Re: How do we escape the enlightenment terms natural and supernatural

From: Jonathan Clarke (
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 19:16:35 EDT

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    I am not expert on post modernism (is anyone?) so offer the following
    thoughts very tentatively.

    The modernists and post modernists raise different problems and have
    different congruencies with Christian philosophies. I agree that the
    commitment to objective truth is in favour of the modernists, however the
    doctrinaire reductionism and materialism stands against the. Conversely,
    while the
    post moderns are sceptical about objective truth they are not reductionists
    and recognize that meaning can occur at many levels. In this regard they
    seem superior to the moderns. Again I am no expert on post modernism (the
    very term sets my teeth on edge!), but there seem to be strands within
    it which are quite amenable to Christian thought. Nancey Murphy seems
    quite positive about post modernism, something I am working though.



    george murphy wrote:

    > I have to utter a heretical good word for the enlightenment. Certainly
    the theological, or anti-theological presuppositions of the philosophes
    were unfortunate. But at least they thought that the world made sense &
    could be understood by scientific investigation. I that regard they
    > certainly come closer to a Christian understanding of the universe than
    does a great deal of post-modern thought that rejects the idea of any kind
    of objective truth.
    > George L. Murphy
    > "The Science-Theology Interface"

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