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Meltdown: Making Sense of a Culture in Crisis [Paperback]

By Marcus Honeysett (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.96" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825427800  
EAN  9780825427800  

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This engaging, understandable book works through the philosophical underpinnings of our culture in a case-study format, and provides clear thinking for Christians combatting its challenges. It brings the otherwise abstract ideas of postmodernity into practical, everyday situations and offers a solid basis on which Christians can make informed, biblical decisions.

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Our fast-changing culture is a haven for a vast array of beliefs and theories, opinions and lifestyle choices. Common to all this diversity, argues Marcus Honeysett, is a rejection of the received wisdom about who we are and what kind of world we live in--wisdom revealed through God's Word. Our culture is in a state of meltdown because we have disposed of truth in order to live without God.

This engaging, understandable book works through the philosophical underpinnings of our culture in a case-study format, and provides clear thinking for Christians combatting its challenges. It brings the otherwise abstract ideas of postmodernity into practical, everyday situations and offers a solid basis on which Christians can make informed, biblical decisions.

"This book stands out . . . Marcus Honeysett presents his case with straightforward resolve and plain speech." --D. A. Carson, author of" The Gagging of God" Written with depth, breadth, and extraordinary readabilityEach chapter includes thought-provoking questions for group discussionWorks each real-life situation through a grid of theory and practice

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Excellent discussion starter but poorly documented  Feb 11, 2007
Honeysett's book provides a good background in understanding the theories and ideas of five thinkers almost every college student is likely to confront. I use the word "confront" advisedly, because, for many of these students, the views summarized here will directly challenge the belief systems and values they have grown up with.

The first section of the book covers the views of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Walter Benjamin, Judith Butler, and Jean Baudrillard, while the second section discusses how Christians can address and challenge some of these views as they become more and more prevalent in our culture.

Honeysett has structured the text with discussion questions, appendices of terms and resources, so its format would work well for using the book with small groups of high school or community college students. Parents of these same students might benefit from a similar study, to be more aware of the challenges to faith that their kids are facing on campus.

I have given the book only three stars because there are only ten footnotes in the entire text. Honeysett states that "unfortunately for copyright reasons it isn't possible to include the essays discussed in this guide," but more specific references to support his summary statements should be included in discussing matters as weighty as these.
Superb primer on postmodernity and postmodernism  Nov 8, 2005

Marcus Honeysett has written an engaging and important primer on postmodernism, a subject that typically resists lucid introductions. While other books by evangelicals put postmodernist thought into historical and intellectual context, they often lack the requisite apologetic critique so evident in "Meltdown." Yet a successful Christian apologetic requires the refutation of the postmodernist denial of objective truth and normative rationality. This is because apologetics must appeal to rational arguments to defend the objective truth revealed in the Bible. Without objective truth (or what Francis Schaeffer called "true truth") and rationality, apologetics has no tools with which to work.

"Meltdown" is an extraordinary book for at least two reasons. First, the author's assessment of postmodernism (the philosophy) and postmodernity (the set of contemporary cultural conditions in the West) is dead-on. Unlike not a few evangelical authors, Honeysett discerns that postmodernism is not our great liberation from modernist metanarratives. Rather it is a truth-denying, authority-denying philosophy set against the truths authoritatively revealed in Holy Scripture and in Jesus Christ. Instead of fruitfully opening people to all kinds of spirituality (Christianity included), postmodernity discourages rational discourse, is hostile to Christian truth-claims, and encourages relativism and philosophical pluralism. Against the flow of many evangelical trendsetters, Honeysett has not made his peace with postmodernism-and for this we should be grateful.

Second, Honeysett states his case in an understandable but intellectually responsible and deeply challenging fashion. This combination of being both accessible and accurate on challenging topics is indeed rare. (He also exhorts when needed, which is refreshing in a book not lacking in academic substance.) This is no simple task when dealing with such daunting themes and authors as complex (and often opaque) as Derrida, Baudrillard, Foucault, and Butler. Honeysett navigates the conceptual terrain deftly, summarizing difficult material without over-simplifying, analyzing it logically (often exposing internal contradictions in postmodernist theory), and assessing it biblically. He shows a knack for discerning just where postmodern thought collides with Christian truth, why this matters (and not just to academics), and what we should think about it.

It is encouraging that postmodernism is vigorously opposed by a number of Christians, especially among those leading the renaissance in Christian philosophical work in the analytic tradition-a tradition that is antithetical to the continental waters in which postmodernism was spawned. Yet too many evangelical theologians have been accommodating to postmodernism in significant ways.

Honeysett's treatment of Jean Baudrillard (who is something like an updated French nihilistic version of Marshall McLuhan) is, to my knowledge, the only Christian critique of this important thinker who challenges the very notion of objective reality in our media-saturated environment. Baudrillard has recently emitted some egregious statements about the twin towers of the World Trade Center committing suicide on September 11, 2001, which some have taken as grounds for dismissing him without reflection or critique. But despite his penchant for flamboyance and his tortuous prose, Baudrillard is a thinker with which to reckon.

Honeysett also keenly assesses key aspects of postmodern culture, which is every bit as important to understand as postmodernist philosophies. Few may read the philosophers, but all imbibe the culture. First, Honeysett investigates the postmodern ethos of the university culture-something he knows well as a thoughtful campus minister-and shows how to respond to it with integrity and intellect. I especially appreciated this advice in light of my twelve years of involvement in campus ministry. Sadly, evangelical campus ministries often fail to engage the intellects of students, leaving them prey to "arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God" (2 Corinthians 10:5). This must change if Christianity is to win a fair hearing on intellectual matters.

Second, in discussing "postmodern Bible reading," Honeysett rightly argues that too many Christians have swallowed a postmodernist rejection of all objective authority, which has corrupted their understanding of the Bible as God's authoritative revelation of objective truth. The answer is to return to Scripture as the ultimate source for truth; it should not be deemed a subjective, self-help tool. This cannot be underscored too strongly. A popular and contemporary evangelical writer claims that a strong view of biblical authority is merely a modernist invention that postmodernist Christians should throw off as an aberration. This leaves the Christian in the postmodern ocean with neither an anchor nor a rudder for navigating the intellectual storms of the day. The question of biblical authority is a crucial issue at all times. Postmodernism has not rendered it a moot point.

Third, Honeysett notes that postmodern ideas have similarly undermined a biblical understanding of the church, which is too often viewed as more of a consumer item than as an institution founded by the divine Son of God for his glory (Matthew 16:13-19). Since American evangelicals are notoriously weak on ecclesiology (given their proclivity for individualism, innovation, and parachurch entrepreneurialism), this reminder comes as a needed tonic.

Fourth, Honeysett forthrightly attacks postmodern influence in culture as "immoral," because it rejects God and fills the void with the autonomous self and its God-denying principles. Although he does not quote him, Pascal's warning fits the spirit of Honeysett's critique. "When everything is moving at once, nothing appears to be moving, as on board ship. When everyone is moving toward depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point"

Fifth, Honeysett observes that a leading engine of the postmodernist rejection of truth and authority is television, in both its nature and its content. Christians should, therefore, engage it critically and carefully and not be swept away with its unreality (as Baudrillard warns). Honeysett is one of the few evangelicals who understands that communication media are not neutral, but invariably shape their content according to their form. As McLuhan said, "The medium is the message." As long as evangelicals have their minds shaped by the medium of television (which favors the graphic over the textual and the titillating over the edifying), they will remain intellectually enfeebled and unable to discern and disarm the deceptions of postmodernism.

Honeysett concludes this rousing and thoughtful primer by emphasizing the need to proclaim the "authentic Jesus" in a postmodern world of pluralism, syncretism, and outright hostility to the gospel. The authentic Jesus must be presented to the watching world in terms of a fully biblical and philosophically defensible concept of truth, a concept that cuts against the grain of postmodernism. While so many evangelicals scavenge for food among postmodernist philosophies, the worldview outside of Christianity that is gaining the most adherents has no truck with postmodernism whatsoever. It wins converts and promotes a view of civilization based on the concept of authoritative, universal, absolute, and objective truth. That worldview is Islam.

My hope is that Meltdown will be read and discussed by high school seniors in preparation for college, Christian university students and campus ministers, and by anyone who wants to make sense of the postmodern world and speak to it in the name of Jesus Christ, who is nothing less than the Truth Incarnate and the only hope for erring mortals east of Eden (John 14:6).


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