Category Archives: Modernity

The Either/or Dichotomy, Modernity, Fundamentalism, the Grinch, and Epiphany

The hallmark of modernity is a refusal of paradox and mystery and a commitment to an either/or, black and white, dichotomous way of perception.  This, in turn, is the breeding ground of all fundamentalism, whether secular or religious.  It is … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Five—Hermeneutics

Caputo begins the next section regarding ‘paradigm shifts’ this way: “First, Reason suffered a body blow from Heidegger’s hermeneutics in 1927, then a shot to the head from Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (1951); finally there came the knockout punch from Thomas … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Three—Hermeneutics

We will continue now with the third highlight of hermeneutics discussed in the last post.  Caputo continues with the issue of creationism and how such is a bad interpretation of both the Bible and science. “It is worth mentioning that … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Two—Hermeneutics

Of the three highlights mentioned in the last post on Caputo, the first one is hermeneutics.  Caputo: “The one word that I think best sums up the postmodern turn is ‘hermeneutics’, which means the theory of interpretation.  I treat hermeneutics … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Four—The Enlightenment and Its Critics: A Short History—Part One

Caputo begins chapter four with these questions: “How did we get from Augustine to Derrida?  What happened to truth in modernity to precipitate the postmodern turn?” To answer those questions, Caputo tells us that such, “…requires a closer look… [of] … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Two—What Do We Do With Religious Truth?—Part Two–

To further flesh out where Caputo is going regarding religion he brings up two historical figures who were very insightful as to the condition and effects of modernity.  He first brings up Max Weber (1864-1920), who, as he notes, “was … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Two—What Do We Do With Religious Truth?—Part One

Caputo begins the chapter with this humorous story: “One day one of our children came home from school and announced to us that he was an atheist.  I had two responses.  First, I said, never tell that to your grandmother.  … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter One—Modernity and the Eclipse of Truth—Part Five

Caputo finishes up chapter one sort of summarizing where he thinks we are, what modernity has led to, and how he plans to proceed.  He begins: “In modernity, truth was not eliminated, of course, but eclipsed, truncated, cut down to … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter One—Modernity and the Eclipse of Truth—Part Four

So we’ve been talking of modernity and the problem it was invented to solve—namely how to deal with the question (and its implications) of which religion was true.  Modernity was imagined and given metaphysical weight to create a “secular” space—a “public” space where … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter One—Modernity and the Eclipse of Truth—Part Three

In the last post we talked about the rise of modernity, it’s twin mothers (The Enlightenment and the Reformation), and how this changed how we understood something to be “true” and indeed what the very concept of “truth” meant.  We … Continue reading

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