Christianity and Postmodernism

Postmodernism is an amorphous term that started to appear in the middle of the 20th century and was first applied to a particular school of Art that rejected the normal and conventional conceptions of Art.  Suddenly a concrete supermarket could be instantiated as an example of “my Art”  by an artist by him simply pointing at it and calling it “Art”, for reality is held to have its locus in the subject’s perception.  Similarly, post-modern philosophy wants to reject the certainties or “tyranny”  of the objective or scientific view of the world to replace it with subjectivity.  This held wide appeal for Christians that believed in the ultimate subjectivity of Christianity, that Christianity was about the authentic experiencing of God rather than being something that is simply believed.  However, the Christian story in postmodernism just becomes one possible  story, and the authority of scripture is lost in individual perception of a text with no fixed meaning.  This short 1500 word coursework essay does a valiant job in introducing the appeal of, but the ultimate rejection of, postmodernism as a friend of Christianity.  It has a remarkable number of references and a great bibliography for such a short piece of work.

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