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The impact of postmodernism on Lutheran hermeneutics

Haar, Stephen (2015) The impact of postmodernism on Lutheran hermeneutics. Lutheran Theological Journal, 49 (3). pp. 153-170. ISSN 0024-7553

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    Postmodernism is often seen as an enemy of the church and a threat to the enduring message of the gospel and the authority of the Bible. This essay proposes that, for all its undoubted faults, postmodernism has the potential to refresh Christian theology, reframe biblical hermeneutics, and enliven the Church’s mission in the multi-cultural society of today. Postmodernism has been roundly criticised for its rejection of objective and universal ideas of truth. It is a movement that is said to lead to relativism, confusion and uncertainty among believers. The paper identifies a range of Christian thinkers who challenge postmodernism’s detractors; then the paper outlines the principal features of postmodernism, demonstrates its potential compatibility with Lutheran theology and guiding hermeneutical principles, and concludes with a clarion call to re-image God in relational terms suggesting embrace, inclusion and hospitality.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Hermeneutics-Religious aspects; Lutheran identity and self-understanding; Hermeneutics-Lutheran; Postmodernism-Religious aspects
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
    C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
    Depositing User: Ms Rosslyn Darmody
    Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 12:02
    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 15:03
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1981

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