Monday, April 18, 2011


Modernism emphasized…

3. …foundationalism

Postmodernism is anti-foundational and emphasizes that epistemological foundations are, in a sense, arbitrary structures devised by finite, limited beings that do not aid in the process of arriving at “true truth.” Quoting from Francis Schaeffer (as I had in an earlier entry) in The God Who is There we read, “What were these presuppositions? The basic one was that there really are such things as absolutes. [Modernity or what Schaeffer referred to as the age of reason] accepted the possibility of an absolute in the area of Being (or knowledge), and in the area of morals. Therefore, because they accepted the possibility of absolutes, though people might have disagreed as to what these were, nevertheless they could reason together on the classical basis of antithesis. They took it for granted that if anything was true, the opposite was false. In morality, if one thing was right, its opposite was wrong. This little formula, ‘A is A’ and ‘if you have A, it is not non-A,’ is the first move in classical logic. If you understand the extent to which this no longer holds sway, you will understand our present situation.” It should be easy to see that assuming an anti-foundational position is worse than building upon the sand, it is an effort to build upon nothing, an impossible task. It is one thing to debate the nature of the right foundation but another thing to defend the lack of such. In fact, such a position, as with all false ideologies, is self-refuting in that the denial of a foundation is, in effect, a foundation.

“In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’” (Psalm 11:1-3, NASB)

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15, NASB)

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’” (John 14:6, NASB)

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