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Truth is Stranger Than it Used to be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (Gospel & culture) [Paperback]

Brian Walsh , Richard Middleton
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23 Nov 1995 Gospel & culture
This title reflects upon truth and reality within a postmodern context. It addresses how the gospel of Jesus addresses postmodernism's questions and aims to identify answers for Christians.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; First Edition edition (23 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281049386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281049387
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is truth? 9 Feb 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
To a certain extent, the title says it all. The truth is stranger than it used to be. Who would have ever guessed that there would be a book that takes both the postmodern intellectual paradigm and the evangelical sense of the Bible seriously? And yet, here it is. Perhaps this is a testament to both the resilency of the Bible in the face of even the most monumental of paradigm shifts in cultural and intellectual history, as well as an admission on the other hand that postmodernity is 'here to stay', and the differing intellectual pieces that make up postmodernism must be addressed, not ignored.
Authors Middleton and Walsh ask in the first chapter four key questions, that they put in context of the controversy over honouring the discovery of Columbus in 1992. Whereas in the not-too-distant America, the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the New World would have been heralded as an historical success, in the growing postmodernity sensibility, the varying interpretations of Columbus (the destruction of Native America, the original intention of colonialism and resource exploitation, the fact that others had in fact 'discovered' America first, etc.) made sure than no particular view held sway. This was new -- we no longer knew who we were. Who are we? Where are we? What's wrong? What's the remedy? These are the key questions, and in typical postmodern fashion, they are deceptively simple in construction, and nearly impossible to answer completely.
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