If you don’t know what postmodernism is, you can most certainly recognize its influence in our world today. From Common Core to Transgender, the philosophy of postmodernism has permeated modern thinking.
To define postmodernism, we first look at what came before it. Every new philosophy is a reaction to a previous philosophy and postmodernism is no different. Postmodernism is a reaction to Modernism, the philosophy that comes Post (After) Modernism.
The “hay-day” for Modernism was the period at the end of the 19th century, going on into the early 20th century. It was a philosophy that declared Reason as the absolute of thinking. Reason and Logic were the only things man needed for the basis of what he believed to be the truth.
“I think therefore I am.” — René Descartes, Father of Western Philosophy
Postmodernism was a reaction against Modernism because it believed reason had failed mankind. Reason was to solve the world’s problems. However, at the end of 100 years of Modernism, we still had no remedy for poverty, corruption, wars, disease, etc.
The conclusion was that reason was so corrupted by man it could no longer be the answer to man’s problems. Since reason has failed, the only thing to do with it was to throw it out. That included the discarding of anything associated with reason, such as logic and absolutes.
Truth became relative and its definition could now change to whatever you wanted it to be, regardless of its accuracy or foundation of belief. For example, 2+2 does not have to equal 4. Under postmodernism, 2+2 can equal whatever you want it to equal: 5, 6, 18, or 54. Common Core was a system of learning based upon the absence of reason. It is postmodern thinking.
Truth became relative, based 100% upon an individual’s opinion or personal desire. Were you born a male, but desire to be a female? Then simply believe it, and under postmodernism, it is true…to you. Then if it is true to you, society must also accept your truth about you. Transgender is another result of postmodern thinking.
Postmodernism and Religion
For postmodernism to even accept religion is a surprise. After all, most religions promote a creed of absolutes that must be believed by its followers. We must remember that Modernism, based purely on reason, denounced religion, believing that it should not exist.
With this belief, the early atheists consistently attacked religion’s purpose of existence. But postmodernism permits an individual’s religion, as long as it is kept within the confinement of the individual’s self. It is adamantly opposed to the propagation of religion to others or the concept of Evangelizing the world. You may believe what you want about God, but religion must be purely individualistic and never collective. There should be no churches, assemblies, classes, etc.
Let everybody believe what they want; whatever makes them feel good, and that should be their religion. Personal religion must never be based upon doctrine, any concept of absolutes, or a consistent belief.
In the next post, we’ll take a look at postmodernism’s denial of dogmatism