It seems as though there is an endless supply of knowledge in the realm of philosophy, enough so, that one could spend their entire lifetime pursuing them, but at the end of the day there is only one that will remain the absolute truth. In an age riddled and ransacked by lies, we begin to wonder how long America will be able to stand before turning back to truth.
Where does Postmodernism fit into the picture?
First of all, I became familiar with postmodernism only about 4 months ago ... A missionary came to our Church and was discussing the dangers of it with some of the other Church members and leaders who attend. It hit me pretty hard after it all had time to sink in, and I realized the impact that it was having on young people across the nation, as we can see the fruits of it on full display - a sin-sick world, and getting worse by the day. Our system of public education is the purveyor of postmodernism, and the teachers therein, all atheists are the ones who put postmodernism into practice.
Now, you may be thinking, "If your purpose is to slam the public system of education, then I'm not interested in what you have to say," and I would say to that, 'If you only knew how dangerous postmodernism is, you would spend less time defending it, and more time fighting it with every ounce of strength left in your body.
So, down to the nitty-gritty, what is it? What is postmodernism?
Most postmodernists don't like to put a definition on it, because that would destroy the progression of it, and thus, the freedom to define things from a humanistic, fleshly point of reference in the present time and condition would be lost. In other words, the postmodernist's goal is to make everything subjective to what happens at this time and place, in total disregard for the past. "The past doesn't apply, because this is what is happening now ... things have changed since they last were."
I'm now going to put, you, my readers subject to the postmodernist's worldview - Let us say you are accustomed to doing things a certain way, because it has worked for you, and for your ancestors that go back centuries ... something that you wish to not change, simply because it has always been beneficial to you, and those before you ... Let us now assume that on any given day, a person comes up to you who is willing to work for pay, you gladly give him or her a job, and on their first day on the job, you assign them their first task...however, mysteriously, they ask the question, "How would like this done, this way or this way?
That's how postmodernism initially works: You are traditional, but the person you hired is a postmodernist, regardless of the years of experience you've acquired, and the centuries of proof behind your experience to back you up...the person you hired is not concerned about what worked in the past...they're looking for ways to suit themselves, and not the person who is in charge. And I would assume that that is why the private sector has grown to be so large in America today.
Most postmodernists carry a fairly high desire of objective pragmatism, always placing everything under the microscope of "science" ... and if there is any absolutes contained in it, they reject it, in order for it to fit their own individual, visual perspective. If the postmodernist cannot see it here and now, or if science, which is based upon what one can obtain with certainty through all the senses, has no record of it, then it becomes of no consequence to the casual observer.
If individual "freedom" is the objective, then, of postmodernism, how can a society as a whole benefit from its results? Very simply ... Society cannot! Why? Because it is too radical an autonomy (freedom), in short, the self-conscience is all that matters. The mind of the individual does not connect with anything other than the self, and the material world. This is basically, humanism, and all that humanism stands for, and its foundation being merely on the self, or individual.
Let's move along now to some of the terms and definitions of humanist/postmodernist's:
It goes in a particular order as to how atheists have progressed toward their self-destructive worldview, so to speak. Atheists most usually refer to the "Enlightenment" as the age for their reference point (as if there were ever such an age, eh?).
We'll start off with rationalism.
If it's rationalism, it obviously means that it points to having reason, or understanding ... it means you acknowledge things that are easily ascertained through being.
Rationality or reason is entirely acceptable until one places his or her self as the "highest" authority in the category of objectivity, as it relates to rationality. That should be the correct criticism of of those who would define rationalism incorrectly.
It is all too common for agnostics, atheists and humanists (basically the same as an atheist) to define rationalism from the objective self point of view.
Empiricism - Another term used by agnostics, atheists and humanists ... empiricism is a theory that knowledge originates in observation and experiences relating to those observations.
I will explain again in principally the same manner that I originally explained rationalism; empiricism, when it is used to give all credit to the human, or self it is not worthy of the merit that is accredited to it. Indeed, we have learned a lot since we began, but we simply cannot take facts physically acknowledgeable today, and deny everything prior to the beginnings of science. This is to show that atheists purpose is to try to "debunk" everything in Biblical times in order to make it fit their own self perception of it by "modern" standards.
Naturalism - Naturalism is a philosophy that rejects the possibility of supernatural phenomena, describing such phenomena as misunderstood natural phenomena or falsehood.
And again, this goes along with what I said earlier, that if atheists cannot empirically verify something under the microscope of science, then they have no explanation. It seems odd, however, that the very faculty that they put so much faith in, man; human wisdom ... is the very same faculty that they discredit if it does not fit their worldview, mere human beings and their collective wisdom, but perhaps a little more profound than what modern day scientists can figure out.
So, here is an outline of what we've went from since the so-called "enlightenment" ... atheists went from rationalism, to empiricism, to naturalism, and low-and-behold...postmodernism came on the scene.
When postmodernism was finally devised atheists had found the thing that would give them the means to grasp hearts and minds, throwing all of the former definitions off as they did not suffice, in order to gain complete freedom that their flesh so desired, or may I reiterate, the autonomy to self destruct. Although atheists don't see it as destructive, they are not aware of it, nor can they be as the Spirit has left them; as God has withdrawn Himself from calling them any further, so true right and wrong they cannot discern.
Structuralism and Post-Structuralism are two of the primary terms used that make up postmodernism...
Structuralism; structuralism is a common strategy of atheist postmodernists, by skeptically re-shaping history to fit the humanist and/or atheist worldview, using also all past scientific "evidence" to make their claim. That is why we have seen so many alleged "inconsistencies" within the Scriptures coming from atheists.
Post-Structuralism; post-structuralism is the direct next step of the atheist postmodernist, by using currently verified evidence to shape the future.
While most people associate this "new" era of postmodernism with art, the art itself is a general reflection of the meaninglessness that comes with postmodernism, ascribing all faith and credit to weak, human flesh, mankind continues to search in himself, for a cure to the loneliness and despair that he feels trapped in.
Well, folks, it seems I've ran out of words, hopefully I can add some more as I learn a little bit here and a little bit there along the way.
One last thought...
If you are searching for truth, friends, you need look no further than to the Cross that Jesus Christ died upon to save you from your sin, and make you whole again!
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