“Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World: Does Anyone Have a Compass?. Rich Knopp, Ph.D. Director, WorldViewEyes Prof. of Philosophy & Apologetics Lincoln Christian College & Seminary www.worldvieweyes.org E-Mail: [email protected] 34 Years’ Difference. 1970: Long hair
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Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World: Does Anyone Have a Compass?
Part One:“The Traps of Maps”
Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World
?The Church’s Mission
You are here.
The Condition of our ‘Postmodern’ World.
The Constructive Contributions of PM for the Church.
The Destructive Capabilities of PM for the Church.
The Restrictive but Adequate Nature of the Church’s Map and Compass.
Just because we live in a “Postmodern” world does NOT mean that we are (or should be) “Postmodernists.”
“There are strikes and there are balls, and I call ’em as they are.”
“I call ’em the way I see ’em.””
“They ain’t nothin’ ’til I call ’em.”.”
Walter Truett Anderson, Reality Isn’t What It Used to Be.
The Contributions of “Cultural”Postmodernismto the Church
“Unchurched” AdultsBarna Research Group
Teaching methods ?
Pop Culture ?
Women Leaders ?
Image Oriented ?
Apologetics ?“Cultural” Postmodernismand the Church
“We alone have it.”
“We can explain it all.”
“Just the facts.”
“Interpret it right.”Over-Reliance of the Church on Modernism
“We have lived so long with a ‘propositional’ approach to Christianity, we have nearly lost its true meaning…. Our rationalistic approach to life … is barely more than mere fact-telling. Modern evangelicalism reads like an IRS 1040 form: it’s true, all the data is there, but it doesn’t take your breath away” (The Sacred Romance, pp. 44-45).
[deconstruction] “… relieves me of the obligation to be right … and demands only that I be interesting.”
“We … need to realize that it is now bad tactics to major on the truth question. If we’re going to get a hearing in today’s culture, we need to be able to show that Christianity has something relevant and attractive to offer” (Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity, p. 103).
“Our operative term ought to be engagement, not relevance” (Truth Decay, 163-164).
PersonalChanging Culture andthe Biblical Church
“If you are accentuating community and creatively cultivating relationships of trust; if you are pursuing love as your final apologetic, passionately pursue these under the banner of the Bible and the cross of Christ, not under the pretext of Postmodernism.”
Map & CompassWhat We Need
Locate where you are.
Identify where you need to go.
Have adequate guidance on how to get there.
You are here.
The church today must avoid the arrogant overconfidence of rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.Constructive Christian Postmodernism
Christian Cartography rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.
The Condition of our ‘Postmodern’ World
The Constructive Contributions of Postmodernism for the Church
The Destructive Capabilities of Postmodernism for the Church
The Restricted but Adequate Nature of the Church’s Map and Compass
Rich Knopp, Ph.D.
Prof. of Philosophy & Apologetics
Lincoln Christian College & Seminary
E-Mail: [email protected]