Saturday, October 27, 2007

Postmodern Christian - Part 1

I consider myself a postmodern christian, but I've been struggling with how to explain what that means. One of the things it means is that I'm going to strive to remain as open and gracious as possible to new variations, ideas, and interpretations of the christian faith. I'm convinced that one of the mistakes we've made over and over again in church history is passionately embracing a new, revolutionary, reactionary (and very good) version of our faith - only to become as entrenched and rigid as the version we replaced. I'm going to try to understand that interpretations of our faith for different contexts cannot be evaluated or compared to one another - they are neither more or less right, so long as the pillars of the faith that make it what it is remain. Post-modernism and more specifically the Emergent Church are a reaction to modern, seeker sensitive, sunday-centric, uninvolved christianity - but the emergent church will itself be replaced someday (maybe soon!), and I want to be gracious enough to let go of the principles and ideas I'm embracing now to learn and grow from whatever might be coming next...

3 comments:

Kalev Hinrich said...

The Emergent Church will be replaced. You bring up a good point, and I wonder if many people have thought about it. Maybe we should start a post-emergent church which embraces a post-postmodernism (haha).

jl said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Postmodernism and the church. What do you think that being a "Postmodern" Christian entails beyond flexibility and openness?

Jared said...

Hey jl,

Thanks for your comment. Being a post-modern christian has sort of an evolving meaning for me. I have a couple more posts (followed by PMC) that explain a bit more about what it is and isn't in my opinion. I have one on Community, and another on the influence of our Culture. Let me know what you think.