Theology and Postmodernity

Authored by: John R. Franke

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922

10.4324/9780203387856.ch65

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Abstract

The rise of postmodernity is one of the dominant social, cultural, and intellectual ideas of the last fifty years. Highly contested, it has significantly shaped the discourse of our time and has influenced every area of intellectual endeavor and inquiry. In fact, many interpreters would suggest that the social context of the Western world, along with large swaths of the rest of the planet, can be generally and felicitously labeled and described as postmodern. However, it is important to realize that, in spite of its significance, a precise understanding of postmodernity is notoriously difficult to pin down. Nevertheless, it has become almost a commonplace to refer to the contemporary cultural situation as postmodern. The lack of clarity about the term has been magnified by the vast array of interpreters who have attempted to comprehend and appropriate postmodern thought. Hence, the term has come to signify widely divergent hopes and concerns among those who are attempting to address the emerging cultural and intellectual shift it implies.

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