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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

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

Baptist Bible Seminary December 2004

current major theological issues
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
the enlightenment 17 th to the middle of the 20 th century
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...
modernity enlightenment
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
modernity enlightenment5
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

the gospel and modernity reflection discussion
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!”
postmodernity early nineteen sixties to the present
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

multiculturalism pluralism
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...

crisis in america s worldview
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
impact of terrorism multiculturalism
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
the issues in the cultural crisis
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…
postmodernity
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...
the gospel and postmodernity reflection discussion
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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