Postmodernism: What We Are Up Against

Jacques Derrida: Father of Desconstructionism

(Picture: Jacques Derrida, Father of Deconstructionism)

While reading Matthew Barrett’s God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture, I came across this description of the Postmodern worldview. This is why I believe that it is indispensable that believers who hold to the doctrine of the inerrancy, infallibility, and authority of the Bible strive to understand and are able to articulate the aforementioned doctrine to a pluralistic world in need of the truth. Will we be maligned, marginalized, accused of bigotry, and cast of as intolerant? More than likely. But who ever said that followers of Christ were going to elevated, respected, or accepted in this world? (1 Peter 4:12-19)

To claim to know the truth, or to possess the only truth, is the deadliest, most arrogant sin in the postmodern universe. In regard to religion, such epistemological relativism leads to religious pluralism in which every religious text is equally as true as any other, regardless of how incompatible they may be with one another. Such pluralism lends itself to a relativistic pragmatism. As the popular expressions go, “what is right for us might not be right for you,” and “What is wrong in our context might in your context be acceptable or even preferable.” (pg. 132)

 

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