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A Primer to Postmodernism

By Stanley J. Grenz & Nadia May (Narrator)
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Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
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From the academy to pop culture, our society is in the throes of change rivaling the birth of modernity out of the decay of the Middle Ages. We are now moving from the modern to the postmodern era.But what is postmodernism? How did it arise? What characterizes the postmodern ethos? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? Who are its leading advocates? Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the church, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation? Stanley Grenz here charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture.

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From the academy to pop culture, our society is in the throes of change rivaling the birth of modernity out of the decay of the Middle Ages. We are now moving from the modern to the postmodern era.But what is postmodernism? How did it arise? What characterizes the postmodern ethos? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? Who are its leading advocates? Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the church, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation? Stanley Grenz here charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture. Review: Westminster Theological Journal Grenz's book is well-written in an engaging style that enables the reader to navigate through the ambiguous and disconcerting waters of postmodernism?. This book is also well documented and provides a number of important sources benefiting anyone wishing to further pursue the ideas and figures discussed.

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A very concise introductory look at postmodernism  Jul 24, 2008
This book is a very strong introduction to the cultural shift of postmodernism. Grenz does a thorough job of giving an overview of the major post-Enlightenment trends in philosophy and epistemology. While some terms will be cumbersome to readers new to the subject (deconstructionalism, subject-object dualism, logocentrism, etc.), Grenz keeps things fairly palatable for a wide audience. One very strong aspect of the book is that it shows that postmodernism is NOT to be feared or lamented by Christians. While it certainly provides new challenges, Grenz does a remarkable job showing how the gospel can and should be contextualized to intersect the postmodern ethos. Highly recommended for those curious to do some philosophical digging.
 
The Postmodernism Boogie Man  Jul 1, 2008
After reading Stanley Grenz title: A Primer on Postmodernism, I was almost certain that sometime over the last 30 years I had seen a greater waste of paper. After six months of contemplating the problem I am still at a lost of coming up with a name.

It seems there is another boogie man that has been set loose on society to make sure the masses are thoroughly convinced they are facing a problem which without taking head on now, will most certainly result, at the minimum, in a loss of their cherished way of life, but most likely will just go ahead and bring about the EOW. (End of the World)

As if the evil and scourge of Islamofascism, what ever that is, wasn't enough, combined with the plot of liberals to destroy the country, kill G-d, and turn us over to aforementioned Islamofascist, (my spell checker doesn't even know what that is), I guess we just had to throw in postmodernism as a safety measure. Apparently, Mr. Grenz was most happily willing to help. Causes me to wonder if he was also being funding by President Bush's, and former Secretary of Defense (SecDef), Ministry of Information project.

Call me a cynic but having lived through the cold war, where propaganda was an art form, till today's Axis of Evil, propaganda has now become a science. (Ever notice how Axis of Evil conjures up images of Nazi Germany and then guess what, we have the newly formed verbiage of "Islamofascism". Or to put it another way, America's new anti-Semitic whipping boy.

The bottom line; this whole Postmodernism drivel that is making the rounds, of which no self respecting philosophy sophomore would buy, is just another ploy to keep people in fear. I would recommend finding books about real problems we have today and look to finding real solutions to them. If that is of course still possible.

Heres a good book to consider. The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church
 
Excellent summary of Postmodernism  Jun 8, 2007
Grenz book is written in a very scholarly tone, but not so much as to render it useless to a person more accustomed to lay-speak. He omits nothing to make the read easier, but definitely write concisely, never diverging into redundant blabber.
The only thing I would note about this book is that Grenz is a Christian Minister who openly rejects Postmodernism. The first chapter of the book and the last chapter focus on how Christians can minister and spread the gospel in the Postmodern era. Given this, he is amazingly neutral throughout the chapters between the first and the last. Essentially, if you are a Christian who is interested in spreading the gospel, you will find the entire book useful. If not, the middle chapters will be more interesting than the first and last.
Nonetheless, Grenz's writing is phenomenal. If you want to know what Postmodernism is all about, this is the book for you.
A final note: Grenz recommends that those completely unfamiliar with Postmodernism read the first chapter, then the last chapter, then go back to chapter 2 and read straight through from there. I would disagree extremely strongly. Just read the book from cover to cover, you will understand everything fine.
 
Good intro to postmodernism  Nov 3, 2006
This book is a great introduction to a subject that can be hard to understand - postmodernism. Grenz writes from a Christian perspective as he highlights key points and the thinkers who paved the way for this emerging view of life.

Toward the end of the book Grenz contemplates some similarities between the Christian faith and postmodernism. I recommend it.
 
Nice intro  Sep 8, 2006
I feel this is one of the better introductions to Postmodernism. It is a little clearer than say "Teach Yourself Postmodernism", which is also a very good introduction. If you want to understand the Postmodern idea, get both these books, they compliment each other very well IMHO.
 

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