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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Christianity in a Postmodern World

Karl Barth, in a play on Ludwig Feuerback's name, once wrote that Christianity would have to pass through the "fiery brook" of Feuerbach's critique in order to address the world with integrity. In a nod to deconstruction, I would agree that we must be very zen when we come to the art of interpreting tradition and Christpicasso.jpgian faith. It is said that when you begin zen training, a mountain is a mountain; during zen, the mountain is no longer a mountain; and after zen, a mountain is a mountain.

The point, of course, is that when we engage in the process of deconstructing our cherished realities, nothing seems the same anymore. This leads to fear and consternation because we do not know what to believe. The solid, settled, and secure is no longer thus. The mountain is no longer a mountain. When we embrace the critical deconsrtruction of our naive world constructions, when we see the mountain for what it truly is, it ceases to be obscured by our naivete. In the move to postcritical reconstruction, however, we have a new mountain, a different mountain, but a mountain nonetheless. As Christian faith takes its journey up the mountain of postmodernity, it will also find a new faith, one vastly different but the same nevertheless.

- Jeffrey C. Pugh, The Matrix of Faith: Reclaiming a Christian Vision (New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001), p. 27.

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