A Critique of Postmodernism in the Church with both Bite and Love

Weekend Musings and Quotes from My Reading

I am reading a fantastic book that critiques, negotiates, and corrects some of the worst and best of postmodern thinkers. Michael E. Wittmer’s Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough (Zondervan, 2008) is sensitive, fair, clear, funny, generous, thoughtful and most of all, biblical. I am in the early chapters now and will do a book review when I am finished but Brain McLaren and his school of thought have not been treated more fairly or lovingly than this.

If you have read some of the postmodern critiques of the church and found their questions and observations to be brilliant and compelling but their answers to be disappointing and alarming, you need to read this book. In fact, you need to read this book if you are going to be any kind of leader of the church in this generation. Michael Wittmer’s book may just save your ministry.

Each chapter in the book “presents a common conservative extreme and a postmodern overcorrection, then closes with what I believe is the correct, biblical view.” (p. 31)

On “Real” Christians

“Genuine Christians never stop serving, because they never stop loving, and they never stop loving, because they never stop believing.” (p. 20)

On “Real” Faith

“We want our families to practice our Christianity, to feed the poor, bring justice to the oppressed, and share our lives with a community of fellow travelers who embrace us just as we are. We value the Christian life as much as the Christian faith.” (p. 21)

On the non-loving legalistic way of some expressions of Western Christianity

“Embarrassed by this history of abuse, post-modern youth strive to embrace everyone, especially those who are different or disenfranchised. If their parents’ claims to knowledge gave them [their parents] power to hurt others, then the surest way to stop the abuse is to question anyone’s access to objective, universal facts. … Every voice must have its say, the more diverse the better, for as we listen to various perspectives, we will appreciate where they are coming from and learn not to criticize.” (p. 28)

“And who can argue with the postmodern critique that those ‘in the know’ have often used their position to oppress the weak? Christians should be leading the charge against this abuse of power, for we claim to follow a Savior who humbly befriended those on the outside looking in, whether women, lepers, or tax collectors.” (p. 29)

One thought on “A Critique of Postmodernism in the Church with both Bite and Love

  1. Just ordered it through BestBookBuys.com, $4.29 delivered.

    Are you familiar with Wittmer’s Heaven is a Place on Earth; Why Everything You Do Matters to God? This volume played an important role in my understanding of the Kingdom in the here and now. Probably time to reread it!


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