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October 27, 2004


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Rather than trying to disprove her assertion that we will beg God not to kill us without knowing the reasoning behind that assertion, can you give a brief synopsis of her (or your) reason for claiming that about postmodernity? Then maybe we can dialogue from that point.

Brian -- the Enlightenment project encouraged a level of self-suffiency we had previously not known. Scientific advances bred a sense that we were in charge of our destiny (as a human race). In part, it was this mindset of autonomy and self-suffiency that led philosophers to postulate God as a no-longer-needed crutch; thus the famous declaration: "God is dead."

In the postmodern world in which we live, many have described our culture as living under a "spectre of doom" -- we have lost confidence in the human ability to master our own problems, and so we are now vulnerable. Some believe this, in part, is behind the growing popularity of "spirituality" -- especially in the US. Combined with this is a growing awareness within communities of faith that we humans have failed in our stewardship of our planet, its resources, and especially its poor.

When framed in this kind of thinking, Dr. Johns' assertion makes sense. But is it accurate? That's what I'm anxious to hear about from people.

Certainly we have been poor stewards of our resources. But is there a growing awareness in communities of faith that we may not have real faith at all? That would be a good reason to cry to God for mercy. It has been for me.

i'm reading the 'time quartet' books by Madeleine L'Engle.

(i hope that link works)

anyway -- it's science fiction for kids, but i like it for many reasons.

and one observation from it -- the extra intelligent people in the book (the research scientists) have a huge struggle to maintain hope. they see the "spectre of doom" everywhere and they realize humanity's vulnerability.

modernity believes that as we learn, we will conquer. postmodernity sees that the more we learn, the less we really know. every answer opens multiple new questions.

maybe that's part of the doom.

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