Journal Entry on “James K.A. Smith on Postmodernism and Religion.”
“Postmodernism is defined by its critique of modernities’ ideas” (~04:50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmjlDljju8Q). Smith goes on to state some of postmodernism’s proposals. One of these proposals is to go to the heart of the modernity project and critique it wholly. A second proposal of postmodernism is calling into question the idea of pure reason which is invoked through marginalized religions. Smith’s third proposal of postmodernism is that it is to point out the impossibility of neutrality and pure reason. I appreciated how Smith went into some detail, explaining and giving examples of how and where postmodernism critiques and fills the holes of modernity. Smith’s arguments seemed to be targeted towards showing that postmodernism actually paves the way for Christianity to exist in modernity. “A more persistent postmodernist will clear the space for God” (~46:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmjlDljju8Q).