Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Terminology Tuesday: Postmodernism

Postmodernism: A term used to designate a variety of intellectual and cultural developments in late-twentieth-century Western society. The postmodern ethos is characterized by a rejection of modernist values and a mistrust of the supposedly universal rational principles developed in the Enlightenment era. Postmoderns generally embrace pluralism and place value in the diversity of worldviews and religions that characterizes contemporary society..1
1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 93.


  1. RkBall July 20, 2010

    Isn't defining postmodernism almost a contradiction in terms?!

  2. Louis July 21, 2010

    So, can a person be a postmodernist and a Christian at the same time?

  3. Paul July 21, 2010

    I don't think so. Christianity requires belief in universal principles. Post-modernism generally rejects the notion of universal principles.

  4. John Moore September 5, 2013

    Some Christians cautiously welcomed postmodernism because it attacked science. Thus, they had a common enemy. But Paul is right that Christianity and postmodernism have very different notions.