JACKSON, Tenn. – June 21, 2001 – As a postmodernist society develops and changes, so must the way the Christian message is shared, according to Harry Lee Poe, professor of faith and culture at Union University and the author of the newly published book, Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.
“Many Christians have become alarmed by the changing culture that has been called postmodernity,” said Poe, “a belief in the absence of truth. However, while we are in a period of tremendous change, this outcome is in no way a settled matter.”
In his book, Poe identifies nine characteristics of this changing culture. He says that while there has been a rejection of certain features in western culture, the younger generation has not necessarily rejected Jesus Christ because they’ve never been exposed to him. Poe suggests ways in which the gospel actually answers much of the longing of the postmodern generation.
“What they’re longing for is a sense of wholeness…for some basis of peace. For instance, in their rejection of authority, they have really not seen any authority worth following – but what we find is that when this younger generation is converted, the songs that they sing actually praise the authority of Jesus Christ – what they’re searching for is a worthy authority,” asserts Poe.
Christian Witness in a Postmodern World is published by Abingdon Press and is available at Lifeway Christian Stores, Cokesbury Bookstores, and Amazon.Com.
Sara B. Horn,