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This work is a wonderful conscious observation of modernism and postmodernism beyond pop Christian critique of postmodernism of Postmodernism’s epistemological project. Readers will enjoy the wordsmith of the author Peter Leithart, as he paints an illustr…ative picture of Modernism and Postmodernism, offering food for thought concerning the cultural history of Western civilization itself from the Renaissance period onwards today. Each chapter argues about the fleeting “vapor” like nature of human experience apart from God, what Solomon describes in Ecclesiastes as life “under the sun.” His observation of modernism as man’s attempt to control thing in his or her hand was eye opening for myself. While noting that there are difference with the current climate of postmodernism from modernism, the author also argue that there are some continuity between modernism and postmodernism, claiming that postmodernism is really modernism’s “vapor’s revenge” that exposes modernism’s PR claims about itself are not truly what it is in reality. Throughout the book the author critiques what he calls the trinity of Modernism: control, freedom and progress. View from this perspective, Leithart’s book contributes towards a Christian critique towards the Modernist’s worldview which has not totally left the scene altogether in today’s world. Leithart brings balance to the Christian discussion about Modernism and Postmodernism, seeing how modernism has indeed produce good things (who can imagine technological advance as totally wicked), while also seeing postmodernism as a state of reality today, which offer true critiques of modernism’s failures. Leithart is not uncritical of Postmodernism however, and does argue from Solomon in Ecclesiastes that those who are Postmodernist at times do not find the solution in the Transcendent God. Which brings up the major issue that I have with this book: For a work titled “Solomon and the Postmodern,” I wished the author could have brought Ecclesiastes and Solomone more in the book. References to Ecclesiastes or to Solomon in general probably made up less than five percent of the book. Having presently interacted with the first half of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew and other exegetical materials, one can see that Leithart was familiar with relevant resources on Ecclesiastes and interpretative decisions (which I must say, I agree with concerning his definition of Havel as “vapor” and “shepherding the wind” than “chasing the wind”, etc), one must realize that Leithart could had Ecclesiastes do more of the “speaking” in the work. The author was capable and skillful in bringing in Postmodernist’s materials into the conversation in the book (love seeing his footnotes!), surely he was capable of making Solomon alive and “speaks” to the issue (which I believe Solomon does). Certainly then will the book live up to the title of “Solomon among the Postmoderns.”

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On the January 10th, Grace to You podcast, titled “The Only Way to Happiness: Be Meek Part 2,” there was an hour extra special, only included in the podcast and not aired on radio. In the podcast, Phil Johnson and John MacArthur talk about the Emergent Church Movement.

During the discussion, Phil Johnson prompts John MacArthur to give a summary of the emergent church movement. Also, the conversation compares the similarities of the emergent church to the seeker sensitive movement. They additionally predict that the movement, in an effort to reach the current postmodern generation, is a “planned obsolescence”, citing Crystal Cathedral and Willow Creek model as examples. In the end of the discussion they give some practical advice to a Christian’s selection of a Church.

John MacArthur boils down the emergent threat to an attack on the clarity of scripture, exchanging clarify for mystery. MacArthur also quickly discusses the clarity of scripture, noting that Jesus always had the expectation of Jews to have read and understood the Old Testament, as well as Paul’s expectations for Gentiles to learn about the Old Testament.

For personal application, MacArthur warns that if the church you go to currently does not have a doctrinal statement or revere the exposition of the bible, you should find a new church (Even if it’s not emergent), to prevent “being tossed to and fro by the winds of doctrine.”

Phil Johnson also quotes from a few books. John MacArthur also notes that Zondervan, Christianity Today, as well as another book publisher promote the Emergent Church Movement, by publishing a large amount of books on the topic.

At the end of the podcast, Grace to You announced that this spring they will be giving away books for people who sign up to their mailing list called, The Truth War.

As a presuppositionist sidenote, John MacArthur mentions that his view of apologetics is to use the bible, “letting the lion out of the cage.”

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For those of us who were not able to attend the conference, Desiring God has posted the conference audios online.

The Supremacy of Christ and Joy in a Postmodern World
John Piper

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The Supremacy of Christ and the Gospel in a Postmodern World
Tim Keller

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The Supremacy of Christ and the Church in a Postmodern World
Mark Driscoll

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The Supremacy of Christ and Love in a Postmodern
Don Carson

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The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World
David Wells

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The Supremacy of Christ and Truth in a Postmodern World
Voddie Baucham

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A Conversation with the Pastors
Justin Taylor, John Piper, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll

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Speaker Panel
Justin Taylor, Voddie Baucham, John Piper, Don Carson, David Wells

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(HT: Theologica)

 

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