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Narrative and Enlightenment: The Challenge of Postmodernism

David Brown

in Tradition and Imagination

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198269915
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269919.003.0002
 Narrative and Enlightenment: The Challenge of Postmodernism

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Examines the current debate between modernism and postmodernism in theology, and argues for a position between the two. In much contemporary theology, the modernism of the Enlightenment is given summary dismissal. That, it is argued, is wrong, not least because the Enlightenment insisted on openness and it is change and development that are integral to a tradition's life. Nonetheless, postmodernism also has its merits, though writers often fail to give the term clear conceptual definition, and so a particular version must first be identified before its merits can be assessed.

Keywords: Enlightenment; modernism; narrative; postmodernism

Chapter.  21082 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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