Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be
JUL96 LL Brian Walsh & Richard MiddletonFar from the eclipse of religious beliefs the Enlightenment so confidentlypredicted, postmodernism has resulted in a bewildering array of religionsand worldviews. In this perceptive evaluation, Walsh & Middleton point out both the strengths and...
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JUL96 LL Brian Walsh & Richard MiddletonFar from the eclipse of religious beliefs the Enlightenment so confidentlypredicted, postmodernism has resulted in a bewildering array of religionsand worldviews. In this perceptive evaluation, Walsh & Middleton point out both the strengths and weaknesses of the postmodern challenge, and showwhy the gospel is as relevant-and maybe more welcome-than ever. 220 pages,from IVP.
Voted one ofChristianity Today's1996 Books of the Year!The carnivalesque, pluralistic culture in hich we live can be seen as a consequence of the breakdown of modernity (which touted itself as the "greatest show on earth"), combined with a recognition of the socially constructed character of reality.Since the old construction has been discredited and is in a process of decomposition, the season is open on the construction of new realities which are produced with the speed and ease of temporary circus tents being raised. Far from witnessing the erosion or even eclipse of religious belief that the Enlightenment so confidently predicted, the eclipse of the Enlightenment has resulted in a veritable smorgasbord of religions and worldviews for our consumption.So Richard Middleton and Brian Walsh colorfully describe our postmodern setting. In this book they survey postmodern culture and philosophy, offering lucid explanations of such difficult theories as deconstruction. They are sympathetic to the postmodern critique, yet believe that a gospel stripped of its modernist trappings speaks a radical word of hope and transformation to our chaotic culture.The book for those who wonder what postmodernism is and how biblical Christians might best respond.
Brian J. Walsh (PhD., McGill University, Montreal) serves as the Christian Reformed Church chaplain to the University of Toronto. With Richard J. Middleton, he wrote The Transforming Vision and Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be (both IVP). He is also the author of Langdon Gilkey (University Press of America, 1992) and Subversive Christianity (Alta Vista College Press, 1994) and Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (with his wife Sylvia Keesmaat)-Editorial Review.
J. Richard Middleton (Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam) is associate professor of biblical studies at Roberts Wesleyan College and associate professor of Bible and culture at Northeastern Seminary, both in Rochester, New York. Middleton is the coauthor of Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be and The Transforming Vision, and the author of Liberating Image: The'The Imago Dei' in Genesis 1 and 1 & 2 Samuel (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary).-Editorial Review.
- <strong>part I: The Postmodern Condition</strong>
- 1. The Crisis Of Our Times
- 2. Reality Isn't What It Used To Be
- 3. The Decentered Self
- 4. They Don't Tell Stories Like They Used To
- <strong>part Ii: The Resources Of Scripture</strong>
- 5. The Biblical Metanarrative
- 6. The Empowered Self
- 7. Reality Isn't What It's Meant To Be
- 8. The Hope Of Our Times
- Subject Index
- Author Index
- Scripture Index