WHICH WORLD DO YOU LIVE IN?
Are You "Modern," "Postmodern," or Something
Else? Are you sure? Take this brief test and see.
Select which statement in each of the following
groups that mostly shares your opinion. At the end of five groups,
we will reveal whether you are working with or against history.
A. The Church will be ready for the future if it
retains its vision of progress . . . if it continually improves what
it is already doing.
B. The modern idea of progress is an illusion.
The Church canít move into the future by simply improving itself.
C. Postmodernism is mostly about the death of
modern thinking and offers few plans for the future. Meanwhile, a
completely new and positive way of thinking is emerging.
A. Scripture is a storehouse of facts that
accurately describes reality, so our challenge is to figure out the
B. Scripture does not contain facts. It is a
relative truth, because its writers and readers never escaped their
subjectivity or the inadequacy of their language.
C. Scripture speaks only through the voice of the
Spirit and transcends both interpreters and interpretations. We must
learn, though, how to let Scripture speak for itself.
A. The most persuasive sermons build logical
lines of thought which arrive at sound theological doctrines.
B. "Logical lines of thought" have never proven
what the modern world promised. Since these overly ambitious ideas
are now outmoded, itís time to wipe the slate clean.
C. "Wiping the slate clean" removes neither God
nor His Universal Truth. Contrary to postmodern opinion, "truth" is
not something we subjectively invent. It is a reality we encounter.
A. The language skills of rhetoric and oratory
prove the best hope for spreading the "Word."
B. All languages reflect our manipulating
self-interest and subjectivity. So we will never bring objective
honesty to the Word or anything else.
C. Postmodernism wrongly calls every language a
"failed language." The Church knows a spiritual language that
transcends us, the language itself, and the culture that gives rise
to it. This language is the language of the Word.
A. A true and clear interpretation of the Gospel
requires setting aside our emotions and feelings.
B. All interpretations of the Gospel are
subjective in the first place, so we should avoid telling others
what to believe. The only reality is oneís own thinking and feeling.
C. The Church has long known a "knowing of the
heart" that transcends our subjectivity . . . our intellect . . .
and our differences. This "knowing" is essential to the Gospel.
If you selected mostly "A" statements, you are
firmly stuck in the modern period. If you selected mostly "B"
statements, consider yourself a postmodernist. However, if you
selected mostly "C" statements, you are living victoriously in a