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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start!, 8 July 1999
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This review is from: Postmodernizing the Faith (Paperback)
"Postmodernism". Contemporary Christians, particularly those of us who move about in academic circles, are hearing this perplexing term ringing in our ears with increasing regularity. Yet, for many of us, a great deal of confusion still exists regarding the precise meaning of this word. Many of us are uncertain as to how we should respond to the intellectual challenges Postmodernism presents. In "Postmodernizing the Faith", Erickson endeavors to provide some clarity amidst this confusion. Following an introductory chapter in which Erickson briefly outlines the development and foundational tenets of Postmodernism, he proceeds by devoting the next six chapters to the purpose of surveying various "evangelical" responses to the epistemological challenges of postmodernism (i.e., the views of D. Wells, T. Oden, F. Schaeffer, S. Grenz, J. R. Middleton & B. J. Walsh, and B. K. Putt). In characteristic fashion, Erickson provides a fair and accurate summary of each theologian's views. At the conclusion of each chapter, he adds a critical evaluation of the arguments it introduces. Erickson must be commended for the constructive manner in which he goes about this; he seeks to illuminate not only the "negatives" that he finds in the thoughts of other scholars, but also the "positives" (though, clearly, he find this much easier to accomplish in some cases than others!). Erickson concludes his text with a brief section in which he provides some summarizing ruminations concerning all that has been stated previously. My only disappointment with this section of the book lies in the fact that Erickson does not at any length attempt to construct and articulate his own response to Postmodernism. Yet, this is not his intent in writing to begin with. I would highly recomment this book to anyone looking to become introduced to the issues and personalities involved in the evangelical community's discussion about the Postmodernism challenge. This is a fine summary, and a great place to start. Without a doubt, it will serve as an effective springboard for further study.
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Postmodernizing the Faith by Millard J Erickson (Paperback - 1 Jan 1998)
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