Monday, May 24, 2010

the world growing up

In medieval times, the church controlled the lives of people. Protestants protested to change that world; their protest grew up to be the Reformation. Some people resisted whatever had anything to do with religion, including the authority of the church to dictate; their resistance grew up to be the Renaissance. In their quest to change the world, they exchanged revelation from God for human reason, saying they were enlightened; thus the Renaissance grew up to be the Enlightenment. Eventually, weary of being controlled by the world of reason, the world grew up into Modernism, controlling through science. The protesters against modernism are postmodernists, trying to change the world to affirm the individual. What will postmodernism grow up to become? Could we become a relational world?

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