Where many culture-watchers see threats to the gospel in postmodernism, Grenz sees opportunity…. For those serious about understanding the new ethos and about equipping the church to engage the presuppositions of our culture, this book will be both a useful guide and a source of hope.
Steve Hayner –InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
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? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? 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 and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today’s culture.
- Hard to listen.
The content is good on this. The reader, unlike the author, is a woman with a HEAVY British accent, which made it very hard to listen to. You really can't get the sense that you are in conversation with the author on this one.
- This introduction to postmodernism was about...
This introduction to postmodernism was about as clear as one could expect on a topic that resists definition. The book does go into the many aspects of culture which are affected by the postmodern world view including art, literature, and pop culture, but it's main focus is the philosophical underpinnings of postmodernism. In response to the previous review here postmodernism is first and foremost a philosophical outlook, and the rest tends to follow from that.
This audio book briefly goes into examining the proto-postmodernists like Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. The latter half of the book is dedicated to examining the ideas of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty. Michel Foucault & Jacques Derrida seem quite impenetrable and the descriptions of their thought are somewhat dull. I would've like more postmodernists examined such as Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson, Roland Barthes, and Jean-François Lyotard, instead of the focus on just these other three. The Christian examination of postmodernism is only covered in the last chapter, so whether you're coming at this from a Christian worldview or not, this is still a valuable intro to postmodern thought.
- This book should have been named...
This book should have been named "A Primer on Philosophy" instead of Postmoderism. The author spends the first chapter on Postmoderism and the rest on 18th,19th,and 20th century philosophy. Thats thirty minutes on postmoderism and the other seven hours on philosophy. It wouldn't be so bad if the coverage of philosophy was tied into the postmodern movement but even this approach is lacking. Why any one would put this book into audio is beyond me. The time and effort would have been better spent on some other work of greater importance.