The First Step of Atheism Apologetics in an Age of Postmodernism
We find ourselves in very confusing and convoluted times. Our world seems to be experiencing a drastic shift in perception of reality. We seem to be moving from an objective to subjective society with the introduction of postmodernism. In turn, Atheism apologetics must first address this deviation to be effective.
What is Postmodernism Exactly?
But what is postmodernism exactly and how did it begin? What does it mean for us as individuals, or for society as a whole? What are the effects or implications of this philosophy on atheism apologetics?
First, let’s begin with a general definition. The concept of postmodernism can be nebulous and cloudy at times, as it calls into question everything we know about reality. Postmodernism is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as:
[A] Western philosophy, a late 20th-century movement characterized by broad skepticism, subjectivism, or relativism; a general suspicion of reason; and an acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power.
Essentially, postmodernism is a philosophy which asserts that our reality is made up of subjective rather than objective truths. This highly skeptical ideology is based on the assumption that objective reality doesn’t exist. Rather, all reality is subjective, differing from person to person. In turn insinuating that truth depends on individual perspective, interpretation, experience, etc.
We can observe many postmodern viewpoints and instances in our current world. For example, we see this philosophy highly prevalent in the transgender movement happening in the West. In these cases, individuals are claiming to be “non-binary”, or “gender fluid”, not associating with the standard male and female categories. In these situations, the individuals are declaring that their subjective truth holds precedence over their biological one…
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