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Postmodernism and Pluralism

Postmodernism and Pluralism


Kerby Anderson


 


 


            Postmodernists assert that all worldviews have an equal claim to the truth. In other words, they deny absolute truth. But the denial of absolute truth is self-defeating and inconsistent.


 


Postmodernism may seem tolerant but in many ways it is not. For example, postmodernists tend to be skeptical of people (such as Christians) who claim to know truth. Now that doesn't mean that it is hostile to religion or spirituality. Postmodernists have no problem with religion unless it makes certain claims about its religion.


 


            Related to the idea of postmodernism is the belief in religious pluralism. This is the belief that every religion is true. While it is proper to show respect for people of different religious faiths, it is incorrect to assume that all religions are true.


 


Various religions and religious groups make competing truth claims, so they cannot all be true. For example, God is either personal or God is impersonal. If God is personal then Judaism, Christianity, and Islam could be true. But the eastern religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) are false. Either Jesus is the Messiah or He is not. If He is the Messiah then Christianity is true, and Judaism is false.


 


Religious pluralism is both illogical and unbiblical. Religious pluralism essentially violates the "Law of Non-contradiction." This law states that A and the opposite of A cannot both be true (at the same time in the same way). You cannot have square circles. And you cannot have competing and contradictory religious truth claims all be true at the same time.


 

Jesus made this very clear in John 14:6 when he said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." Jesus taught that salvation was through Him and no one else. This contradicts other religions. Postmodernism and religious pluralism may seem appealing but they violate the laws of logic and contradict the Bible. I'm Kerby Anderson, and that's my point of view.