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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Narrative

From the May/June 2010 Imprimis, by Charles R. Kesler:
Postmodernists speak of narrative--one of those words one hears a lot of these days in politics--rather than truth. Narrative means something like this: Even if we can't find meaning in any kind of objective reality out there, we can still create meaning by telling each other stories, by constructing our own narratives--and the more inclusive and empathetic these narratives, the better. President Obama often speaks this post-modern language. For example, here is part of a discussion of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in his book, The Audacity of Hope
"Implicit in [the Constitution's] structure, in the very idea of ordered liberty, was a rejection of absolute truth, the infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or 'ism,' any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single, unalterable course, or drive both majorities and minorities into the cruelties of the Inquisition, the pogrom, the gulag, or the jihad."
So our President believes the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence rejects the notion of absolute truth? I suppose the Founders simply wrote their own narrative of self-evident truths.
. . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .

1 comment:

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Is it just me or is 'post-modernism' in general icky. ?
Excellent cull from Imprism. I used to see those about the house growing up. Haven't seen one in a while.
Seriously, it seems post-modernism sneaks it's influence into everything, allowing & fascilitating capable but misguided and often unfounded(folks with limited foundations) into narratives & opinions about deep subjects, about which they know nothing -- or just enough to be dangerous.
Have you read Misc Musings of mother of 5 (blog)... she often talks about Gen X & the fall out from influences on evangelical churches. Interesting perspective she has. Especially regarding youth. this is a new post re:...
baby is beautiful. :)

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