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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: 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
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Ms Rosslyn Darmody
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 02:02
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2017 02:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1981

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