How Long Is the Bridge to Postmoderns? (Part 3)
Take into account three changes in how people now think, and you can get a hearing.See theme
What are some of the mental habits of our postmodern fellow countrymen? Painting with very broad brushstrokes, we can characterize the postmodern mind as skeptical of certainty, which we explored in the first article in this series, rejecting of moral absolutes, explored in the second article and on guard against control, our subject below.
Language Games: Rhetoric and Politics and Power
In its classical sense, the word rhetoric was mostly neutral and simply meant the art of persuasion, but today the word is mostly negative and connotes manipulation and prevarication. Whether neutral or negative, the postmodern mind sees rhetoric behind all language use. Words may refer only to other words, but they still have the power to influence perception; thus all human communication is seen as an attempt to persuade, manipulate, or subject the receiver.
This includes the words of Scripture and the interpretation (words ...