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Finally, here's a book about postmodernism that you don't need a philosophy degree to understand. In Postmodernism 101: A First Course for the Curious Christian, Heath White offers a brief and... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Just what I was looking for and more

What I was looking for was a clear definition of postmodernism. What I learned from this book was that this was not entirely possible. Nevertheless, with surprising ease I was able to get a good grasp of postmodernism which was just what I was looking for. It also has the bonus of discussion questions at the end of each chapter. I'm not sure that I would want to use the entire book for a Sunday School class or Small Group study, but I will use some of the chapters in my teaching. This is a topic terribly relevant to modern evangelism. The questions look interesting and good for discussion. I am looking forward to trying them out.


PostModernism 101 is the best non-technical analysis of PostModernism I have seen. It is well written and easy to understand. Best of all, it relates PostModernism to recent developments in the Church. A must buy for all seminarians.

A very good introduction to a confusing subject.

This is an even-handed treatment of the subject by a Christian philosopher. The author lays out the basic tenets of Postmodernism and looks at how that might work out for a Christian. One especially helpful approach that this author has taken is to be clear that there are several streams of postmodern thought and describe each individually. Many contemporary Christian writers on the subject conflate the views of all the well-known postmodern thinkers into a monolithich philosophy that no one would agree with--especially not the postmodern thinkers whose ideas are suppossedly being described. A good, enjoyable, and easy book to understand (easy for a philosophy book).

Number one recommended introduction to post-modernism

In Postmodernism 101, Heath White offers lay people an introduction to post-modernism and the issues surrounding it. White teaches philosophy at the University of North Carolina and claims that he was moved to write the book in response to the large number of questions he received concerning the topic. It is written in clear, simple, straightforward prose, contains helpful illustrations, and offers a basic overview of the major facets of post-modernism and how it affects different areas of life and thought. White begins the book by briefly sketching out why Christians should care about post-modernism, discussing the issue of the church's relationship to culture and the importance of understanding the culture we live in. He then spends a couple of chapters placing post-modernism in its historical context, showing the move from pre-modernism to modernism and into post-modernism. He then spends several chapters unpacking the ways in which post-modern ideas affect different areas of life and thought including morality, views of the self, language, interpretation, culture, and history. He concludes with a chapter which raises the question of how important post-modernism really is and which challenges Christians to seriously engage the questions it raises, even as he points to our ultimate hope in God. The thing I appreciate most about the book is its even handed tone. On the one hand, it avoids the fearful reactionism and simplistic caricatures of postmodernism that seem to predominate among many conservative Christians, while also avoiding a wholesale embrace of postmodernism. White clearly thinks that much of the postmodern critique of modernism is correct and needed, but also sees that there are many ways that post-modernism presents problems and challenges for orthodox Christianity. Rather than simply offering out of the box answers and prescriptions, though, he continually invites his readers to further reflection and discernment on the matter. In every chapter, he attempts to reflect on the issues discussed from a specifically Christian point of view and offers helpful examples of some concrete and practical ways Christians might respond to these challenges. Questions are also included at the end of every chapter to help the reader process what he or she has read and to reflect on it further. By ending the book with some serious unanswered questions to which he encourages Christians to seek serious answers, while also pointing to our hope in God, White demonstrates precisely what Christian intellectual endeavors should look like. Faith seeking understanding, secure in the truth of what we believe, aware of the limits of our own understanding, unafraid to face the reality of changing cultural situations and the questions they raise with generous hearts and minds. For now, this is the one book I would recommend above all others to anyone seeking a good, readable introduction to post-modernism and the issues surrounding it.

An education in Postmodernism

Postmodernism 101 is a well-written discussion of postmodernism as compared to premodernism and modernism. Heath approaches the subject from the viewpoint of a Christian and an intellectual, but without pretentious vocabulary. His writing style reminds me of C.S. Lewis': conversational and straightforward, easy to read, easy to follow. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has wondered just what postmodernism is, and for anyone who wonders what Christianity looks like in a postmodern age.
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