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Overview In Postmodern Christianity, John Riggs proposes that postmodernism and Christianity have much to offer each other. Each should take the other seriously, he writes, affirming the other's position but avoiding complete acceptance or rejection.
On the one hand, he argues, we should take seriously the postmodern challenge to the traditional view of God as omnipotent controller - one who directs the world to its predetermined end according to "his" divine purpose. On the other hand, there is merit in challenging the postmodern view that no universal claims can be made irrespective of context and that no particular claims can be made about what is good or true.
Riggs argues for a common ground between postmodernism and Christianity, focusing on how this applies to issues such as reproductive rights and the ordination of women, gay men, and lesbians. He suggests that Christianity avoid the extreme positions of either completely accommodating itself to or completely rejecting postmodern culture.
Publishers Description An exploration of the contributions theology can make today and of what its relationship should be with postmodernism, this book should provide a challenging text for theology courses. Positions taken have direct bearing on the role (or lack thereof) of religion in contemporary society. Riggs argues that Christianity and postmodernism should take one another seriously, but avoid complete acceptance or rejection. He calls for common ground that can be applied to hot button moral issues of the day.
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Studio: Trinity Press International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
Publisher Trinity Press International
ISBN 1563383640 ISBN13 9781563383649
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More About John W. Riggs
John W. Riggs is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
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A Good Little Book Dec 9, 2003
This is a good little book that adroitly links the development of Protestant theology, its "traveling companion" philosophy and contemporary develoments in postmodern philosophy and theology. It is as an accessible introduction to postmodernism and theology as I have seen. This book would be useful as a discussion text for an educated adult Sunday School class, who would find it useful, tough and rewarding. It is an excellent book for pastors who wonder what all this "postmodernism" stuff is all about and how it relates to them. It has a point of view---in defining the Enlightenment as the "Age of Reasoned Criticism" rather than the "Age of Reason", Riggs is able to link postmodernism not as the "post modern" but in David Ray Griffin's apt term, the "most modern." While this is a legitimate criticism of postmodern theorists, in the hands of process theologians like Riggs this opens the door for the argument that process theology is "really post-modern," an argument that only seems convincing to process theologians. Process thought is a totalizing schema and thus is inherently modernist and antithetical to postmodernism. That being said, "Postmodern Christianity" is a valuable book for pastors, interested and educated Christians and students.
A thoughtful analysis of the common ground Aug 7, 2003
An impressive body of work by John W. Riggs (Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri), Postmodern Christianity: Doing Theology In The Contemporary World offers the proposition that postmodernism and Christianity both have much to offer one another, and should scrutinize one another while avoiding complete acceptance or rejection. A thoughtful analysis of the common ground between philosophy and theology, Postmodern Christianity is a timely and welcome addition to Christian Theological Studies reference collections and personal reading lists.