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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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Dr. Grenz always seems to write in an enjoyable, clear fashion. He has done this again in "A Primer On Postmodernism". This book discusses the worldview that our society is has left (modernism) and then relates this to our present worldview (post-modernism). Dr. Grenz helps the reader to see how Christian thought can not only survey within this post-modern world, but actually thrive. By beinging to understand what post-modernism is we can relate the truth of the gospel to it, we merely need to consider what parts of the gospel best relate to post-modern thought and then points our good news out to the post-modern world. Dr. Grenz helps to make this possible but explaining why we should not fear post-modern thought and displaying how we can use it in benefical manners.
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Postmodernism without the weird stuff Feb. 19 2001
This is one of the most accessible books on postmodernism (PM) available. While other authors become almost unintelligible when discussing PM, this fellow remains clear and fairly concise. For those that are new to the concepts of PM or are especially interested the philosophies and philosophers of modernism and PM, this is an excellent book. The early chapters lay down the groundwork for some well-considered conclusions towards the middle and end of the book.
The features of the book that I thought could have been better were the rather slow build-up of the story, and lack of connections to PM art, film and architecture. Nevertheless, a great book on a tricky subject.
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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 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A booken book with pulp at the end
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blind Eye Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to postmodernist thought.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2011 by armchair adventurer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of postmodernism from evangelical perspective
This is the best overview I have seen, summarizing a good variety of strands of thought that comprise postmodernism, including elements from both philosophy and science. Read more
Published on May 26 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars AHHHHHH the pain!
I was forced to read this book for Philosophy class and it has scarred me for life. There aren't any pictures or anything. I finished a 1,000 word paper on it too. Read more
Published on April 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpfully traces the development of postmodern thought
A Primer on Postmodernism is a helpful introduction to postmo culture and some of its leading thinkers (Rorty, Derrida and Foucault). Read more
Published on Aug. 23 1998 by sshields@e-mailbox.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Grenz's analysis of postmodernism is the best I've ever read!
Published on Nov. 19 1997 by kevin.ford@trynice.com
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