QOTD: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Bible

In today’s climate, anyone who prizes reason and truth and makes use of them in the defense of the faith is apt to be dismissed as a modernist. Equally, anyone who uses imagination and stories is apt to be either praised or dismissed as postmodern, depending on the speaker’s view of postmodernism. But the fact is that the Bible itself is the grandest of grand stories, yet it prizes truth and reason without being modernist, and it prizes countless stories within its overall story without being postmodern either. In short, the Bible is both rational and experiential, propositional as well as relational, so that genuinely biblical arguments work in any age and with any person. Modernism and postmodernism, in contrast, both have assets as well as liabilities, and postmodernism was for a time the greater danger only because it was then the current danger. Christian persuasion, by contrast, aims to be neither modern nor postmodern but biblical and holistic, and therefore faithful.[1]


  1. Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015), 34.  ↩