A quick blurb regarding apologetics and the post-mod generation. Here’s the link in Christianity Today that anyone interested in social, theological and/or political theory should read.
I have maintained for years that those who say that an objective defense of truth is obsolete are dead wrong. To abandon apologetics and, thereby, embrace the relational at the expense of the rational is simply a false dichotomy. This kind of pedagogical “cutting-of-the-baby-in-half” not only denies any objective measure of what is good or bad, right or wrong but it betrays an ignorance of the developmental needs of today’s multiplistic culture (See Perry, Chickering, Kohlberg, et al). Solomon reminds us of the obvious: a child dies when sawn asunder. But equally clear is the lesson of James - Faith severed from fact is for all intensive purposes likewise dead. To embrace postmodern epistemology, i.e. a weakened constructivist view of truth, is unmitigated hubris and perhaps nothing less than heresy. To embrace postmodern methodology, i.e. the use of narrative and stories, is simply smart. Christ did it himself time and again through his parables and his conversational style. He was attuned to the communication paradigms that worked best and he adjusted accordingly while at the same time holding boldly to objectivity because he knew that anything less was not his father’s will, words, or way.
Our kids need us to challenge them with the power of what’s real and true, right and just. They don’t need nor will they accept some watered down “generous orthodoxy” that really is nothing but a lie born of Man’s oxymoronic canonization of the relative. Graham Walker called it well: The Pathology of the Intellect.
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