Gospel & Culture blog
Christian leaders spend a lot of time talking about "how to reach Gen Xers and millennial who grew up with postmodernism." The old apologetics of CS Lewis and Josh McDowell don't work for kids (or adults) that don't expect religion to be rational, and don't think history can be known, and don't think truth can be grasped. So how do we reach these kids? With actions, rather than words? With gripping testimonies? Will it take miracles and dreams to capture them, rather than air tight logic?
I think the Gen Xers and millennials need to learn air tight logic- I think they need to learn to expect rationality; to grasp the value of the old apologetics. In other words, I'm not ready to roll over and admit defeat to postmodernism. If Postmodernism is the obstacle that is keeping them from understanding the Christian faith, we need to remove the obstacle, rather than continuing to leap over it or walk around it. IN other words, rather than ask "how do we reach postmoderns with the gospel" I think we should keep asking "how do we help postmoderns be more rational and
Why Barber's Jihad vs. McWorld is a good conversation starter, but not sound economics or political theory
I wish I could assign Benjamin Barber's Jihad vs. McWorld for one of my classes on intercultural communication or culture change, but Barber's prolonged rant against Capitalism undoes any usefulness in his theory about the tension between tribalism and globalization. Barber's ground-breaking thesis (twenty years ago) was that globalization (which he calls McWorld) and tribalism (which he calls Jihad) both undermine the nation state. Modern states, in his mind, serve as the checks and balances. Unfettered globalization would undermine freedom by compelling us all to speak the same language (English), eat the same diet (McDonalds) shop in the same stores (WalMart). On the other hand, tribalism undermines the homogenizing nation state by accentuating ethnic and religious differences. "Global economic forces weaken the nation-state in developed areas where it is mos democratic and strengthen it in the Third World where it is least democratic, imperiling liberty in both cases" (56). It was a fascinating theory as globalization was just taking off in 1995.
Kenneth Nehrbass, Ph.D.
Professor at Biola University, Author, Pastor