Next Reformation, The: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity

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Can evangelical Christianity be postmodern? In The Next Reformation, Carl Raschke describes the impact of postmodernism on evangelical thought and argues that the two ideologies are not mutually exclusive. Instead, Christians must learn to worship and minister within the framework of postmodernism or risk becoming irrelevant. In this significant and timely discussion, Raschke demonstrates how to reconcile postmodernism with Christian faith.

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Overview

Can evangelical Christianity be postmodern? In The Next Reformation, Carl Raschke describes the impact of postmodernism on evangelical thought and argues that the two ideologies are not mutually exclusive. Instead, Christians must learn to worship and minister within the framework of postmodernism or risk becoming irrelevant. In this significant and timely discussion, Raschke demonstrates how to reconcile postmodernism with Christian faith.

This book will appeal to readers interested in the relationship between postmodernism and Christian faith as well as church leaders and pastors wrestling with the practical implications of cultural changes for worship and ministry.

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What would happen if Christians embraced postmodernism instead of resisted it? Could it lead to a veritable revival or revolution? According to Raschke (religious studies, Univ. of Denver), the answer is a resounding yes. In this hip and challenging book for the Christian community, especially for believers interested in apologetics, he aims to "evangelize the evangelicals," arguing that truth is not necessarily propositional but instead personal and relational. Postmodernism, Raschke continues, has unfairly served as the scapegoat or nemesis of evangelical Christianity, and the two systems have been viewed as incompatible and antithetical. However, he maintains that it is possible to be both an evangelical and a postmodernist. Whereas many Christians have demonized and written tirades against postmodernism, Raschke exudes an embracing and accepting spirit toward it. In addition to tracing the historical and philosophical roots of postmodernism, Raschke argues that Cartesian rationalism and British evidentialism deleteriously affected the spirit of the Reformation. Those whose faith is primarily cerebral won't be comfortable reading this work because it dares to question foundational assumptions about the relationship between faith and reason. But regardless of whether one agrees with his premises and conclusions, Raschke emerges an engaging, insightful, and lucid author. Recommended for all libraries.-C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027512
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,528,862
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Raschke (Ph.D., Harvard University) is professor and chair of the department of religious studies at the University of Denver. He is senior editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles. Raschke is also an adjunct faculty member at Mars Hill Graduate School (Seattle) and has been actively involved in recent years with various emergent church networks and postmodern ministry initiatives around the country.
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Table of Contents

1 Postmodernism and the crisis of evangelical thought 11
2 The new French revolution : Derrida and the origins of postmodernism 35
3 The religious left bank : origins of religious postmodernism 69
4 Sola Fide : beyond worldviews 99
5 Sola Scriptura : beyond inerrancy 115
6 The priesthood of all worshippers : from hierarchy to relationality 145
7 Thoroughly postmodern ministry : postmodern revivalism 159
8 Dancing with the Lord : charismatic renewal and the deconstruction of worship 179
9 The end of theology : the next reformation 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Genius

    Raschke is a genius!!! Everyone must read this book.

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