Art and Worldview: The Creative Side of Apologetics
by Alex Aili
Christian apologists usually seek objective material for defending the Faith. This is wise for obvious reasons. Objectivity provides a standard upon which we can measure the legitimacy and validity of what we believe. The modern period was founded upon such objectivity–science, reason and empiricism.
After all, subjectivity tends to be apologetical quicksand, for once we use our subjective perceptions and experiences to legitimatize the Christian faith, we create a weak foundation. We make our faith “true for us and us alone” when we do this.
Yet subjectivity is what postmodernism thrives on. Rejecting the certainty of modernistic thought, we’ve sought a more diversified approach to life. We’ve embraced the chaos of relativity and have bowed down to emotionalism and experience.
In the face of postmodernism, Christian apologists could take the route of presenting arguments for universal truth, but another option, more timeless and far underused, is the use of “narratives.” Narratives, after all, are what we use to define our existence. They speak in a language we all understand, for life itself is a narrative–a story.
Indeed, “narratives,” or “myths,” are an integral part of postmodern thought. While modern thinkers rejected the validity of the world’s myths, insisting that they were merely premodern superstitions that held no correspondence to reality, postmodern advocates reconsidered their importance. They were convinced that each society had their own set of myths that constituted their “claim to legitimacy.” These “legitimizing myths” operate on a level of truth that’s different than the preferred methods of modernism. They speak into the matters of the heart and soul. In other words, societies construct their values and morals based on the myths they cherish.
Although postmodernism rejects objective assertions, stories agree on the objective reality of human desire…
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