David Wells on the Identity of a Postmodern Person

David Wells on the Identity of a Postmodern Person October 23, 2008

David Wells of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be speaking at Trinity’s ATO Chapel in Deerfield, IL next Wednesday, October 29th at 3pm on behalf of the Henry Center’s Scripture & Ministry Lecture Series.  His free lecture is entitled, “How, Then, Should We Preach to Postmodern Persons?”

In anticipation of this stimulating lecture, the Center asked him a teaser question:

What is a postmodern person?

“Postmodern is how we are speaking about our current cultural mood.  While in some ways we become more and more modern—more technological advances, more information, more medical breakthroughs, and more things—in terms of a world-and-life view, we are adrift.

The old Enlightenment paradigm with its belief in unaided, naturalistic reason, human potential, and the prospect of progress have all collapsed.  In the way we think about our lives, we are not modern but postmodern because we think about ourselves differently from what was true up though the 1960’s.”

For more such insight, join me and other curious students of theology on next Wednesday, October 29th at 3pm in the ATO chapel for a free lecture.

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  • Mike Freeman

    Postmodernity, as with other culture shifts, has caused a great divide in many seminaries, churches, and bible colleges. My alma mater, Cedarville, is no exception. Cedarville was a reformed school when I attended, associated with GARB. GARB no longer feels comfortable endorsing the school. At the school, postmodernity has precipitated a debate on Assurance vs. Certainty, which has caused theologians and philosophers to begin to question the validity of others’ faith. I would be interested to hear Dr. Wells thoughts on the debate….

  • owenstrachan

    Be sure to check back, Mike. Appreciate your words and hope that Christian schools will navigate the shoals of postmodernity while embracing helpful aspects of it.

  • Any chance this will be released as an mp3?

  • When was Cedarville considered a reformed school? Wow, I grew up GARBC and missed that one. You have hit the issue on the head: it is a question of certainty and foundation. Look forward to the audio.

  • owenstrachan

    This will be released as an mp3 and video, yes. Check this blog for more in the next few weeks. Thanks for the questions and comments, all!

  • Ian


    I was at the Wells lecture yesterday. It was fascinating! Do you know where I can find a recording online? If you do, post a comment on my blog.


  • Ian

    Sorry! Wrong blog address! Here it is.

  • owenstrachan

    Ian–thanks for your kind words. Will comment.