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The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun. Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significan The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun. Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significance, no more value than animal or plant life. All social relationships, all institutions, all moral values are expressions and masks of the primal will to power. Alarmingly, these ideas have gripped the nation's universities, which turn out today's lawyers, judges, writers, journalists, teachers, and other culture-shapers. Through society's influences, postmodernist ideas have seeped into films, television, art, literature, politics; and, without his knowing it, into the head of the average person on the street. Christ has called us to proclaim the gospel to a culture grappling with postmodernism. We must understand our times. Then, through the power that Christ gives, we can counter the prevailing culture and proclaim His sufficiency to our society's very points of need. "While pundits wring their hands over the radicalism of political correctness, speech codes, and outrageous art, Gene Edward Veith takes unerring aim at the intellectual roots of it all. The most important book for anyone who wants to know what's behind the political correctness movement." --Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship "An ideal guide for Christians who don't want to be like the notorious military strategist preparing to fight the last war instead of the next one." --Herbert Schlossberg, author, Idols for Destruction "Pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern thought and points the way for Christians to take advantage of both." --E. Calvin Beisner, Covenant College


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The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun. Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significan The modern era is over. Assumptions that shaped twentieth-century thought and culture, the bridges we crossed to this present moment, have blown up. The postmodern age has begun. Just what is postmodernism? The average person would be shocked by its creed: Truth, meaning, and individual identity do not exist. These are social constructs. Human life has no special significance, no more value than animal or plant life. All social relationships, all institutions, all moral values are expressions and masks of the primal will to power. Alarmingly, these ideas have gripped the nation's universities, which turn out today's lawyers, judges, writers, journalists, teachers, and other culture-shapers. Through society's influences, postmodernist ideas have seeped into films, television, art, literature, politics; and, without his knowing it, into the head of the average person on the street. Christ has called us to proclaim the gospel to a culture grappling with postmodernism. We must understand our times. Then, through the power that Christ gives, we can counter the prevailing culture and proclaim His sufficiency to our society's very points of need. "While pundits wring their hands over the radicalism of political correctness, speech codes, and outrageous art, Gene Edward Veith takes unerring aim at the intellectual roots of it all. The most important book for anyone who wants to know what's behind the political correctness movement." --Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship "An ideal guide for Christians who don't want to be like the notorious military strategist preparing to fight the last war instead of the next one." --Herbert Schlossberg, author, Idols for Destruction "Pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern thought and points the way for Christians to take advantage of both." --E. Calvin Beisner, Covenant College

30 review for Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Written in 1994, in some places this feels dated, but in other places Veith's writing is so on point, so extremely relevant for 2021, perhaps even more so than when it was first written. For that alone I have to give it five stars (despite the occasional references to this newfangled thing called "cyberspace"). Veith references Postman's Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992). I can see pieces of Veith's writing influencing later books like The Benedict Option: A Strategy for C Written in 1994, in some places this feels dated, but in other places Veith's writing is so on point, so extremely relevant for 2021, perhaps even more so than when it was first written. For that alone I have to give it five stars (despite the occasional references to this newfangled thing called "cyberspace"). Veith references Postman's Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992). I can see pieces of Veith's writing influencing later books like The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation and Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Veith also references Michael Horton. I heard that Veith's "sequel" of sorts to this book is Post-Christian: A Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture (2020). I also want to read from Veith: Reading Between the Lines Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in a Postmodern World Modern Fascism: The Threat to the Judeo-Christian View The Soul of the Lion Witch, & the Wardrobe

  2. 4 out of 5

    Addy S.

    I read this for school over the course of several months. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it at all. Nothing against the author, it just wasn't my kind of book. I do believe the topic is an important subject to talk about, but I think it could've been explained a little simpler with less science-y words. XD Rating it an honest two stars. I read this for school over the course of several months. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it at all. Nothing against the author, it just wasn't my kind of book. I do believe the topic is an important subject to talk about, but I think it could've been explained a little simpler with less science-y words. XD Rating it an honest two stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    On the whole this was superb read, though I thought some things could be improved. More general terms when referring to technology would (possibly) make the book less dated in years to come. Also, I occasionally felt as if information was too rapid-fire, without enough explanation, but then, this might be me reading books too late at night. Veith make a number of predictions - a rather brave thing to do - not all of which are correct, but he avoids deadending his book by offering several possibi On the whole this was superb read, though I thought some things could be improved. More general terms when referring to technology would (possibly) make the book less dated in years to come. Also, I occasionally felt as if information was too rapid-fire, without enough explanation, but then, this might be me reading books too late at night. Veith make a number of predictions - a rather brave thing to do - not all of which are correct, but he avoids deadending his book by offering several possibilities instead of one, in most cases. Of the three options he suggests for the broader Western culture, one (while not completely accurate in the details), that the West may become something of a "Technopoly" where the culture is increasingly technology-orientated, hits a bull's eye. The others (being "deified parochial communities" (like Eastern Europe after Communism collapsed) or a "deified ecumenical empire," like Ancient Rome) are still real possibilities. The two best aspects are Veith's astute cultural observations (to know where we're heading, it's helpful to know what train we're on) and the hope he offers the Christian Church in this, the twilight of modernism. Too often Christians seem to think if not Armageddon, then, well, things (vague term) are getting worse, so looking forward to Imagedding outta here. My brothers and sisters seem to think that the ultimate insult I can hurl is "That's postmodern." I don't know why. This book didn't change that. But it did help me see that post-modernism has several positive outcomes for the Church - art (esp. Christian art) can be interpreted in its original context once again; modernism's claims to know objective truth only get weaker (epistemology is the gaping hole in modernism's armour); and the Church is uniquely poised to answer the imbalances of emphasizing either the one or the many (postmodernism and modernism, respectively). It's so good, in fact, that I think it's a must-read for every Christian today.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zornes

    Tremendously helpful book in sifting through the worldview that has taken root in our present culture. This book was at times prophetic, and at other times outdated. Where Veith was prophetic, he was profoundly "ahead of the times;" he identified trends and ways of thinking that are now daily displayed in the comments section of every news article. However, it was also "outdated" in one sense because he could not envision the role which the internet and then social media would have on the "postm Tremendously helpful book in sifting through the worldview that has taken root in our present culture. This book was at times prophetic, and at other times outdated. Where Veith was prophetic, he was profoundly "ahead of the times;" he identified trends and ways of thinking that are now daily displayed in the comments section of every news article. However, it was also "outdated" in one sense because he could not envision the role which the internet and then social media would have on the "postmodern mind." This was published in 1994, and thus, obviously composed sometime before that, and we all know how much has changed since then. As I read, I kept thinking that a follow up edition would be quite apropos. Veith was quite gracious and pastoral in his interaction with postmodernism. He acknowledged that some of what is happening in the transition from "modernism" to "postmodernism" is a return to the true importance of our emotions and feelings (or as Jonathan Edwards may have put it, our affections). And the role which they have in human experience, reason, and belief. Modernism held a cold, unfeeling, machine-like view of the cosmos, humans were merely widgets which the universe churned out. Postmodernism has placed a greater importance on experience and feelings, which we should not be afraid of. However, we have seen where unbridled pursuit of experience and the supremacy of feelings as a guide for truth has brought us...we don't know the difference between boys and girls. Veith reminds us of the importance of biblical thinking, while showing that Christians share certain portions of postmodernist thought; we must use these "overlaps" to reach the postmodernist culture. However, postmodernism, like all other "isms," is fraught with sin and Veith shows how the Bible roundly condemns the sinful thinking behind much of postmodernism's worldview.  This was a very easy book to read, and all Christians would benefit from this thorough study of our culture.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gina Johnson

    AmblesideOnline year 9 book. This book was written in 1994 so it is a bit dated but it was really interesting too look at things the author predicted might happen if postmodernism was taken to its logical extremes and see how he was right and that things are the way he predicted. It was pretty interesting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Veith, as always, write clearly and accessibly without compromising the complexity of the ideas he's discussing. This was a great read, and he is spot on as to how Christianity is vs. should respond to the postmodern ideas we are surrounded by. He does not dismiss postmodernism wholesale, especially in recognizing the flaws and failures of modernism and the damage modernism did to Christianity. This book, though, was written 20 years ago now, so it was interesting to see how some predictions wer Veith, as always, write clearly and accessibly without compromising the complexity of the ideas he's discussing. This was a great read, and he is spot on as to how Christianity is vs. should respond to the postmodern ideas we are surrounded by. He does not dismiss postmodernism wholesale, especially in recognizing the flaws and failures of modernism and the damage modernism did to Christianity. This book, though, was written 20 years ago now, so it was interesting to see how some predictions were realized, others not, and how underestimated the influence of the internet was at this time. I would have to disagree with Veith on a few points, and while it may be easy to dismiss my views as coming from one fairly saturated by postmodernism, I think the views he expresses are a bit too stuck still in modernism. One was the view that the two-party political system was being torn down, and that this was a bad thing. It still seems to be holding firm to me, and in the fight to keep control, the two parties have twisted the primary system to suit the continuation of the two parties, resulting in the travesty of the 2016 nominations. The other was the praise of modern medicine and dismissal of postmodern distrust of modern medicine and turn to alternatives rooted in paganism. Medicine is a great benefit to us, and greatly benefited from Modernisms trust in science and rationalism, in experiments and finding scientific truth. However, like everything else that came from Modernism, it dismissed needlessly anything that smacked of traditional or supernatural methods. There is much good to be found in natural methods that have been embraced by paganism, but were in many cases also gifts of God. A discerning Christian can make use of nature without taking part in paganism. Modern medicine was also dominated by white males. This does not mean it is wrong or needs to be dismissed, but we are more and more finding that medical treatment that works best for white males is not necessarily what works best for females or those with different ethnic heritage. Medical practitioners need to be aware of these differences and not dismiss them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Hanson

    This is a very Insightful and makes you think about what you truly believe, but it is hard to follow and is boring at a lot of points

  8. 5 out of 5

    Longfellow

    This book, published in 1994, ranges from being spot-on even 26 years after its publication to making assumptions and statements I completely disagree with. When Veith describes postmodern values and culture, I find him accurate and insightful; when he makes predictions about where postmodern culture will lead us, he often displays prescience. Having a quarter-century worth of hindsight regarding these predictions, I was consistently impressed. However, when Veith is interpretive or evaluative, This book, published in 1994, ranges from being spot-on even 26 years after its publication to making assumptions and statements I completely disagree with. When Veith describes postmodern values and culture, I find him accurate and insightful; when he makes predictions about where postmodern culture will lead us, he often displays prescience. Having a quarter-century worth of hindsight regarding these predictions, I was consistently impressed. However, when Veith is interpretive or evaluative, I find myself more often at odds with his perspective. These bits of commentary sometimes have a judgmental tone and lose credibility in my estimation, not because they’re judgmental but because I disagree with his judgments. In doing so, I couldn’t help but realize how very much a child of postmodernism I am. Its values are largely the core of my own, namely relativism, uncertainty, and multiculturalism. In contrast, Veith’s judgments are cast through the lens of fairly conservative Christianity, a faith to which I lay claim but which I view differently than Veith in numerous ways. It was quite enjoyable to react and sometimes interact with Veith’s thoughts and arguments. If I had taken the time to write down all my thoughts I would have ended up with a book of my own. I definitely got more out of reading this book in 2019-2020 than I would have had I read it fully when I first purchased it in 1998.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steve Hemmeke

    Veith ably observes how postmodernism has changed the cultural landscape in art, movies, literature, politics and religion. The confusion of Babel has smashed into the modern world like a wrecking ball, leaving little of the bubbling confidence that we can fix all our problems if we just try hard enough. But postmodernism swings the other way, skeptical of believing any story that claims to explain reality. We have to construct our own reality and meaning in life, they say. Christianity rightly c Veith ably observes how postmodernism has changed the cultural landscape in art, movies, literature, politics and religion. The confusion of Babel has smashed into the modern world like a wrecking ball, leaving little of the bubbling confidence that we can fix all our problems if we just try hard enough. But postmodernism swings the other way, skeptical of believing any story that claims to explain reality. We have to construct our own reality and meaning in life, they say. Christianity rightly critiques this by pointing to the ultimate reality of God and His revealed Word, a solid foundation on which to perceive and handle truth. We can take dominion of this world to an extent, and DO things. I enjoyed Veith’s converse point even more, I think, though. Christians should welcome postmodernism’s critique of modernism in part. Most folks have set aside a naïve trust in the abilities of man to solve man’s problems. This opens people to the gospel in a new way. They see the problem and don’t see a solution. The problem is most are now prejudiced against accepting any solution from anywhere. Our current response to Trump is a good example: “Well, there’s a better chance of things improving with him than with Hillary.” This is the ringing endorsement I hear most often. Not agreement with his policies, not repeating his plans to lead. People are overwhelmingly pessimistic about solutions today. They refuse to be impressed. The cool response to everything is now, “Meh.” Veith calls it a cultivated blandness. This is the fruit of postmodernism. There IS an absolute truth that we can count on outside of ourselves. Humanity is capable of great things, but we cannot fix all our problems by ourselves. Our knowledge and might is fragile. We are dependent on our Creator. At the end, Veith prophetically (in 1994) says Christians will come to be targeted for holding to absolute assertions about truth regarding God, ethics, and salvation. When the foundations are destroyed (Psalm 11), what can the righteous do? There appears to be no answer, except that God is in His temple. HE is the answer to the chaos of Babel, to the refusal to accept answers to our questions and hurts in life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter Jones

    This is good introduction to postmodernism. Veith wrote this book in 1994 so we are twenty years removed from his critique. But I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I can see how he was right in many areas, but also wrong in a few. The strengths of the book were: He consistently showed how postmodern thinking can open doors for the Christian faith. For example, the idea of community and culture being central can make a church that has a solid community life influential on those around it. He also s This is good introduction to postmodernism. Veith wrote this book in 1994 so we are twenty years removed from his critique. But I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I can see how he was right in many areas, but also wrong in a few. The strengths of the book were: He consistently showed how postmodern thinking can open doors for the Christian faith. For example, the idea of community and culture being central can make a church that has a solid community life influential on those around it. He also says that Christians can utilize the postmodern "hermeneutic of suspicion" to draw out sin. He pointed out that postmodernism is built on power and desire. When there are no absolutes desire dominates and those who have power get what they desire. Thus the goal is to gain power so we can get what we want. He calls Christians back to a confessional Christianity build on solid doctrinal truth and morality. He does a good job of talking about technology and how it has helped usher in postmodernism without completely disparaging technology. The idea that truth is determined by societies/cultures was helpful. It is not so much that truth is a construct of the individual, as it is a construct of the society in which the individual is a part of. Thus, every sub-group has it's own truth. There is no overarching group. I enjoyed the book, but want to read a more recent treatment of postmodernism to gain more insight into it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Matt and I just finished up this book for our book club together. I love Gene Veith and have read much from him. This book had a totally different tone than the other books of his I have read. This one read like a textbook to me. In saying that I do not intend to suggest that it was dry at all. It was very interesting and eye opening. I really did not understand the difference between postmodern vs. postmodernism until I read this book. Postmodernism is straight craziness! My favorite part of th Matt and I just finished up this book for our book club together. I love Gene Veith and have read much from him. This book had a totally different tone than the other books of his I have read. This one read like a textbook to me. In saying that I do not intend to suggest that it was dry at all. It was very interesting and eye opening. I really did not understand the difference between postmodern vs. postmodernism until I read this book. Postmodernism is straight craziness! My favorite part of the book is part three on postmodernism and society, particularly chapter 10 where Veith has described our current society to a T. Veith also does a great job in explaining how Christians can enter into conversation with postmodern people to share the truth of Christianity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Pretty good overview of the topic from a Christian perspective. Importantly, Veith is willing to see good points both in our postmodern times and even in the postmodernist philosophical approach (at one point he recommends quite persuasively that Christians adopt the postmodernist "hermeneutic of suspicion," turned of course to Christian ends and against sin). Major weakness here is a lack of engagement with the primary sources of postmodernist thought: almost everything is filtered through the Pretty good overview of the topic from a Christian perspective. Importantly, Veith is willing to see good points both in our postmodern times and even in the postmodernist philosophical approach (at one point he recommends quite persuasively that Christians adopt the postmodernist "hermeneutic of suspicion," turned of course to Christian ends and against sin). Major weakness here is a lack of engagement with the primary sources of postmodernist thought: almost everything is filtered through the lens of secondary sources.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Plemmons

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In finishing the chapter on the critique of being human, it is clear that Veith has an expansive knowledge of fascism and is butting the origination of postmodernity to a communistic worldview that de-emphasizes the individual and stresses the communal cultural education of a people with an almost utilitarian mindset. Individualism is bad, as such are individual ideas. Historical figures are only products of the time they live in, and cannot have personality that is full of life and potentially In finishing the chapter on the critique of being human, it is clear that Veith has an expansive knowledge of fascism and is butting the origination of postmodernity to a communistic worldview that de-emphasizes the individual and stresses the communal cultural education of a people with an almost utilitarian mindset. Individualism is bad, as such are individual ideas. Historical figures are only products of the time they live in, and cannot have personality that is full of life and potentially so much of a bright spot in history that it influences multiple people.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul D. Miller

    Christian writing on postmodernism tends to fall into two camps: uncritical acceptance, and uncritical condemnation. This book is a little closer to the latter, but by and large a pretty good, even-handed assessment. It is a little dated and is not a scholarly treatment, so some of its cultural references are both out of date and sometimes shallow and crotchety. Look past that and you'll learn something from this surprisingly good book. Christian writing on postmodernism tends to fall into two camps: uncritical acceptance, and uncritical condemnation. This book is a little closer to the latter, but by and large a pretty good, even-handed assessment. It is a little dated and is not a scholarly treatment, so some of its cultural references are both out of date and sometimes shallow and crotchety. Look past that and you'll learn something from this surprisingly good book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A very good introduction to postmodernism for Christians.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Oops, somehow missed marking this amazing book as "read." Oops, somehow missed marking this amazing book as "read."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I like Veith, and it's not that I don't think what he's written is worth more stars but sometimes an author needs to wrap things up and move on... I like Veith, and it's not that I don't think what he's written is worth more stars but sometimes an author needs to wrap things up and move on...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abrahamus

    Published over 25 years ago (1994) but exceptionally relevant for today’s cultural landscape. (Indeed, we are regrettably witnessing the sordid fulfillment of many of the trajectories which this book quite accurately predicted.) Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the rot which at the time of Veith’s writing had thoroughly infected academia and has now been spewed forth into the rest of society at large. The primary tenets of postmodernist ideology (taken from p158): •Social Constr Published over 25 years ago (1994) but exceptionally relevant for today’s cultural landscape. (Indeed, we are regrettably witnessing the sordid fulfillment of many of the trajectories which this book quite accurately predicted.) Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the rot which at the time of Veith’s writing had thoroughly infected academia and has now been spewed forth into the rest of society at large. The primary tenets of postmodernist ideology (taken from p158): •Social Constructivism – Meaning, morality, and truth do not exist objectively; rather they are mere constructs invented and imposed by society. •Cultural Determinism – Individuals are wholly shaped by cultural forces, the “prison house” of language, in particular. •The Rejection of Individual Identity – Collective/group identities are primary. •The Rejection of Humanism – Humankind represents nothing exceptional amid the other “planetary species,” and is in fact the most deplorable, due to its tendencies for oppression, exclusion, and exploitation of the natural environment. (The self-contradictions inherent within such valuations in light of other salient points listed here should be obvious.) •The Denial of the Transcendent – There are no absolutes, only raw materialism. •Power Reductionism – The primal will to power is at the root of all human relationships, institutions, and creative endeavors. •The Rejection of Reason – The idea of objective truth is illusory, and the desire to impose order upon life misguided at best and thoroughly wicked at worst. Impulsiveness, subjectivity, and a “radical openness to existence” are the only legitimate modes of operating. •Revolutionary Critique of the Existing Order – Modern society, with its rationalism, order, and insistence on objective truth claims, must be supplanted by a new world order, consisting of a society which is radically segmented into constituent groups which nevertheless (paradoxically) somehow share a communal existence. Veith effectively traces the historical arc and ultimate implications of each strain of postmodernist ideology, including an honest appraisal of various ways in which Christian individuals and institutions have contributed to the overall devolution. It should also be noted that his critique of postmodernist ideology is not entirely negative: he acknowledges certain points of legitimacy, especially in its various reactions against modernist/Enlightenment ideology, which has its own set of acknowledged problems. But throwing the baby out with the bathwater, as postmodernism most certainly does, necessitates an overall rejection, and Veith effectively demonstrates at every turn how a clear understanding and articulation of the Gospel holds forth the only hope of resolution and redemption to the morass of self-contradiction and self-loathing which postmodernist ideology represents, on the whole.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey N. Hora

    I finally had to stop reading this about two chapters in. The approach and tenor of the book is to shade everything written with what I recognize as a Evangelistic White Christian viewpoint, rather than a more balanced and perhaps questioning approach that could be taken. There is a LOT of binary ("black-or-white") presentation while not being willing to admit to the complexity of modernism or post-modernism. There is certainly no assessment of the power plays of Western Christian culture and it I finally had to stop reading this about two chapters in. The approach and tenor of the book is to shade everything written with what I recognize as a Evangelistic White Christian viewpoint, rather than a more balanced and perhaps questioning approach that could be taken. There is a LOT of binary ("black-or-white") presentation while not being willing to admit to the complexity of modernism or post-modernism. There is certainly no assessment of the power plays of Western Christian culture and its impact on how post-modernism may have arisen from frustration with and greater awareness of this culture's place of power and collusion with powers, both legitimate and illegitimate over the millennia. Numerous references to justifying commentary are from self-same writers from this cultural background, as opposed to other voices in the post-modern discussion. I'm normally one for "toughing it out" if I feel the book as something that I can learn. I don't feel this book fits that description.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    This is a detailed look into the Postmodern age, it's strengths and faults, it's potential and failings. Veith begins by addressing the prevalent idea that there are no absolutes, and then he goes on to consider areas of society in which that "foundation" shows fruit. He talks in detail about art, performance, architecture, TV, music, literature, movies, politics, and religion and the damaging effects of the postmodernist worldview. Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion that "if the foundations This is a detailed look into the Postmodern age, it's strengths and faults, it's potential and failings. Veith begins by addressing the prevalent idea that there are no absolutes, and then he goes on to consider areas of society in which that "foundation" shows fruit. He talks in detail about art, performance, architecture, TV, music, literature, movies, politics, and religion and the damaging effects of the postmodernist worldview. Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion that "if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The truth is: God is God, and we are not. He is in control, and we must pray that he would use us, in our time, to bring this world back to Christ. How desperately we need him now!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Will

    Pretty amazing that this was written back in the 90s. Extremely relevant still today and will continue to be so. I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s and did not see this stuff coming at all in terms of postmodernism and relativism. I was pretty sheltered in my Evangelical home. He seems to address things such as critical theory and identity politics (among much more, but this stood out due to current cultural climate). The main difference is he seemed to be responding to the academic eli Pretty amazing that this was written back in the 90s. Extremely relevant still today and will continue to be so. I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s and did not see this stuff coming at all in terms of postmodernism and relativism. I was pretty sheltered in my Evangelical home. He seems to address things such as critical theory and identity politics (among much more, but this stood out due to current cultural climate). The main difference is he seemed to be responding to the academic elites and now we see this kind of thinking on the ground in the presence of the everyday American. Good book for getting some bearings on the worldview issues.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    This was an excellent assessment of postmodern thinking and how that plays out in culture. It's really amazing how far-seeing Veith was in the predictions he made about how this would play out in the future. Unfortunately, it seems we have embraced all of the worst parts of the ideas and played those out while the some parts of the Church haven't stood for truth as well as they should. I'm curious to read a book now about where we are today as we seemed to have moved into a more extreme version This was an excellent assessment of postmodern thinking and how that plays out in culture. It's really amazing how far-seeing Veith was in the predictions he made about how this would play out in the future. Unfortunately, it seems we have embraced all of the worst parts of the ideas and played those out while the some parts of the Church haven't stood for truth as well as they should. I'm curious to read a book now about where we are today as we seemed to have moved into a more extreme version of postmodernism.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo Murphy

    My son recommended that I read this book. How right he was! It is a must read for all Christians. It made sense of the many contradictions in our current society, providing hope and future for the person of faith, while delineating the concerning elements as well. I did not agree with 100% of Veith’s viewpoints, specifically regarding issues of oppression and at times, art. Nonetheless, I found his a necessary voice in these postmodern times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Ventura

    This was written about 25 years ago and is surprisingly accurate in predicting what our present culture would look like. Veith notes that postmodernism will try to rewrite the history books in opposition to "patriarchy," "Euro-centrism," and the Western literary canon. A sad and sobering read but very good. This was written about 25 years ago and is surprisingly accurate in predicting what our present culture would look like. Veith notes that postmodernism will try to rewrite the history books in opposition to "patriarchy," "Euro-centrism," and the Western literary canon. A sad and sobering read but very good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Booth

    Without a doubt the best book I have read thus far this year. Every Christian must read this book. If you are wondering how we got where we are, with the move towards totalitarianism and utilitarianism in politics, with the downgrade in the education system, and with the woke social justice warriors and cancel culture advocates in our society, then you must read this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Kuvakas

    An excellent overview of the post-modern church and how it came to be what it is. Veith offers a sobering look at our past but has encouragement for those who think the church is in trouble. This book is well researched, well written and a necessary read for the apologists of our time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zak Metz

    Just don't lose your grip and assume everyone has bought into the philosophy that everything you ever thought you knew is wrong. Just don't lose your grip and assume everyone has bought into the philosophy that everything you ever thought you knew is wrong.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Written in 1994, I thought I’d missed the boat on this one. Veith proves me wrong with this tome that is so prescient it is nearly prophetic. Way to imprison me with your words, Mr. Veith.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    Dragged on a little at times (and I had to do some first-sentence-of-each-paragraph-reading) but it was a really fantastic book and a great resource.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Montijo

    Rec by Hiram Diaz

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