• Towards Convers(at)ion: Postmodernism, Evangelism and the Emerging Church

      Knowles, Steve; Wade, William (University of Chester, 2016-01)
      When the Manic Street Preachers labelled their 1998 album 'This is My Truth Tell Me Yours', it was more than just a marketing gimmick. It was capturing the mood of an emerging generation. It is argued that the age we find ourselves in is currently being shaped to one degree or another by postmodern philosophy. It is a philosophy what has purportedly infiltrated sections of Western society, replacing rational, scientific reasoning with subjective relativism, a reticence towards objective truth claims and the questioning of a societal framework of morality. One particular section of Western society which is wrestling with postmodernism's claims and influences is the Western Church. This is not unusual, as the church has had to deal with cultural change and even crisis in its long history. However, the philosophy of postmodernism has the potential (either positively or negatively) to not only strike at the heart of the ecclesiology of the contemporary Church, but significantly at its theology, and specifically at its missiology.