In part 2 of this series on truth and our world, we’re going to look at how postmodernism has vastly shaped our nation. But in order to do that, I need to add a bit more information along with the last post:
Another key element of postmodernism has to do with language. Remember the basic principle of postmodernism is that absolute truths are only known empirically (through science) and that all other truths are merely speculative at best. According to postmodern thought, we are stuck inside of language. In other words, we only know things based upon how we talk about them. To further compound this problem is the idea that that language is confined to specific communities (religions, ethnicities, different time periods, etc.). This leads to two issues:
1- We are confined (biased) to the way in which we view the world. We cannot take our “spectacles off” to see the world rightly. We always define things according to our community language (by race, by culture, nationality, etc.).
2- We cannot be certain of how another community used particular language; therefore we cannot know what they meant when they say/said something. Their lens is different from ours. (At this point, I suggest that you do further research on deconstructionism and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida).
Why is this a serious issue for our nation today? Consider the principle document that our nation is founded upon. The Constitution defines who we are as a nation and how our government is to rule and be ruled. However, according to postmodern thought, because the community that originally drafted and adopted the Constitution was quite different than our modern community, we cannot really know what/how they used specific language. What this means is that we no longer need to understand their intent when they wrote out the 1st Amendment dealing with establishment of religion and the 2nd Amendment dealing with gun rights, the 5th Amendment dealing with unreasonable search and seizure, and so forth and so on.
Since the Constitution was written by a different community, we can only treat it only in our own community, therefore making it a “living” Constitution, that can be interpreted differently by different communities (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. long serving associate justice on the SCOTUS is famous for this maxim “The life of the law has not been logic, it has been experience”).
Since that is the case, this puts much of the future of this country back into the hands of the courts. Be mindful that many, if not most of those making these decisions were trained in law schools that taught from a postmodern mindset. This is why now we have activist/revisionist judges making rulings today on matters of constitutional laws that are completely foreign to the intent of the framers. This allows the actual paper document to remain in existence but with a truly non meaning. Does this explain why we can say "I don't recognize our country"? Wait another 50 years, it will transform again (hang onto this thought and see how it comes into play with a postmodern view of Scripture).
In the next two entries I’ll lay out how postmodernism has changed the rest of our culture.