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Primer to Postmodernism | [Stanley Grenz]

Primer to Postmodernism

Stanley Grenz charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory, and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture.
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From the academy to pop culture, our society is in the throes of change rivaling the birth of modernity out of the decay of the Middle Ages. We are now moving from the modern to the postmodern era. But what is postmodernism? How did it arise? What characterizes the postmodern ethos? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? Who are its leading advocates? Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the church, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation?

Stanley Grenz charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory, and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture.

©1996 Stanley Grenz; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 01-16-13
    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2007

    Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.

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    "The anatomy of modern thinking..."

    Thought is evolving both culturally, environmentally, and philosophically. So many of our current views, such as the appeal of spy movies as opposed to westerns, is a function of the philosophical evolution of thought. This book introduces you to many of the important thinkers that have at least documented this evolution, and in some cases led it. I enjoyed the book, but I was left with the documentation/creation dichotomy which I'm sure is both irreducible and dependent upon the limitation of my knowledge and my ability to understand in the context of my natural and cultural limitations.

    However, that's the point of postmodernism, which can be described as a chipping away at certainty, and an increase in humility. There is no actual black/white but only those shades of grey that are senses and our minds can apprehend or comprehend.

    A good read, and Nadia May always gives real authority to a work..

    Gare Henderson

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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 05-13-12
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "Good intro to Gadamer, Derrida and Rorty"

    The initial social assessment of postmodernism was not too helpful, enjoyed the reviews of the postmoderns, but the critique from a Christian perspective was weak and not very helpful. Seemed like he was trying to apply a few concepts to Christianity, but he mainly took an onto-theological approach, which is the main point of postmodernism.

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    Robert Burris West Des Moines, IA United States 05-03-12
    Robert Burris West Des Moines, IA United States 05-03-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Emergent"
    Would you try another book from Stanley Grenz and/or Nadia May?

    Nadia May, sure! She is one of my favorite narrators. Grenz is Emergent.


    Has Primer to Postmodernism turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, though it is a poor example, being more propaganda than anything else.


    Have you listened to any of Nadia May???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as the others.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Primer to Postmodernism?

    Scenes? That is a dumb question.


    Any additional comments?

    Of Emergent, by Emergent, and for Emergent.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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