At its root level, postmodernity is a reaction to the era of modernity in Western culture. The modern era is generally described as a cooperation with rationalism and enlightenment. In plainspeak, this means that society lifted up prove-able and quantifiable data. Also, society began to believe in the power of humanity, instead of a divine being that created and controlled the world. This was mainly due to philosophic developments that influenced the greater arena of culture.
One of my favorite quotes regarding the issue of modernity comes from Robert Jenson was mentioned in my previous post of Pop Culture and Eschatology. This is part of a greater article relaying how our world is now coming to the realization that it has no narrative of its own. We are bankrupt and have no story line.
Many Christians are weary of the idea of postmodernity and there are a great deal of confusions regarding the theory. There are no “postmoderns” in relation to people, or a “postmodern generation”. This is a societal shift in reaction to the Enlightenment and Rationalism, not a clique or particular type of people. While the last 20 years of engagement with postmodernity have been among Scholars and people that read philosophy and theology, we are starting to see true societal integration.
The most postmodern person I know is a 14 year old male from Eastern Kentucky. I say this not because of his intelligence, or his ability to think in a non-linear manner....but because of the many conversations I have had with him regarding good and evil.Like many of his friends, he is his own plumbline of truth. What is best for him is good, and what is bad for his most immediate situation is evil. He doesn’t believe that he is a part of anything larger than meeting the needs that are right in front of him.
Friends, this is postmodernity.
Absolute Truth and Postmodernity
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be