The philosophies of French thinkers Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault form the basis for postmodern thought and are seemingly at odds with the Christian faith. However, James K. A. Smith contends that their ideas have been misinterpreted.
The award-winning Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? is the first book in the Church and Postmodern Culture series. In an introduction and four fulsome chapters, Smith unpacks the primary philosophical impulses behind postmodernism, demythologizes its myths, and demonstrates its affinity with core Christian claims. Each of his accessible chapters includes an opening discussion of a recent representative film and a closing “tour” of a postmodern church in case study form—with particular application to the growing “emerging church” conversation.
Modern Christianity tends to think of the church either as a place where individuals come to find answers to their questions or as one more stop where individuals can try to satisfy their consumerist desires. As such, Christianity becomes intellectualized rather than incarnate, commodified rather than the site of genuine community.6 people highlighted this
The church doesn’t have an apologetic; it is an apologetic.5 people highlighted this
Texts that require interpretation are not things that are inserted between me and the world; rather, the world is a kind of text requiring interpretation.5 people highlighted this