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Future Communication of the Gospel 4

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You see, for me, this is where the trouble comes.  The Scriptures clearly say that "all things" are included in the restoration that God is doing because "all things" were a part of the original created order.  Nothing was created that has been created that was not created by him.  So, there is a grand meta-narrative.  The bible speaks clearly against postmodern philosophy's argument against a meta-narrative.  Well, maybe that's too strong.  There are certainly many framing-stories.  Each culture has one.  In fact, most versions of Christianity have their own framing-story.  We can learn a lot by looking at the stories, cultures, and belief-systems that frame our lives.  If you merely look at the world around you and know someone who grew up a little differently than you did, you can tell intuitively or by inductive reasoning that there are many framing stories.  This is actually why I love postmodernism (careful... please read on before judging me.)  I also love deconstructionism.  Here's why:  postmodernism is more of a descriptive philosophy of reality.  It describes the world in which we live.  Any idiot can look at the world and see that it is fragmented, that a lot things don't seem to fit together or make sense, and that in a diverse world with diverse cultures there are diverse beliefs and multiple framing-stories that people have used to make sense of it all.  Religion in general is a way of framing the diversity and fragmenation of the world into a larger meta-narrative that helps us human beings to cope and make sense of it all.  Religion exists in order to make order out of chaos and help us find connective meaning to our lives - connective meaning that we are connecting to something larger, more meaningful, more real.  The crisis of belief comes when you think you are only part of a smaller framing-story that doesn't make sense of reality and then life becomes meaningless because the story can't hold the whole.  That's when existentialism comes in (if I feel, that at least gives me meaning) or the will-to-power (if I take control, at least I can give some meaning to my life.)

So that's why I love deconstructionism.  Deconstructionism allows us to see what the framing stories are in our life, how they have helped us make sense of our lives, and where they came from.  It shows us the provincial nature of our world-view (geographically, experientially, culturally, philosophically) and shows us that other people have other stories that make sense of similar realities differently.  It's like comparative religious studies on a personal, cultural level.  So here's what I love - decontructionism allows us to see our beliefs for what they are, for their reach, and for whether or not they make sense of the real realities we face.  They allow us to compare our framing-stories to see which ones make more sense.  That's enough for now.  Digest that, and I'll say a little more about that in the next post.


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