Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Solomon among the Postmoderns

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Solomon among the Postmoderns

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SOLOMON AMONG THE POSTMODERNS by PETER J. LETTHART Brazos Press, 176 pages, $19.99

Peter Leithart is both a pastor (of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho) and a professor of theology and literature at New St. Andrews College. The combination is more than adequate for helping the the reader come to grips with the omnipresent and often confusing tiling known as postmodernity.

Many contemporary Christians seem either to condemn all things postmodern or to make the opposite error of swallowing postmodernism whole. Leithart, who begins his study with a meditation on the Renaissance and early modernity, attempts instead to honesdy interpret postmodernism and its relation to modernism, discussing such writers such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, and exploring the dynamics of globalization, multiculturalism, and relativity.

Modernity, he tells us, sought to impose an order on things through science, technology, or secularization: "By sculpting the vapor and shepherding the wind, modernity promises to liberate humanity from the uncertainties and imperfections that mankind has long, but wrongly, believed inherent in existence. …

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