Translating Postmodern Philosophy for the Church
Relativism as a Theology of Creatureliness
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.
“In very readable and reliable expositions of Wittgenstein, Rorty, and Brandom, Smith builds an extremely attractive case philosophically for recognizing the place of contingency, finitude, and dependence in human life. From a Christian perspective, this actually reaffirms an acceptance of creaturely existence and thus of a properly orthodox version of relativism, which there is no reason to fear. A wonderful thesis.” – Fergus Kerr, University of Edinburgh
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