Life has been a tad bit crazy this month. I’m speaking at church every week in August. I’m going to try and get a link to the mp3’s going as soon as they are up on the website – Hopefully we can get some good discussion going. We’ve also been in the final stages of the 4th Satellite Soul record. It’s mastered and we’re working on design stuff right now. It should be finished and ready for shipping within a couple of weeks. Classes have started again at the seminary and I’ve read the Gospel of Mark seven times in 5 different translations and three really good books. I’ve been writing a little bit as well, I may share some of that in the future. Here’s something interesting I’m reading in N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus:
“Modernity told an implicit narrative about the way the world was. It was essentialy an eschatological story. World history had been steadily moving toward or at least eagerly awaiting the point where the industrial revolution and the philosophical Enlightenment would burst upon the world, bringing a new era of blessing for all. This huge overarching story – overarching stories are known in this world as metanarratives – has now been conclusively shown to be an oppressive, imperialist and self-serving story; it has brought untold misery to millions in the industrialized West and to billions in the rest of the world, where cheap labor and raw materials have been ruthlessly exploited. It is a story that serves the interests of the Western world. Modernity stands condemned of building a new tower of Babel. Postmodernity has claimed, primarily with this great metanarrative as the example, that all metanarrative are suspect; they are all power games.”
I just thought this was a really good explanation of the reason the most basic definition of post-modernity remains to be incredulity toward metanarratives. Wright has been baking my beans lately.
More to come later