David Grant argues that Christians not only can but should use the very best of modern and postmodern ways of thought as we think about our faith. He outlines three significant areas of recent thought that Christians must confront: the rise of critical history, the adavance of natural science, and the reality of postmodern pluralism and then examines how each forces us to rethink our understanding of the Bible, the significance of Jesus, and our ideas of God.
It is possible, contends Grant, who teaches religion at Texas Christian
University, to be a Christian and take modern and postmodern thought seriously.
In the first half of his book, Grant declares that three major intellectual
revolutions of the past changed the way we think about the world: the emergence
of historical consciousness; the discovery of the evolutionary character of the
natural world; and the postmodern recognition of diversity and pluralism. Grant
explores the impact that each of these revolutions has had on religion and
culture since the 18th century, and he develops a model of thinking about God
that encourages "21st-century Christians" to embrace a God who is worthy of
continual rethinking in light of new intellectual developments. In the second
half of the book, Grant suggests how these intellectual revolutions can be
integrated into a contemporary faith by exploring their impact on Christian
thinking about the Bible, Christ and God. Grant argues for the human origins of
the Bible, the limitations of historical knowledge about Jesus and the
conceptual character of God. His constructive proposals for integrating faith
and reason offer a middle ground for Christians trying to steer between
religious fundamentalism and postmodern analysis. (May)
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