[quote=Truthstalker]I am suspicious (so what else is new?:rolleyes: ) of what I see as a tendency in postmodernism to sacrifice truth for emotion… I am suspicious that nothing keeps postmodernism from dissolving into mush…
I read one book by McClaren, who advocates cobbling together elements of our differing Christian traditions to make a service or a life of service to God.
Well the cobbling together or traditions is certainly evocative of Gadamer. And Gadamer is pomo.
[quote=Truthstalker] He seems to advocate “Let’s stick together some Catholic prayer, Methodist hymns, a Baptist sermon and round it off with a Lutheran Communion rite.” Then have some Quaker prayer afterwards, and fast like an Orthodox. Let the Baptists kiss icons and the Catholics get saved.
Sheesh. The Salvador Dali of theology it seems.
[quote=Truthstalker]The point of this is that these things all get ripped from their context and lose their meaning when cobbled together.
One question that pomo brings into focus is what is the meaning of meaning? Or what use is it? And who gets to say what the meaning is? The author? The text? The reader?
[quote=Truthstalker] Some things are tremendously inconsistent, are cheapened in my view when decontextualized, and you wind up with a “feel-good” something.
But much of what came before pomo decontextualized and furthermore created false dichotomies.
[quote=Truthstalker]What it is I am not sure of. I am not sure there is truth in postmodernism that one can get ahold of. On the other hand, there is Truth that gets ahold of us.
I just posted some Derrida and Gadamer on the thread on Rewriting Scripture.
[quote=Truthstalker]You should not be a mushy Catholic.
Well! I’ll certainly try my best not to be!
[quote=Truthstalker]Postmodernism would seem to insist on drowning our differences when an insistence on truth would require we demonstrate where the lines are drawn and that they are important to us.
I will concede for the time being that pomo does insist on drowning something. I don’t know what it is though.
[quote=Truthstalker]Unity in mushiness is neither hot nor cold, but the sort of thing that gets spat out. Some things should not be compromised.
I’m getting all misty now. I feel a banner coming on!
Unite en toute mushinesse!