Item description for Postmodern Times (Turning Point Christian Worldvie) by Gene Edward Veith Jr & Marvin Olasky...
Overview The cultural landscape is now made up of diverse "communities"--feminists, gays, neo-conservatists, African-Americans, pro-lifers--who seem to have no common frame of reference by which to communicate with each other. Veith offers Christians instructions as to how they can respond to these varied groups.
The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun.
Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significance, no more value than animal or plant life. All social relationships, all institutions, all moral values are expressions and masks of the primal will to power.
Alarmingly, these ideas have gripped the nation's universities, which turn out today's lawyers, judges, writers, journalists, teachers, and other culture-shapers. Through society's influences, postmodernist ideas have seeped into films, television, art, literature, politics; and, without his knowing it, into the head of the average person on the street.
Christ has called us to proclaim the gospel to a culture grappling with postmodernism. We must understand our times. Then, through the power that Christ gives, we can counter the prevailing culture and proclaim His sufficiency to our society's very points of need.
"While pundits wring their hands over the radicalism of political correctness, speech codes, and outrageous art, Gene Edward Veith takes unerring aim at the intellectual roots of it all. The most important book for anyone who wants to know what's behind the political correctness movement." --Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship
"An ideal guide for Christians who don't want to be like the notorious military strategist preparing to fight the last war instead of the next one." --Herbert Schlossberg, author, Idols for Destruction
"Pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern thought and points the way for Christians to take advantage of both." --E. Calvin Beisner, Covenant College
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 1994
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
Series Turning Point Christian Worldvie
ISBN 0891077685 ISBN13 9780891077688
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More About Gene Edward Veith Jr & Marvin Olasky
Gene Edward Veith (PhD, University of Kansas) serves as the provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College, where he also oversees both academic affairs and student affairs. He previously worked as the culture editor of World magazine. Veith and his wife, Jackquelyn, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
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A Good Overview Feb 29, 2008
This book is informative for someone (such as myself) who wishes to get a workable understanding of the pervasive cultural attitude of our times. The author explains characteristics of postmodernistic art, literature, media, etc., without going into great depth.
Postmodern Times is easy to read, and it certainly has increased my awareness of the current "zeitgeist".
The book that makes you say, "Ahhh! I get it!" May 7, 2007
Our culture today is basically an "anything goes," your-truth my-truth system. How are we as Christians to deal with the confusion and overload of information and media? This book explains how culture became the way it is today, as well as the pros and cons of society. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone, because it helps you realize how to filter through the media and relativism that saturates our lives every day. Seriously, this book is a must read, a book that will teach you how to perceive culture! It is so important not to be lost in the abyss level confusion! It's entertaining as well!
Good criticism of the Pstmodernism Dec 28, 2006
Great book from Evangelical perspective. This is a must read to understand and resist contemporary destructive pop culture. Society is heading in wrong direction. People have to read books like this one to see where and how postmodernism ruined and still ruining society. This is a great introduction and overview. Valuable book.
Great Schaefferesque Analysis of Culture Aug 11, 2006
This is the best and most incisive introduction to criticism on postmodernism I have come across. I won't go into his arguments as other reviewers already have, but I will point out a few detractors.
Veith is too kind to Humanism. He doesn't find postmodernism's "Anti-Humanism" itself a very perverted from of Humanism, which it very much is, for it is still man's arrogating autonomy for himself (to declare _anything_ about his own existence) without a real standard of behavior. By what standard is he the judge of his own existence and can this view himself in _any_ way other than the right way, that is the one instituted by the creator of reality itself? None. And Veith consistently fails to elucidate matters like these. If you don't understand what I mean, read the next detractor.
Another is Veith's belief in democracy, which follows his belief (or implicit condoning) of humanism. Democracy is also a physical manifestation of autonomy, one that denies the creator's sovereign control over all creation _as creator_, which He is. Veith allows man to construct law for himself as long as he follows God's transcendental absolutes, but Veith fails to see that these transcendental absolutes operate in every function of human life, especially in law & government!
For a better analysis of these and other issues, consult C. Van Til in _Defense of the Faith_ (among others) or R. J. Rushdoony in _By What Standard?_ (available from chalcedonstore.com).
But, enough of that. This is an _excellent_ book on postmodernism. Every graduating high school student should read this before even thinking about applying to a university. I sure wish I had!
Optimistic Outlook in Postmodern Times Jan 16, 2004
I learned from his interesting summaries and commentary on modern and postmodern thought, art, society, and religion. The author is optimistic on Christianity surviving and flourishing in postmodern times, after Christians fought their greatest battle of the 20th century and won against the oppressive Soviet puppet masters. In the conclusion, I was pleased to read the brief quotes from Solzhenitsyn's 1978 critique, delivered at Harvard, on the spiritual emptiness of Western culture civilization and how he implores Christians to begin a "spiritual blaze."