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Mapping Postmodernism: A Survey of Christian Options [Paperback]

By Robert C. Greer (Author)
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Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 11, 2003
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830827331  
EAN  9780830827336  


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By now we've all heard of the word postmodernism. But what is it? Can it be defined? Does it really represent a monumental shift away from how we used to think about right and wrong, truth, the world, and even the whole cosmos? Most important, how should Christians respond?

Robert Greer helps us grasp the nature of the shifts in thinking and believing that are taking place. More important, he helps us navigate the complex debate among Christians as to how best to respond to these new challenges.

Astutely he maps four different ways Christian thinkers have recommended we respond. These alternatives are represented by four theologians: Francis Schaeffer, Karl Barth, John Hick, and George Lindbeck.

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By now we've all heard the word postmodernism. But what is it? Can it be defined? Does it really represent a monumental shift away from how we use to think about right and wrong, truth, the world, and even the whole cosmos? Most important, how should Christians respond? Robert C. Greer helps us grasp the nature of the shifts in thinking and believing that are taking place in our world. More important, he helps us navigate the complex debate among Christians as to how best to respond to these new challenges. Astutely he maps four different ways Christian thinkers have recommended we respond. These alternatives are represented by four theologians: Francis Schaeffer, Karl Barth, John Hick and George Lindbeck. Greer warns that being merely for or against postmodernism is inadequate. He guides us across the terrain of alternatives along a path that leads neither back to the land of modernism nor to the wild frontiers of postmodernist relativism. Acknowledging the relative strengths and weaknesses of these options, Greer turns us to a thoroughly Christian theology that points beyond them to the true Subject who makes knowledge possible through the language of revelation and relationship with God. This book is an illuminating map for all those who feel lost in the maze of conflicting analyses of postmodernism and are looking for a faithful way forward .

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Find another map.  Jul 3, 2006
That anyone would mistake Greer's pseudo-philosophical rants for either an intelligent or thorough treatment of the subject is a testament to the pitiable state of Christian scholarship on the supposed "postmodern" turn in modern culture. Greer oversimplifies and misconstrues every complex philosophical term he touches, reading Derrida's "play of the trace" as a synonym for nihilism and spends a chapter "refuting" his views without ever providing evidence of having read (much less understood) him (no citations of Derrida's works are given).

If you are looking for a shallow, irresponsible treatment of the postmodern condition that restates evangelical fundamentalism with big fancy words, Mapping Postmodernism should be right up your alley. Those looking for an intelligent treatment of the subject, however, would be wise to find another map.
 
Relativism disguised as Christian thought  Sep 6, 2004
It is unfortunate that such pseudo-philosophical and pseudo-intellectual drivel gets passed off as either Christian or thinking. Greer's book is riddled with drastic oversimplification of complex philosophical and historical questions, with blatant misrepresentations, and self-defeating denials of the possibility of absolute truth and a-cultural or a-historical observation. Don't people like Greer ever stop to consider that their conclusions apply to their own claims? If it is "impossible to divest oneself of one's culture and historical moment," as Greer asserts (p. 37), then this impossibility extends to Greer himself. Consequently, his claim is merely an expression of his culture and historical moment. Therefore, his claim is not absolutely true. And, if this claim is not absolutely true, then it is not absolutely true that it is impossible to divest oneself of one's culture and historical moment. Don't people like Greer ever stop to think that they are doing the very thing they claim can't be done? Doesn't Greer realize that he is purporting to make a trans-cultural, a-historical claim about all claims? If Greer's book is a mapping of postmodernism, he seems to have followed the map to the point of imbibing postmodern relativism. If anyone is interested in mapping postmodernism, my recommendation is that you should locate a different map.
 

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