For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. -Romans 1:20
As a faithful atheist, when the things you see in the natural world point to a designer what do you do…?
You deny that you can see at all.
When The Enlightenment/Renaissance Era exalted reason to the sole method for discovering truth, we entered what we now call the Modern Era.
When atheists realised that using reason to discover truth led dangerously close to God we entered what we now call the Postmodern Era.
Postmodernism – Truth is Relative
Postmodernists believe that there is no such thing as objective truth outside of personal experience. Truth is simply a social construct dependent on the culture in which you live.
Postmodernism – Reason is Relative
Christians will often come face to face with the wilful irrationality of postmodernism when trying to show the truth of Christianity over other religions. The Christian may use the rules of logic to show that a different religion contains logical contradictions, and as such is false.
The postmodern will deny the conclusion that the religion is false claiming the law of non-contradiction is “Western” logic. In “Eastern” logic contradictions are perfectly acceptable, so an Eastern religion like Hinduism is immune to logical contradictions according to this illogical view of reality.
This is a denial of the universality/objectivity of logic and it is fatal to any reasonable and coherent interaction between cultures. This is bizarre as postmodernism is the champion of multi – culturalism which advocates many cultures living together harmoniously “under one roof”. I find it hard to see how this will be harmonious when different cultures cannot even agree on the rules of logical dialogue.
Life Without Objective Reason is Meaningless
Worse than not believing in objective truth, is that postmoderns deny objective reason as well. At this point the modernist roots of post-modernism start to show since modernism also has no rational basis for the immutable rules of logic.
The conclusion of modernism’s denial of God is that life is meaningless.
Life is just an accident caused by the random interaction of matter. From this it follows that we humans have no objective purpose, no objective value and no objective meaning. There is no meaning of life!
For the human created in God’s image this runs contrary to every fibre in our being and represents strong evidence that atheism is false. Yet this is the conclusion atheists are forced to draw by their denial of God.
On the one hand postmodernism accepts the objective meaninglessness that flows from atheism but it uses some impressive sleight of hand to avoid the existence of an objective God whilst still giving life meaning.
The heart of man cries out that there is more to life than the meaninglessness of the random interaction of matter. Postmodernism whispers back that you define your own meaning from within.
I am always impressed by mankind’s ability to pervert our God given intellect in order to deny God’s existence.
Stacking the Deck
Since atheists realised that reason and empiricism did not provide the conclusion they wanted – namely that God doesn’t exist, many abandoned atheism and re–clothed themselves as agnostics. These days, the more academically inclined atheists prefer to call themselves agnostics rather than atheists.
Agnostics basically want to affirm that we don’t have enough evidence to make a conclusive decision about God’s existence.
They still want to use the truth claims of science to render belief in God highly implausible, but when science seems to point to God they want to question the reliability of science and reason as a means of knowing truth. This type of cleverly disguised atheist stacks the deck so he can’t lose! If the scientific evidence seems to show there is no God they will believe it is accurate, but if the evidence indicates there is a God then it must be inaccurate!
Western Culture’s Love Affair with Eastern Mysticism
When the atheistic movers and shakers of our culture re–clothed themselves as agnostics doubting the reliability of science in certain selective contexts, Eastern religion suddenly became very appealing. For the most part Eastern religions are based on pantheism, the idea that everything is God and therefore there is only one being in existence.
The key theme in Eastern religion is that this world is just an illusion – i.e. our senses that tell us there are many beings are just being tricked. At its core, Eastern religion denies the reliability of science and reason as a means of discerning truth.
When you refuse to believe in God and your current method of reasoning leads you to a belief in God you need a new method of reasoning!
Goodbye Christianity Hello Eastern Mysticism!
Postmodernism and Eastern religion are close bedfellows. Both disdain objective truth and objective reason making the universe totally subjective. In a world with no objective truth Christianity’s “Golden Rule” has been superceded. Since nothing is objectively true no one can say what somebody else believes is wrong. Sugesting that someone else is wrong is therefore arrogant and misguided seing that there is no “right”. Postmodernism’s greatest commandment is …
Thou Shalt Tolerate Everything
Since the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s us Westerners have been force-fed a diet of scepticism and agnosticism culminating in today’s postmodernism.
The public school system, universities, mass media and governing elite have been the ardent evangelists of this new system of thought. A system that that rejects truth and reason in favour of subjective experience. People now care more about feelings than facts. It doesn’t matter if something is actually true, it matters if you believe it’s true.
What’s true to me may not be true for you.
For Christians, this nonsensical view of reality is acutely evident when trying to persuade people that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Christians believe this is true regardless of whether you believe it or not – i.e. objective truth. This is anathema to postmodernism. They see any conviction of truth as arrogant and misguided because they believe there is no universal truth.
In today’s postmodern society nobody actually cares whether the claim that Jesus is the only way to heaven is true or not – because truth doesn’t exist. People today only care that you are offending everybody who doesn’t believe in Jesus.
When you throw out objective truth and objective logic all that you are left with are feelings. Feelings by their very nature are subjective (personal to you), and since postmodernism does not believe in objective reality, personal opinions about reality are all there is.
The Postmodern Denial of Progress
Since postmodernism believes there is no objective right or wrong, progress by its definition is an impossibility. Progress means moving closer to what is good, postmodernism denies any objective good, thus making progress impossible.
Christianity claims that helping the weak and poor of the world by providing knowledge, medicine, food and shelter is objectively good. Postmodernism denies these things as objectively good and denigrates them.
Today’s environmental movement has been hijacked by postmodernism. They see the technological progress that the West exports around the world as cultural imperialism.
How dare the western imperialists force their definition of good upon other cultures?
How anyone can think that providing life-improving technology and medicine to the poor and needy of the world is not objectively good is beyond me, but thankfully I’m a Christian not a postmodern!
God in a Postmodern World
To a postmodern culture such as ours an objective God is irrelevant because objective reality is irrelevant. All that matters is a subjective experience of God. If your beliefs in God help give meaning to your life that is all that matters. Evidence about whether or not God truly exists outside of our minds is irrelevant because objective truth is irrelevant.
Postmodernism’s denial of objective truth means:
- the denial of an objective God
- the denial of salvation – available to all through Jesus Christ, irrespective of culture.
In short, Christianity and postmodernism cannot live side-by-side, one must go.
As Christians, we must refuse to allow the delusions of postmodernism to obstruct people’s path to God. Some Christians have sought to embrace postmodernism in an effort to become relevant in today’s society. The sad irony of this strategy is that by definition postmodernism makes our God irrelevant. No amount of pandering to it will change this.
We cannot work with postmodernism to reach the lost. Postmodernism denies the lost are really lost, thus condemning them to continue in their current “lost” state.
It is our job it set the captives free.