“POSTMODERN RELIGION: SPIRITUALITY BUT NO TRUTH”

 

Summary:

 

1.  Because historic Christianity shares a confidence in human reason with modernism, like the latter it must be rejected.

 

2.  Any transcultural claims of Christianity (cf. Matthew 28.18-20) must be rejected.

 

3.  Any “naive” claim to rationality and objectivity in religion must be rejected as “crass Eurocentrism” . . . or worse, FUNDAMENTALISM.

 

4.  Inherent relativism and mysticism of Eastern and tribal religions are compatible with postmodernist assumptions. These “independent developments” are now being merged into one cultural consensus (e.g., New Age).

 

5.  Religion’s major focus should be on the “worshiper” rather than on pleasing a deity.

 

6.  “Reality” is the construction of the religious faithful (“community”).

 

a.     Propositional truth = out

b.     “Authority of God” claims = veiled power demands of religious leaders.

c.    Personal, subjective mystical experience = authoritative.

 

 

Adapted from The Death of Truth, p. 212.

 

JDS