Friday, 30 May 2014

Deconstructing Postmodernism

Postmodernism attempts to deconstruct every text, image, architecture or event in adherence to the mission to destroy absolute truth. A person once asked leading Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias to see a postmodern building to which he asked "What is a postmodern building?". The person replied, "A building that has no meaning," because life is meaningless. Isn't it ironic that in saying a building has no meaning, it is to claim that it has a meaning: to portray life as meaningless is meaning in itself. However, the postmodernist would argue that the meaning is intrinsic in life itself and it is up to to people to interpret how they choose to live their own lives. To choose how to live one's life is to choose what one believes because each individual lives according to a set of standards. 

Postmodernism, in effect, is free thinking. It promises to offer freedom from the "old dinosaur" of morality and truth. However, in offering such freedom, it must have a set of standards to determine how such freedom is to be used and more importantly, how it should not be used. 

Owing to a lack of a foundation, postmodernism must borrow its restraints on freedom from a set of absolute moral standards that the Christian worldview provides. Without borrowing such restraints, postmodernism collapses like a building on sand. The deliberate attempt to ignore God's moral Law is like the foolish woman in Proverbs 14 who "tears her own house down".