Postmodern fallacies

A response to Merold Westphal
In a provocative and erudite essay, Merold Westphal argues that postmodern philosophy contributes to a Christian understanding of the implications of finitude and original sin with respect to knowledge (Blind spots: Christianity and postmodern philosophy, June 14). Despite the atheism of leading postmodernists, Westphal maintains, Christians can find wisdom in their work and not fall prey to their errors.

I argue that the errors of postmodernism outweigh whatever wisdom it possesses. Instead of finding intellectual encouragement for Christian doctrines in the work of postmodernists, I discern an attack on the Christian worldview in the areas of textual meaning, truth and knowledge.


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