, so Grenz examines some of the major tenets of modernity as well. He then juxtaposes the changes occurring in postmodernism onto existing modern concepts, offering a clear, understandable look at what postmodernism is really about.
Thoroughly documented and extremely relevant, this primer will meet the needs of Christians at all levels, from Sunday School to higher education. More importantly, it will begin the process of helping the church truly learn how best to embody the principles and truth of the gospel in our new cultural setting, that of postmodernity. If we cling to the remaining vestiges of modernity, Grenz feels the church will become completely irrelevant. Understanding what postmodernism is will help us toretain and improve our relevance, and will enable us to reach out with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
|Title: A Primer on Postmodernism|
By: Stanley J. Grenz
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1996
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW08646
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But what is postmodernism? How did it arise? What characterizes the postmodern ethos? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? Who are its leading advocates? Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the church, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation?
Stanley Grenz here charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture.
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