A Primer on Postmodernism. Front Cover. Stanley J. Grenz. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jul 22, – pages. BOOK REVIEWS. Stanley J. Grenz, A Primer on Postmodernism. Grand Rapids,. Michigan/Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.,. , xii+ A Primer on Postmodernism has ratings and 61 reviews. Strp said: I hadn’t expected the Christian angle, especially not an evangelical one. Since this.

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The clues are there and it takes Sherlock Holmes to discover them and put them together. The restoration of the metanarrative does create an openness to hear the Gospel of a story within a story. They do this by writing in symbols and “deconstructed” language.

It is an awesome book at an awesome price. The middle parts of the book are a good introduction to philosophical ideas and people responsible for major shifts leading to postmodernism. Unfortunately, many of his good points are jumbled together with his awkward trenz of Star Trek as his primary example of post modernism Much too evangelical for a book chronicling an intellectual movement.

Grenz evaluates the thought of major postmodern theorists, such as Derrida, Foucault, and Rorty. Toward Renewal in Cultural and Literary Studies. There are times when the exploration of various thinkers gets tedious, but this has less to do with Grenz than it does the complexity of some philosophers and their thoughts. Selected pages Title Page. He asserts, and I agree with him, that this is not stanleu entirely bad thing.

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An explanation brenz post-modernism that I can somewhat understand! Postmodernism is the philosophy quickly replacing the Modernist mindset brought about by Enlightenment thinkers suc Second half of the book explains the more directly postmodernist Foucault, Derrida, and Rorty.

Foucault then accused language itself of bearing Nietzche’s will-to-power, particularly language concerning sexuality; Derrida deconstructed the correspondence theory of knowledge and suggested that meaning coheres only within the context of a sfanley vocabulary; Rorty affirms a coherence theory as well, denying there is a fundamental essence in anything.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Even so, postmodwrnism offers some of his views on a christian response to the phenomenon at the end. In the newer Star Trek sthere is ethnic diversity, a diversity of skills and stories, and a new emphasis on emotion. I don’t really get it when evangelical’s start talking about Jesus and God as being “God is man” and “man is God”. During the years of study in Colorado he served as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A Primer on Postmodernism. Pretty fair intro to postmodernism and its leading voices though a bit too embracing for me to agree with all of Grenz’s conslusions.

I had not realized how that book had fit into the overall scheme of things or how it related to post modernism. Even the author suggests reading the book this way in the foreword, if you want to avoid the philosophical terminology and concepts tha This is a good introduction to answering questions like “What’s the big deal about postmodernism? He thinks that history—understood as the disinterested quest for knowledge of the past—is a Western myth that must be put to rest.

But I wouldn’t uncritically use it as a postmodern postmodednism per se like has been done here. This opposition is simplified unhelpfully in a dichotomy of ‘modernist versus postmodernist’.

That’s the only episode I remember that irked me as far as religion goes.

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I actually wish he would’ve made this chapter longer and more detailed A good introduction for the Christian who wants to understand post-modernism and its implications. He says that Christians can agree with postmodernism that modernism espouses too optimistic a view about ;rimer reason and the progress peimer knowledge especially in science and that the modernist emphasis on the individual, neutral, objective observer of the world is problematic.


As Grenz points out throughout his work, postmodernism is a rejection of the Enlightenment project of modernity. Human powers of knowledge uncovered the truth. Grenz here charts the postmodern landscape.

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This is especially true for the Evangelical church which does not appear to have developed in its communication of the Gospel to Postmodernism. Postmodernism is the philosophy quickly replacing the Modernist mindset brought about by Enlightenment thinkers such as Descartes and Kant. A Primer on Postmodernism. In addition to writing and lecturing all around the world, Stan stznley preaching. Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the grdnz, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation?

Yeah, and prier there’s Wesley who’s running off with a mysterious Native American in the end. What follows are my thoughts on Grens that come from this book: Because knowledge is embedded in the world, it is involved in the power struggles and clashes that take place.

Sign in Create an account. Rational discourse elevates universality over plurality in order to make room for our conceptual schemes. Published February 6th by Eerdmans first published February What characterizes the postmodern ethos? The professor could not have chosen a better book.

A Primer on Postmodernism

Social Theology Feminist Theology. Word games and pirmer have replaced universal meta-narratives. This is seen in the journey from Enlightenment to Modernism and finally postmodernism exposing a general degree of change in science, art, literature, architec Grenz has clearly written a brief history of western culture to explain the current phenomena of Postmodernism.

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