The next book I hope to read for my own personal pleasure and edification (read: not for class) is Stan Grenz’ Primer on Postmodernism. I was flipping through the pages today and noticed that in chapter 7, “The Gospel and the Postmodern Context,”Grenz has subtitles describing post-individualism, post-rationalism, post-dualism, and post-noeticentricism (is that a word?) as they pertain to the gospel.
As I read through many emergent-type blogs I see the phrase post-_____ (fill in the black) quite often. Post-liberal, post-conservative, post-evangelical, etc. Seldom do I see the four “posts-” that Grenz has listed in his book, which I find mildly surprising considering Grenz was always considered one of the theological friends of the emerging church.
I don’t know why I am writing this. I guess I am wondering if Grenz started the “post-” trend or if it can be found elsewhere. And why are we no longer claiming to be “post-” as Grenz lays out in his book? Was he wrong? Are we going somewhere else with ourselves? Is postmodernism different that Grenz understood it?
When I read the book I’ll find out more.