Postmodern Theory – A Broad and Ambiguous View of Reality
Postmodern theory is a broad and somewhat ambiguous belief system tied to the philosophical and cultural reaction to the convictions of Modernism (sometimes equated with Humanism). Postmodernism is the philosophical proposal that reality is ultimately inaccessible by human investigation, that knowledge is a social construction, that truth-claims are political power plays, and that the meaning of words is to be determined by readers not authors. In brief, Postmodern theory sees reality as what individuals or social groups make it to be.
Postmodern Theory – The Individual Elements
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Postmodern Theory – Conclusion
The impact of Postmodern theory is clearly seen in cultural perceptions regarding truth and morality. According to George Barna, 72% of Americans agree, "There is no such thing as absolute truth; two people could define truth in totally conflicting ways, but both could still be correct."1 71% of Americans agree, "There are no absolute standards that apply to everybody in all situations."2 53% of those who claim there is no such thing as absolute truth identify themselves as born-again Christians.3 42% of those who identify themselves as evangelical Christians agree, "There is no such thing as absolute truth; two people could define truth in totally conflicting ways but both could still be correct."4 Indeed, Postmodern theory has saturated the mainstream and religious culture of the 21st century.