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The Tower of Babel

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What is modernity and why is there such a reaction to it? Where is the church in all of this and how does our faith relate to this massive upheaval in human thought during our own lifetime?

Modernity built the tower—now postmodernity must face the challenge of condemning the unsafe structure.


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1 [ Back ] Gene E. Veith, Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture (Wheaton: Crossway, 1994), p. 27.
2 [ Back ] Ibid.
3 [ Back ] David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989), p. 39.
4 [ Back ] Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993), xii.
5 [ Back ] Cited in Colin Gunton, The One, The Three And The Many: God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), p. 224.
6 [ Back ] Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, vol. 3/2, pp. 232, 240.
7 [ Back ] Gunton, op. cit., p.16.
8 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 71.


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: "Our Time: The Opportunities of a Postmodern Culture" Sept./Oct. 1995 Vol. 4 No. 5 Page number(s): 4-9

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