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A Primer On Postmodernism [Paperback]

Stanley J. Grenz
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Feb. 6 1996
"Postmodernism is an emerging force in contemporary Western culture. But what is it and how should Christians proclaim the gospel to a postmodern generation? In this scholarly yet accessible overview, Grenz introduces you to thinkers such as Derrida and Foucault, and helps you understand the impact of this cultural shift on art, philosophy, literature, and the media."

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to postmodernist thought. Feb. 10 2011
Over the past few months I've been devouring books and lectures on modern philosophical thought and this book has by far been the broadest and most accessible for a neophyte such as myself. I first listened to the audio version of this book then bought the printed version for more concentrated study. Don't let the fact that this book was written to enlighten a christian audience on the subject of Postmodernism dissuade you from giving it a chance, only the introduction and last chapter even bring that to the readers attention, the rest of the book is pure presentation of the major thinkers ideas, written lucidly by an extremely knowledgable teacher. I doubt you'll find better value on this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in it's class Dec 11 2002
This is probably the best book I've read to understand postmodernism and it's imact upon the church. Grenz is highly readable and immensely insightful in making plain the complexities and realities of our day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars But what if you're not Religious Oct. 21 1999
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I liked his take on our age, but for my taste, it was written from too much of a religious orientation. I found Postmodernism for Beginners more entertaining, with insightful reviews of major postmodern thinkers and tinkerers and tricksters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A booken book with pulp at the end Feb. 23 2014
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There are very good parts to this book, but bad ones as well. Grenz sums up post modern thinkers and their thought in a well ordered and concise way, however, he falls in love with their ideas despite his warnings of the dangers. All Christian thinkers should be aware that post modernism is derived from Marxist thought -- Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Rorty were all socialists or communists. This form of thinking exist to undermine or destabilize the meta narratives of capitalism and religion. Communists, since Marx, have always hated religion. As well, Grenz forgets to mention the most obvious point of postmodernism: its stunning irrationality. Post modernism attempts to say with a straight face, "let me tell you how it really is, there is no truth." People who fall for this idiocy fall into socialism and cynicism. Further, as this is a primer for students, post modernism is really an appeal to young people to be hip. And that means to dress in black, blather away and affect a cool pose on campus. Meanwhile, for all the irrationality post modernism claims know about the world and that truth can't be known, man is going to the moon and discovering cures for all kinds of diseases. The world defies such childish nonsense. Still Grenz is enamored and one can only hope he is not Marxist.
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Is a good book to read if you're searching to (and, I know this is ironic) nail down postmodernism to a few tenets you can understand. Provides the necessary framework to understand the topic when it comes up-- and, at the same time, Grenz does a good job of sifting out the negatives of the movement while pointing to the opporutunties it holds for Christianity to communicate to this culture.
Does not contain much info at all an literature, art, and architecture, which are the main purveyors of the movement. Then, again, by the time most of us in the Church catch wind of anything like PM it's already in the rear-view mirror for most of society, anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 6 I read on the topic Oct. 26 2001
This is the most lucid and complete introductory discussion of postmodernism that I have read. His discussion is helpful and accesable. He deals with individual thinkers and cultural trends enough to be complete but not enough to overwhelm someone getting started on the 20th century. He has an excellant grasp of the scollarly and cultural aspects of the trends corperately referred to as postmodernism.
There was some nearly verbatum repetition which could have been avoided. However, on the whole this was one of the most enjoyable and helpful books I have read in some time...the first A+ I've given this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what got me started! Aug. 5 2001
I think Grenz did a wonderful job in presenting postmodernism. Not only does he deal with the philosophical aspect, but also the broad cultural parts of postmodernism. This is the book that got me started on philosophy. I still agree with nearly everything in the book, and find it refreshing that an orthodox prostestant Christian can appreciate the good parts of postmodernism, while, at the same time, weeding out the improper parts. However, there was one "problem." Grenz seems to be a premillenialist. That seems to affect, most of all, his conclusion, which, I think, was not as good as the rest of the book. When one is a premillenialist, I don't think that his philosophy so naturally tries to "spoil the Egyptians."
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