Tuesday, April 26, 2011
GIANTS IN THE LAND - METHODS & MADNESS
…focused on method in reference to arriving at truth. As a statement of clarification, I am not attempting to defend modernism against postmodernism. Ultimately, Biblical Theism transcends any and all cultural atmospheres produced by philosophy. There is potential overlapping in regard to specific points but as a “system” of thought or overall perspective, my premise is that Biblical Theism captures the real and true picture. Of course, it takes study and effort to understand and refine this perspective but I maintain that it is, whether we believe or understand it, the TRUTH.
Regarding the issue of method that is characteristic of modernism, this is very much related to its shift toward naturalism and empiricism that comes with the age of science. The main point to be made regarding postmodernism is that the skepticism it has produced assumes that methods are merely efforts employed by specific communities (whites, males, conservatives, etc.) to further their agenda and are therefore simply self-serving. The postmodern conclusion is, therefore, to be done with the illusion that recognized methods employed for arriving at truth are actually objective and neutral and useful for leading one to Truth.
Surely, special interest groups can and have propagandized in subversive ways. However, the conclusion that this is all we have in the search for truth is a very extreme tendency. It must not be thought that every proponent of postmodernism fully embraces this approach in a practical way but it is the detrimental atmosphere of postmodernism which is influential. The fact is, postmoderns use this method to further the agenda of their community.
"Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless, and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent (study – KJV) to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness…" (2 Timothy 2:14-16, NASB)