Finally, here's a book about postmodernism that you don't need a philosophy degree to understand. In Postmodernism 101: A First Course for the Curious Christian, Heath White offers a brief and accessible introduction to the ideas of postmodernism and its...
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Finally, here's a book about postmodernism that you don't need a philosophy degree to understand. In Postmodernism 101: A First Course for the Curious Christian, Heath White offers a brief and accessible introduction to the ideas of postmodernism and its relationship to Christianity. White paints the historical and philosophical background underlying postmodernism in understandable, but not oversimplified, language. He then describes what postmodernism means to our view of self, language, thought, the search for knowledge, and culture. White invites Christians who otherwise might have avoided postmodern theorizing into this important dialogue with questions for further thought after each chapter and suggestions for future reading. This book is ideal for students as well as curious pastors and lay readers.
Contents Acknowledgments Why Read About Postmodernism Premodern And Modern Minds The Postmodern Turn Against Reason Truth, Power, And Morality Language And Thought Inquiry And Interpretation Culture And Irony History And Hope Epilogue Notes For Further Reading
"White provides an accessible and helpful introduction to postmodern thought and its relationship to Christian faith that leaves readers with a reliable framework for thoughtful engagement between the ministry and witness of the gospel and our emerging culture."--John R. Franke, author of The Character of Theology"There is something wonderfully hospitable about this book. Postmodern ideas, sensitivities, authors, and theories are engaged with an openness that stands in welcome relief to the kind of knee-jerk evangelical reactionism that so often dominates the scene. And White's exposition of postmodern ideas welcomes the reader into a world that initially might not feel too safe. This book demonstrates a clarity of language without being simplistic and a conciseness of presentation that is not facile. Indeed, this is a book rich in wisdom. And as a 'First Course for the Curious Christian' it engenders a hunger for more."--Brian Walsh, coauthor of Colossians Remixed"Postmodernism 101 is a delight to read. Heath White knows how to take a very difficult subject and make it easy to understand without being simplistic. I love the way he situates our understanding in the current cultural shift from modern to postmodern times. This book will be very helpful to all who want to know why they should be interested in the postmodern situation."--Robert Webber, author of Ancient-Future Faith"Don't let the 'first course' language fool you. This is a five-course feast, presented on philosophical platters of gold and literary pitchers of silver. Premodern, modern, and postmodern people need to read this and discover what each offers each other."--Leonard Sweet, author of Postmodern Pilgrims and SoulTsunami"Confused about postmodernism? Baffled by what it means? Begin here. More than an introduction to postmodernism, Postmodernism 101 situates the reader in today's culture at the end of one era and the beginning of another. Then it charts a way forward that is fully Christian and profoundly practical."--James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and Why Good Arguments Often Fail "Want to learn about postmodernism and how it affects our selves and our culture? Begin with this book. Postmodernism 101 is not only an introduction to modern culture but an antidote to letting the world squeeze you into its mold. A highly successful blending of theory and practice."--James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and Why Good Arguments Often Fail "Postmodernism 101 is an excellent first book on a very complex and confusing shift in contemporary culture. Heath White sets postmodernism in the context of both modernism and premodernism. Then he unpacks its significance to our selves and our culture, truth and power, language and thought, morality and history, and a host of related themes."--James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and Why Good Arguments Often Fail
Heath White (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is a philosophy professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.