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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (Feb. 6 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802808646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802808646
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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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? 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 J. Grenz here 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, also introducing readers to the contemporary gurus of the postmodern mind-set. Scholarly yet accessible to all, this volume is an indispensable guide for understanding contemporary Western culture.

About the Author

Stanley J. Grenz was Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington, prior to his death in 2004. He authored a number of books, including "What Christians Really Believe & Why"; and "Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective".

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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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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 and Rorty were all socialists or communists. This form of thinking exist to undermine or destabilize the meta narratives of capitalism and religion. Communists, ever 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 in a coffee house and affect a cool pose on campus. Meanwhile, for all the irrationality post modernism claims, i.e., to know that the world and 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 a Marxist.
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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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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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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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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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