Truth is what your friends will let you get away with saying
About the Book: Following his successful Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? James K. A. Smith offers a provocative analysis of relativism, and provides an introduction to the key voices of pragmatism: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, and Robert Brandom.
Many Christians view relativism as the antithesis of absolute truth and take it to be the antithesis of the gospel. In Who’s Afraid of Relativism? Smith argues that this reaction is a symptom of a deeper theological problem: an inability to honor the contingency and dependence of our creaturehood.
“It is often observed that one of the most important and revealing questions you can ask someone identified as a ‘thinker’ is ‘What are you afraid of?’ Writing with clarity and great sympathy, Smith helps us see that Christian theologians have betrayed their best insights by being afraid of relativism. He helps us see that the challenge is not relativism itself but rather the epistemological concerns that produced relativism. As is usually the case with Smith’s work, this book is both clear and constructive: he not only provides a clear account of the work of Wittgenstein, Rorty, and Brandom but also develops an account of why and how Christians should navigate the contingent character of our lives.” – Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
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