Christianity in the Contemporary Situation





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Book Chapter




This chapter outlines some of the most important figures and schools of Christian thought that have tended to see post-modernity as an opportunity, despite the difficulties it raises. Although post-modernism describes a great deal of our contemporary situation, it does not encompass every single feature of today’s world. The post-modern condition, then, is one of fragmentation in which universal claims do not have credibility. Sympathetic critics of post-modern thought point out that, although difference is important to acknowledge, claiming radical incommensurability among different things fails to recognize that similarity sometimes accurately describes relationships among things. If the post-modern condition is one of fragmentation and a lack of universals, one response is to insist that Christian theology consists of its own internal meanings, which do not need to justify themselves to the outside observer. Christianity needs to be reframed so as to make clear the way in which it speaks to contemporary human beings.

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The Christian Theological Tradition, 4th ed.

Citation/Other Information

McInroy, Mark. “Christianity in the Contemporary Situation.” In The Christian Theological Tradition, 1:537–554. 4th ed. Routledge, 2020.

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