A method for Christians to counter the effects of modernism and postmodernism

That first version of the book focused mainly on the challenges of “modernism,” that scientific, rationalistic materialism that leaves no room for any kind of supernatural worldview. Though this way of thinking remains, the paradigms have now shifted, and we are in a “postmodern” climate, in which truth is seen to be not objective at all, not a discovery but a construction. Truth, it is claimed, is relative, culturally-conditioned, a function of the will, and ultimately unknowable.

Christians should use and develop their minds. The mental faculties of the human mind—the power to think, to discover, to wonder, and to imagine—are precious gifts of God. The Christian who pursues knowledge, seeks education, and explores even the most “secular” subjects is fulfilling a Christian vocation that is pleasing to God and of great importance to the Church. The Bible, by precept and example, affirms this and opens up the whole realm of human knowledge to the Christian.

Veith, Gene Edward (2003-10-07). Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in a Postmodern World (pp. 7-8,11). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Everyday Theology

Everyday theology is the reflective and practical task of living each

day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Theology is not for Sundays only.

Disciples must walk the Christian way the whole weekend and throughout

the workweek. Theology is an everyday affair: to live to the glory of God

is a full-time privilege and pursuit. Everyday theology is the mandate of

every Christian who is actively trying to walk the way of truth and life.

Theology serves the church by directing the people of God in ways

of speaking and acting that embody the love of God, the reconciliation

won by Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Theology not

only articulates beliefs but suggests “designs for living.” Precisely what

form our life together takes, however, depends on where (and when) we

are: the house churches in first-century Palestine are a far cry from medieval

monasteries or modern megachurches. The gospel gets worked out

somewhat differently in diverse cultural settings. The gospel—the power

of God unto salvation—can transform culture; culture, however, is only

too happy to return the compliment. Everyday Christians have to learn

to negotiate their way carefully, following the one way of Jesus Christ

through a variety of cultural byways.

Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, pg 7,

Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman, Baker Academic,

a division of Baker Publishing Group. © 2007.