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Christianity and the Postmodern Turn: Six Views

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In our post-Cold War, post-colonial, post-Christian world, Western culture is experiencing a dramatic shift. Correspondingly, says Myron Penner, recent philosophy has taken a postmodern turn in which traditional concepts of reality, truth, language, and knowledge have been radically altered, if not discarded. Here James K.A. Smith, John Franke, Merold Westphal, Kevin ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Brazos Press
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Радостин Марчев
Книгата е силно философска и това трябва да се има предвид от хората, които биха желали да я отворят.
Самото й съдържание е смесено - двама от авторите са силно критични (алергични няма да е пресилена дума) към постмодерното мислене, трима са положително настроени, и един (Кевин Ванхузер) е някъде по средата. Целта е християни с различни убеждения да бъдат стимулирани да започнат да си говорят и слушат. Моето впечатление е, че това като цяло не се случва в книгата. Скот Смит и Дъглас Гейвет рабо
Aug 17, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
Every contributor has a good point to make in this book which made it very educational as for the different implications of how postmodernity effects Christianity. In a sense, the book itself can be construed as being post-modern! I think I have to agree with Kevin VanHoozer the most because he doesn't wholly accept or disavow postmodernism but takes from it where it benefits Christianity-the narrative for the purposes of redemptive history. And I think his critique of John Franke is right on: ...more
Dwight Davis
Jul 07, 2011 Dwight Davis rated it liked it
My actual rating of this book would be 3 and a half stars. Alas, goodreads doesn't allow halfs.

Contrary to the reviewer named "Steve" on here, not every essay has something positive to say. Kevin Vanhoozer, Jamie Smith, and Merold Westphal all had some good things to say, with Westphal and Smith providing the best essays. Doug Geivett was a condescending jerk in his essays, painting a straw man of postmodernism and offering no grace to his opponents.

This book was also weighed down by too many
Todd Miles
Geivett writes from the Biola perspective defending a chastened realism and a soft foundationalism. Scott Smith writes from the Biola perspective on the internal inconsistency of arguing for a linguistically constructed reality. Vanhoozer writes a good critique of the pomo use of language. Franke writes a short version of Beyond Foundationalism. Jamie Smith examines what Lyotard actually meant by a metanarrative. Westphal writes on Lyotard, as well as Heidegger and ontotheology. This is a very ...more
Keith Brooks
Jul 12, 2011 Keith Brooks rated it really liked it
Great selection of authors. I only looked at Jamie Smith, Vanhoozer and the Biola guys. Franke was the weakest. I was delighted to see Vanhoozer channelling John Frame and Cornelius Van Til but without any footnotes. I would have appreciated his argument being tighter and more focussed like the Biola guys.
Andrew Canavan
May 25, 2013 Andrew Canavan rated it really liked it
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A pretty good introduction to various Christian positions on postmodernity. Unlike other "multiple views" books I've read, the authors thoroughly (and sometimes combatively) engage with one another. The essays by Vanhoozer, James K.A. Smith, and Westphal were excellent.
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Myron Bradley Penner (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Edmonton, Alberta. He previously taught at Prairie College and Graduate School and served as a human development worker. He is the editor of Christianity and the Postmodern Turn and coauthor of A New Kind of Conversation.
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