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Living Under the Reign of God: Gospel, Church & Culture in a Postmodern Context. Baptist Bible Seminary December 2004. Current Major Theological Issues. The Openness of God New Covenant Theology The New Perspective of N. T. Wright Concerning Paul and Justification

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Living Under the Reign of God: Gospel, Church & Culture in a Postmodern Context

Baptist Bible Seminary December 2004


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Current Major Theological Issues

  • The Openness of God

  • New Covenant Theology

  • The New Perspective of N. T. Wright Concerning Paul and Justification

  • The Redemptive Movement Hermeneutic

  • Post Foundational Theology

  • The Emerging Church


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The Enlightenment: 17th to the Middle of the 20th Century

  • Immanence takes precedence over transcendence...

  • Light of reason dethroned the church as the source of authority…

  • Revolution in philosophy - Bacon, Descartes, Kant…

  • Revolution in science - Aristotle overturned, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton...


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Modernity/Enlightenment

1. Era of conquest and control

2. Age of the machine

3. Age of reason/analysis

4. Age of secular science – process and progress

  • Aspired for absolute of objectivity


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Modernity/Enlightenment

6.Age of critical evaluation

7. Modern nation-state organization

  • Age of individualism/autonomy

  • Age of Protestantism institutional religion

    10. Age of capitalism/consumerism


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The Gospel and ModernityReflection/Discussion

  • Identify the different ways that we have accommodated the Gospel to Modernity!

  • What forms were adopted in order to present theology & Gospel to Modernity?

  • What have we accomplished by means of this adaptation?

  • “The Church is In an Enlightenment Captivity and Needs a New Reformation!”


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Postmodernity Early Nineteen Sixties to the Present

1. Universe Not Self-Contained *

2. No Basis for Morality and Values

3. Progress Not Inevitable *

4. No Basis for Truth *

5. Language of Public Debate Lost *

6. Meaning of Written Texts Lost

7. Limited Autonomy/Process


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Multiculturalism - Pluralism

1. Diversity - Tower of Babel to the final rebellion under the lawless man...

2. Tolerance - aspect of common grace that renders community/society possible…

3. Postmodern - rejection of standards to make truth judgments about culture, religion, values...


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Crisis in America’s Worldview

  • The Death of Modernity – the death of the positive dynamic of the Enlightenment has been in process since the mid 1960ies

  • The Rise of Postmodernity – the impact of the new worldview taking over the soul of America

  • The Present Crisis of Terrorism & Moral Disintegration


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Impact of Terrorism & Multiculturalism

  • September 11 – optimism lost

  • War in Iraq – circa 1,271 dead

  • San Francisco – circa 4,000 same sex marriages

  • Debate in Massachusetts, New York, Oregon –same sex marriage

  • Mayor Daily of Chicago, Mayor Bloomberg of New York

  • Gay Episcopal Bishop


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The Issues in the Cultural Crisis

  • American culture has slipped both of its moorings: the Enlightenment and Christian Theism...

    2. The ship of culture is listing badly – it is foundering: it is time to bail…

  • The right wants to save the ship by adding more weight in legislation…

  • The left wants to add more rights and entitlements to the liberal multicultural democratic society…

  • The irony is both want a culture of choice…

  • The issue is no longer what kind of culture? It is rather culture is collapsing…


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Postmodernity

  • Multiculturalism - new agenda, social pragmatism...

  • Globalization - every culture has its story…no overarching story to bind all the cultural stories together…

  • Mass Media - agenda of the media elites…

  • University - ensconced at all levels...

  • Political Arena - agenda for education...


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The Gospel and PostmodernityReflection/Discussion

  • What are the dangers in accommodating the Gospel to postmodern culture?

  • What new opportunities do you see for the advance of the Gospel given the collapse of the Enlightenment?

  • What would seem to be the most useful disciplines of theology to address the Gospel to Postmodernity?


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Living Under the Reign of God: Gospel, Church & Culture in a Postmodern Context

The End Session One


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