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Next Reformation, The: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity
     

Next Reformation, The: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity

by Carl Raschke
 

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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,

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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.

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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801027512
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
240
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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