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Solomon among the Postmoderns [Paperback]

By Peter J. Leithart (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  1587432048  
EAN  9781587432040  


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Solomon's words from a famous passage of Ecclesiastes have been translated, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." But in Solomon among the Postmoderns, author Peter Leithart says those words are better translated as "Vapor of vapors, all is vapor," emphasizing that human life is fleeting. Leithart uses this theme, as well as the entire book of Ecclesiastes, to indicate how Solomon resonated with postmodernism. Exploring the strengths and limits of postmodernism, he displays how the theory reflects an important biblical theme: the elusiveness and instability of the world. But he goes on to show that biblical faith takes us beyond cynicism and despair, exploring Solomon's frequent call to "eat, drink, and rejoice." A skilled theologian and widely published author, Leithart writes for audiences including professors and students of philosophy, apologetics, biblical studies, and theology, as well as laypeople seeking a biblical view of postmodernism. Those familiar and unfamiliar with postmodernism will learn from the book's forthright exegetical approach, which is unique among the many books about postmodernism available today.

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In Ecclesiastes, Solomon states that "all is vapor" and describes humans as trying to "shepherd the wind." In "Solomon among the Postmoderns," author Peter J. Leithart uses these claims, as well as the entire book of Ecclesiastes, to show how Solomon resonated with postmodernism.
Exploring the strengths and weaknesses of postmodernism, Leithart shows how the theory reflects an important biblical theme: the elusiveness and instability of the world. But he goes on to show that biblical faith takes us beyond cynicism and despair. "Solomon among the Postmoderns" will appeal to academics and laypeople alike seeking a biblical view of postmodernism.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter J. Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Peter J. Leithart has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  2. Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality
  3. Theopolitical Visions


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Corrected my misunderstandings  Mar 21, 2008
This book was a helpful summary of and response to the phenomenon known as "postmodernism." In short, postmodernity is that phenomenon that follows the arrogance of modernity and posits limitations to human knowledge and politics.

However, postmodernity has suffered from naive supporters and savage critics. I had my own misunderstandings. I thought postmodernists were those people with dark eye-liner, low-brow culture, readers of Nietzsche and those who sit around all day watching *Fight Club.* Leithart convinced me I was wrong.

The strengths of the book:
Leithart, following Kevin Vanhoozer, sympathetically interacts and appreciates some of the good things that postmodernity has to offer. Postmodernity can celebrate the death of modernity (but so can conservative foundationalists) but postmodernity doesn't share the same modern presuppositions that many of modernity's critics share.

Leithart gave a good critique of democracy. Democracy celebrates religious freedom to the degree that a religion supports the statist status quo. Whenever that religion begins to proclaim another king, one Jesus, then they will be marginalized and persecuted.

Leithart gave a good critique of postmodernism's non-eschatology. Postmodernism can't even claim the honor of being a noble tragedy. A tragedy implies a climactic ending. Postmodernism denies precisely that. It forces its adherents to hope for eternal anti-climax (Foucalt's thoughts on the matter).

Leithart correctly translates the Hebrew word *hebel* as vapor, not vanity.

Weaknesses:
This is not Leithart's best piece of writing, stylistically. I gave him 4 stars because he is capable of outstanding, breathtaking writing. This book was quite good, but not his best.

That being said, I definitely recommend it and would encourage the reader on to Leithart's other work *Deep Comedy,* particularly the chapter "Supplement at Origin."
 

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