A Primer on Postmodernism

A Primer on Postmodernism

A Primer on Postmodernism

A Primer on Postmodernism

Excerpt

“Would you come to Charlotte, North Carolina, October 26-28, 1993, to be one of about a do zen participants in a 'think tank' on ministry to 'baby busters'?” asked Tom Hawkes of Leighton Ford Ministries.

“You've got the wrong person,” I protested. “I'm an academician, not a practitioner.”

“That's exactly why we want you to be there,” came the response. “We practitioners need you to help us understand what postmodernism is all about.”

“Postmodernism.” This was not exactly a new word in my vocabulary. Indeed, in two of my books I had already raised the question of the shape of evangelical theology in the emerging postmodern context. But the upcoming meeting in Charlotte launched me into a concerted effort to come to understand what — if anything — this term actually means.

The Charlotte experience triggered the idea for a book, a “primer” to assist students, church leaders, youth workers, and even colleagues in understanding the attitude or mind-set that is becoming increasingly prevalent in North America, especially (but not exclusively) on university campuses. Preliminary telephone calls to several publishers (including Jon Pott at Eerdmans Publishing Company) and follow-up discussions at the American Academy of Religion gathering (November 1993) netted keen interest in the project.

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