Solomon Among the Postmoderns

17 May 2008

Peter J. Leithart’s latest book, Solomon among the Postmoderns, is a gem.

The anti-postmodern backlash among conservative evangelicals has centered on the contradiction-ridden epistemology of postmodernism, and with good reason. That is one of the central threats of postmodernism, and the thoughtless ignorance of most postmoderns about their own basic epistemological contradictions (e.g., “Metanarratives are dead”) also constitutes one of postmodernism’s chief weaknesses.

Liethart, however, largely bypasses this issue for another, very edifying, set of considerations, to wit: modernism was and is idolatry. The central tenet of modernism is that we can understand and control our world, down to the last molecule. All we lack is sufficient research and know-how…and we’re getting closer all the time. In biblical terms: all our frantic productions are not grasping for the wind. Read the rest of this entry »