Wow! What a great discussion today. I clearly have the cream-of-the-crop among students.
We spent the morning critiquing postmodernism. After lunch we spent some time critiquing modernism in order to show how postmodernism was a necessary response.
Some thoughts that came out in the discussion:
Modernism miniaturizes God by reducing him to the constraints of the rational, closed universe.
Postmodernism leaves room for the mysterious, which allows for the possibility of the God of the Bible.
While most postmodernists in the university reject the superiority of any particular story, for all practical purposes, they cannot avoid privileging certain narratives.
The metanarrative, "Jesus is Lord" is contained within the Christian story, but it is the narrative that best makes sense of the world. "Jesus is Lord" is not just a narrative claim, it is a metaphysical claim as well.
Modernism makes postmodernism necessary, but both are inadequate for those who follow Jesus.