This course provides a critical introduction to Postmodernism and its emergence in Western society, evaluates its beliefs in relation to the Pre-modern and Modern belief systems, with special focus on its metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology, and studies its spirituality with a critical analysis from a Christian perspective.
This course helps the student identify the origin and substance of postmodern truth claims and how they ultimately shape a person’s core values, including spirituality and faith practices. It equips the student to address the false assumptions, as well as, the contributions of postmodernity in Christian faith and mission.
Understanding the postmodern milieu, particularly the core values and spiritual practices, is necessary for Christians to effectively engage their missional context.
All Scriptures are inspired by God (2 Tim.3:16-17), which sets forth transcendent truths through Christ and Scriptures that shape values and practices for all peoples at all times. The interpretation and application of truths from God are to be fully appropriated within the postmodern context.
The Missio Dei informs who one is becoming in Christ and therefore has implications for understanding the postmodern world and the spiritual journey of the postmodern person away from relativism to an exclusive relationship with Jesus Christ.
The current postmodern context in culture, communities and society provides a platform for the Christian to encounter and engage postmodern spirituality.
This course is especially intercultural, as it formulates a Christian stance on truth claims, values and spiritual practices and as it enters cross-culturally into the postmodern world and engages interculturally.
Through group discussion, student presentations, and many examples from across the spectrum of belief systems, students understand how to engage practically in postmodern spirituality, reaching the given culture with one’s views about the Christian faith and spirituality.
Through the discussions, research, and material analyzed, students complete the course transformed and inspired to engage effectively as a Christ follower within the context of postmodern spirituality.