Contextualization: Religion In Postmodern Times

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Recontextualization: Religion in Postmodern Times
Mark C. Taylor, in his essay Reframing Postmodernisms, said, “For some postmodernism suggests the death of God and disappearance of religion, for others, the return of traditional faith, and for still others, the possibility of recasting religious ideas” (11).
However, Lieven Boeve, again, talked about the Christian Church and its potential to be viewed in postmodern lens only if a few adjustments would be made. He advocated for the renewed contextualization of the Church. This would mean that the teachings, Scriptures, and traditions would change with the times. His term “detraditionalization” (297) implies that most people in postmodern societies are gradually drifting away from the traditions
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Fahey wrote a synopsis about it in a journal article. Fahey said about Mannion’s book, “today’s cultural setting and experiences require new ways of listening to the signs of the times and articulating religious teaching” (388).
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose wrote about postmodernism and Christianity’s influence on each other in his essay entitled The Bible and Postmodernism. “The postmodern era is where everyone just wants to decide that they can believe in everything, in nothing, or in some things.” He also stated the most common misconception about postmodernity and Christianity’s relationship: that these two can’t take place at the same time. Their reconciliation must happen, he said, because “that is the only way the errors will be exposed.” By errors, he means the outdated things about Christianity that to a certain extent harmed
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Firstly, hard postmodernism denies the existence of God, and it springs from atheism or pantheism. This is non-Christian mainly because it denies the existence of God and all that is holy. Soft postmodernism, on the other hand, are only suspicious and very careful with the acceptance of a truth. Uncertainty is the most common characteristic of soft postmodernists. This kind of postmodernism is also what constitutes what people call the “emerging Church” which is open to everything that people used to call divisions of beliefs. This is called apophatic theology and it means that the belief in God is done by negation. It does not necessarily deny Christian beliefs and traditions, but it is open to gradual positive reformations. It is not certain about anything – their faith remains a mystery, and they accept it because they are convinced that human beings are not sure about everything. “Postmodernism is in rebellion against traditionalism, and this is not such a bad
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