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quote of the day

When asked his own definition of "post-modernism" --

"I actually find a couple of related words more useful. One is Post-Enlightenment. As a friend of mine says "they (postmoderns) become Enlightened about the Enlightenment. They realize that the Enlightenment wasn't everything. It was a way of thinking to solve a set of problems in the 17th and the 18th centuries.

Another word is Post-Colonial. I think Post-Colonial is the more useful term, because what is happening is people are realizing how Colonialism affected the colonizers and the colonized. The colonizers are excessively confident in the sense they understand the way things ought to be, and they have the right to make everyone dance to their tune. It affects the colonized because they find themselves for decades or centuries dominated and oppressed and inferior and unworthy, and then they start saying, 'Those are lies, and we do have the chance to think for ourselves.'

I think the Christian community is making an extremely dangerous mistake with this. The mistake is we are going from dissatisfaction to legislation and missing the middle step of persuasion. Now you would think, from our beliefs from the Gospels, that God isn't just interested in us being focused on the law, but he actually wants to change our hearts. That’s my understanding of how the Kingdom of God works, but we (the church) don't seem to understand that.

So our first move when we're unhappy about something is to get laws passed about it. To me that is pure Colonialism, Colonialism says change the world, by controlling other people against their will. The work of persuasion would be much harder, and it requires us to change our rhetoric 180 degrees. You can't, you don't, influence people you identify as the other side of the culture war. The language of the culture war is the language of 'strength on our side' to dominate the other side."

-- Pastor & Author Brian Mclarren
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