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Apologetic cartography in a postmodern world does anyone have a compass

“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

2004: Longing for hair

1970: KEG

2004: EKG

1970: Growing pot

2004: Growing pot belly

1970: Hoping for a BMW

2004: Hoping for a ??

1970: Rolling Stones

2004: Kidney stones

1970: “Whatever”

2004: “Depends”


Apologetic cartography in a postmodern world does anyone have a compass1

“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]


Why are you here
Why are You Here?

Modernism

Postmodernism

Deconstructionism

Foundationalism

Anti-foundationalism


What do you prefer
What do you Prefer?

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Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World: Does Anyone Have a Compass?


Robert greer mapping postmodernism a survey of christian options 2003
Robert Greer,Mapping Postmodernism: A Survey of Christian Options(2003)


Leonard sweet aqua church 1999
Leonard Sweet,Aqua Church(1999)

Part One:“The Traps of Maps”


Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World


The church s mission

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The Church’s Mission

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The church s mission1

The Church’s Mission

Christians ?

Destination ?

Truth ?

You are here.


The church s mission2
The Church’sMission

  • “the pillar and the support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15)

  • “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15)

  • Jesus: “the way, the truth, & the life” (Jn. 14:6)


Session Overview

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.



Cultural”Postmodernism

Vs.“Philosophical”Postmodernism


A changing culture

A Changing Culture

Pre-Modern

Modern

Post-Modern

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today


A pre modern culture

A “Pre-Modern” Culture

  • Manual economy

  • Little diversity or social change

  • Religious/Social Authority

  • Pre-scientific

Pre-Modern

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today


A modern culture

A “Modern” Culture

Pre-Modern

  • Industrial & machine

  • Western

  • Consensus & Conformity

  • Word-based & Linear

Modern

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today


A postmodern culture

Pre-Modern

Modern

A “Postmodern” Culture

Post-Modern

  • Service

  • Electronic/Digital

  • Global (Non-Western)

  • Diversity

  • Image-based & Random

  • Industrial

  • Machine

  • Western

  • Consensus & Conformity

  • Word-based & Linear

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today


Cultural”Postmodernism

Vs.“Philosophical”Postmodernism


Cultural vs philosophical postmodernism

Cultural vs. PhilosophicalPostmodernism

Pre-Modernism

Modernism

“Cultural” Post-Modernism

“Philosophical”

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today

Just because we live in a “Postmodern” world does NOT mean that we are (or should be) “Postmodernists.”


Philosophical umpires

Philosophical Umpires

“There are strikes and there are balls, and I call ’em as they are.”

Pre-Modern

“I call ’em the way I see ’em.””

Modern

“They ain’t nothin’ ’til I call ’em.”.”

Post-Modern

Walter Truett Anderson, Reality Isn’t What It Used to Be.


Philosophical contrasts

Pre-Modern

Modern

Philosophical Contrasts

Post-Modern

  • Everybody has a truth

  • Can’t know THE truth

  • Whatever works

  • No single foundation

  • Subjective / Community

  • Absolute Truth

  • Can discover Truth

  • Reason & Science

  • Certain Foundation

  • Total Objectivity

17th Century

18th Century

1960s

Today





The Contributions of “Cultural”Postmodernismto the Church


Chuck SmithThe End of the World … As We Know It:Clear Direction for Bold and InnovativeMinistry in a Postmodern World(2001)


Robert webber ancient future faith rethinking evangelicalism for a postmodern world 1999
Robert Webber,Ancient-Future Faith:Rethinking Evangelicalism for aPostmodern World(1999)


D a carson ed telling the truth evangelizing postmoderns 2000
D.A. Carson, ed.Telling the Truth:Evangelizing Postmoderns(2000)


100

90

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“Unchurched” AdultsBarna Research Group

1991

Today

Only 15%increaseinAdultpopulation

92%increaseinUnchurched

39Mil.

75Mil.


Cultural postmodernism and the church

Worship ?

Teaching methods ?

Leadership ?

Diversity ?

Creativity ?

Relationships ?

Architecture ?

Pop Culture ?

Evangelism ?

Music ?

Prayer ?

Experience ?

Women Leaders ?

Image Oriented ?

Technology ?

Apologetics ?

“Cultural” Postmodernismand the Church



The contributions of philosophical postmodernism to the church
The Contributions of “Philosophical”Postmodernismto the Church


Over reliance of the church on modernism

Modernism

Individualism

Rationalism

Factualism

Objectivism

Church

“We alone have it.”

“We can explain it all.”

“Just the facts.”

“Interpret it right.”

Over-Reliance of the Church on Modernism


Insights of philosophical postmodernism for our faith
Insights of Philosophical Postmodernism for Our Faith

  • Not all ‘rational’

  • Not just ‘facts’

  • Not simplistically ‘proven’

  • Not exhausted in a ‘book’

  • Not without community bias


Curtis eldredge
Curtis & Eldredge

“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).



Destructive postmodernism
“Destructive” Postmodernism

  • No absolute truth

  • “Truth” is just what the community says it is.

  • No universal Reason

  • No knowledge of the “real” world

  • No moral absolutes


Millard Erickson,Postmodernizingthe Faith:Evangelical Responses to the Challenge of Postmodernism(1998)


Millard erickson truth or consequences the promise perils of postmodernism 2001
Millard Erickson,Truth or Consequences: The Promise & Perilsof Postmodernism(2001)


Douglas groothuis truth decay defending christianity against the challenges of postmodernism 2000
Douglas Groothuis,Truth Decay:Defending ChristianityAgainst the Challenges of Postmodernism(2000)


Stanley fish
Stanley Fish

[deconstruction] “… relieves me of the obligation to be right … and demands only that I be interesting.”


Potential dangers for the church
PotentialDangers for the Church

  • Renouncing Truth for Trust

  • Relinquishing Reason for Relevance

  • Rejecting Logic for Love


Alister mcgrath
Alister McGrath

“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).


Douglas groothuis
Douglas Groothuis

“Our operative term ought to be engagement, not relevance” (Truth Decay, 163-164).


William lane craig reasonable faith 1994
William Lane Craig,Reasonable Faith:(1994)


Thom rainer surprising insights from the unchurched 2001
Thom Rainer,Surprising Insights from the Unchurched(2001)


Changing culture and the biblical church

Biblical

Rational

Empirical

Propositional

Postmodernism

Relational

Experiential

Personal

Changing 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.”



Christian reflections on our postmodern world
Christian Reflections on our Map & CompassPostmodern World

  • We desparately need a map and a compass.

  • God has provided an adequate map & compass.

  • We shouldn’t exaggerate the precision of our interpretation of the map and compass.


What we need

Map & Compass

What We Need

Locate where you are.

Identify where you need to go.

Have adequate guidance on how to get there.

You are here.


The temptations
The Temptations Map & Compass

  • Reflect Postmodernism

  • Retreat to Pre-Modernism

  • Retrench into Modernism


Constructive christian postmodernism
Constructive Christian Postmodernism Map & Compass

Post-Modernism

Modernism


Constructive christian postmodernism1

The church today must avoid the arrogant overconfidence of rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.

Constructive Christian Postmodernism

Modernism

Post-Modernism


Gps ground positioning system
GPS rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.(Ground Positioning System)


Triangulation

“Triangulation” rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.


Spiritual triangulation

“Spiritual Triangulation” rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.

Word

Father

Spirit


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


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“Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World: rationalistic Modernism, and it must refuse the impotence of relativistic Postmodernism.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]


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