Re: Post-Modernism and the Relevance of VanTil
I am glad you raised this. As I have been thinking over the past
several months on the debate on the Revolution Church and how modern
Presbyterians treat history, it dawned on me that the Post-modern
mentality has been put forth in various ways here. The
postmodernist cares little about history and pretty much says "that
was then this is now. I am in the now and living in the now and
what transpired in the past has little to do with me." When one
brings up the history of the Church responses like, "I was not part
of that church of then, I am part of the church of now", as if
Biblically speaking such a dichotomy can be made and as if Church
history matters little. The doctrine of the moral person is thrown
to the side, if even known by most Presbyterians of the present age,
therefore that area of ignorance is replaced by a postmodern idea of
history, one fruit of which continues to be the rampant schism
occuring in the Presbyterian and Protestant church at large.
Pragmatism is the rule for the postmodernist.
Neil, put forth good arguments to the postmodernist and some will
concede and still say "so what" others will just shrug their
shoulders without conceding anything, just a "oh, that is
interesting" and walk away...
Yours in Christ,
--- In email@example.com, Neil Barham
> Dear Bretheren and Sisteren,my Miami PCA church. In preparation, I have been immersing myself
> Beginning in January, I will be teaching study on apologetics in
in VanTil, Frame, Bahnsen, Rushdoony, Pratt, Van Til, Van Til, Van
Til, and after that a little bit of Van Til. From my reading, it
appears to me that Van Til is the perfect refuter of Postmodernism,
since he shows that, apart from an a priori commitment to the Christ
of the Bible, thought, rationality, logic, and experience are all
meaningless and lead to despair.
>method and conclusions, he claims that the postmodernist does not
> My pastor has a different view. Though he agrees with Van Til's
care whether his existence makes sense or not. The postmodernist,
it is alleged, is totally comfortable with epistemic despair and
meaningless experience. He cares nothing for logic, rationality,
purpose, hope. The postmodern response to Van Til, I am told, is:
OK, you're right. My life is meaningless, self-contradictory, and
irrational. Who cares?
>would like. Is my pastor right? Will my postmodern opponent
> My own acquaintance with post-modernism is not as thorough as I
concede my arguments, shrug his shoulders, and walk away
> Advice is welcome.
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