Thursday, August 18, 2016

Being Certain in Today's World

Since way back yonder, people have been dreaming up various philosophies to follow. Sometimes they make their own, and other times, they dominate Western culture itself and get labeled. Premodernism began somewhere around 1650, but I doubt that people said, "Why yes, these are premodern times and I'm fully supportive of premodern philosophy". Modernism began to take hold, and lasted about 300 years.


The dominant philosophy of the age is "postmodernism". One of it's main points is that we cannot be certain of anything. The Christian faith gives us this certainty. Two lessons are linked that give excellent insights into what we're dealing with.
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About 1950, the philosophy called postmodernism began to take hold, and it's mighty depressing. One of its key points is one certainty: nothing is certain. While postmodernism contributes to atheism, a consistent postmodernist has disdain for the faiths both atheism and Christianity.

To deepen the waters, not only are Christians certain of the existence of God, creation, the deity of Jesus Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, his return, the Final Judgement, and more, but we have faith. Now, some atheopaths malign and misrepresent the word faith by redefining it beyond what the Bible tells us. They add an element of uncertainty, or even flat-out lie, saying that faith is 'believing in something even though you know it's not true".

The Christian faith offers certainty as well as salvation. Here are two messages by Phil Johnson that get rather involved, but are well worth your time and can let you know the pervasive mindset that we're dealing with. They are free to listen online or download. The first one is an overview of postmodernism, "A Beginner's Guide to Postmodernism" (53 minutes). Second, and I really hope you'll listen to this one even if you pass on the other one, is the 72-minute, "A Certain Uncertainty"