Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Next Reformation by Carl Raschke

Has anyone read the book, The Next Reformation, by Carl Raschke? The subtitle is Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity

My church just finished a Wednesday class series on the seduction of Chrisitianity and we spent one whole evening discussing the postmodern movement in the church. The crux of the discussion was not slamming postmodernism, but recognizing and understanding the movement.

Here is what Discerning Reader has to say about the book:

Postmodernism has become a four-letter word among many evangelicals. It has been blamed for every malaise of contemporary society and vilified as the greatest threat to contemporary Christian faith. In The Next Reformation, Carl Raschke acquaints readers with what postmodernism really is, and more importantly, what it is not. He argues that evangelical Christianity has allied itself with non-Christian philosophies, including rationalism and evidentialism, and suggests that breaking this alliance and embracing postmodernism may allow evangelical Christianity to flourish once again as a progressive rather than reactionary force in the present-day world.

Raschke begins with a detailed analysis of the current state of postmodernism and evangelical thought. He provides a background to the controversy, revealing what the term has meant in different contexts and how it relates to contemporary evangelicalism. He describes the development of postmodernism, explores the writings of early postmodernist thinkers, and examines how postmodernist thought has influenced contemporary theology from Derridian deconstruction to Radical Orthodoxy.

Raschke then reveals the opportunities postmodernism brings to Christian faith. He examines how postmodern perspectives bring new meaning to the doctrines of faith alone and sola scriptura, illustrating how these doctrines can be revived by means of postmodern language and philosophy. Raschke goes on to explore how postmodern views of hierarchy and organization could alter the structure of the church toward the Reformation theme of the priesthood of all believers.

I'm thinking it might be a good book to read, but was wondering if anyone had read it and could recommend it to me.

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