Nathan the Naive

Pluralism, Postmodernism, and Playing to the Gallery

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That which is universal-that which we all know deep down to be most true-is our inner sense of God's existence and our moral duty to love God and our neighbors.

How many times have we heard that relativism is synonymous with postmodernism? Whether celebrated by friends or assailed by critics, postmodernism is getting a lot more credit (and discredit) than it deserves in contemporary Christian conversations. On the more "Emergent Church" side of things, breaking out of an era of rigid dogmatism and religious intolerance is a sign that we are finally coming of age: hence, post-modern. On the more conservative side, postmodernism equals a denial of truth and a descent into spiritual, moral, and theological anarchy.

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1 [ Back ] George Hunsinger, Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), 76.
2 [ Back ] Hunsinger, 80.
3 [ Back ] Hunsinger, 255.

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Jesus Among other Christs" May/June 2009 Vol. 18 No. 3 Page number(s): 14-18

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