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Late Modern or Postmodern?

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Tim Keller brings us some fascinating thoughts on a possible overemphasis on the shift between modernity and postmodernity:

Here’s an example. The new Christian Smith book, Souls in Transition (Oxford, 2009), profiles the beliefs of young adults age 18 to 23. In an interview with Ken Myers on Mars Hill Audio, Smith relates how he often interviewed people and asked them if their moral convictions (some of which were very strong) were mainly subjective feelings or really true to reality. He found that most had difficulty even understanding what he was asking.

The underlying thread that ties all this together is the inconceivability of a moral order based on an authority more fundamental than one’s own reason or experience. That was the founding principle of the Enlightenment, and that is the cornerstone of the most recent generation. So how can we say the Enlightenment is over?

It’s not a piece strong on definite conclusions, but it is somewhat illuminating with regard to a right understanding of the spirit of the age in which we live.

Read it all here.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 6 October 2010 at 13:57

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