Apologetics In A Postmodern Age
The Challenge of Postmodernity
Introduction by Don Matzat:
What makes the truth claims of Christianity any different or any more credible than the truth claims of competing religion, New Age gurus, or popular cults? Should we be ready to defend the truth of Christianity against these competing "truths"?
We are living in an age of relativism. Pontius Pilate asked our Lord Jesus the question "What is truth?" We ask the same question today. Is there such a thing as absolute truth? The issue is no longer truth versus untruth, belief versus unbelief, or faith versus doubt. We are dealing with a postmodern world that speaks of "competing truths." The question is, what makes our truth claims any different from the truth-claims of any other religion, cult, or New Age group? Were the claims of Jesus Christ and His disciples any more legitimate than the claims of the "Heavens Gate guru" and his disciples? If so, what is the difference?
In this edition of the Issues, Etc. Journal, we will examine this vital apologetic concern. May the material that follows help you understand this age and confront those who believe that truth is relative.
SPECIAL! --- MUST READ --- 7,500 WORD ESSAY
From the Fall 1997 Issues, Etc. Journal:
by Don Matzat
o Disillusioned Rationalists
o Truth is Subjective: It is True If it Works
o Do Not Criticize!
o The "Heavens Gate"
Article by LCMS President Barry:
Issues Impacting the Synod: Postmodernism (President's Newsletter, February 1998, pages 3-6)