Postmodernizing the Faith: Evangelical Responses to the Challenge of Postmodernism

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Postmodernism, with its denial of objective knowledge and deconstruction of language, has become a major topic of discussion in academic circles everywhere. How are evangelical thinkers responding to this new trend?

In Postmodernizing the Faith, respected theologian Millard Erickson explores six evangelical responses—both positive and negative—to postmodernism and offers his own reaction to the movement. Erickson's purpose is "to introduce ...

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Overview

Postmodernism, with its denial of objective knowledge and deconstruction of language, has become a major topic of discussion in academic circles everywhere. How are evangelical thinkers responding to this new trend?

In Postmodernizing the Faith, respected theologian Millard Erickson explores six evangelical responses—both positive and negative—to postmodernism and offers his own reaction to the movement. Erickson's purpose is "to introduce readers to postmodernism, to sensitize them to the importance of the issues, and to show them some samples of differing evangelical responses."

Following an introductory chapter describing postmodernism, Erickson presents the responses of three evangelicals who consider the movement incompatible with orthodox Christianity. Next he details the thought of three evangelicals who believe "postmodernism is a development that needs to be accepted, and Christian theology done in light of it, and incorporating at least some of it." In each chapter Erickson offers a judicious critique, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of the particular view being discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801021640
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Millard J. Erickson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University's Truett Seminary and at Western Seminary, Portland. He is a leading evangelical spokesman with numerous volumes to his credit, including Christian Theology, God in Three Persons, The Word Became Flesh, The Evangelical Left, and Where Is Theology Going?
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Pt. 1 Introduction
1 The Challenge of Postmodernism 13
Pt. 2 Negative Responses to Postmodernism
2 Just Say "No"! 23
3 Back to the Future 43
4 Escape to Reason 63
Pt. 3 Positive Responses to Postmodernism
5 To Boldly Go Where No Evangelical Has Gone Before 83
6 Theology Is Stranger Than It Used to Be 103
7 De/con/structive Evangelicalism 127
Pt. 4 Conclusion
8 Postmodern Apologetics: Can Deconstructed Horses Even Be Led to Water? 151
Index 159
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