Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Anti-Post-, or Post-Anti-

Wesley J. Wildman wrote a dual review of Nancey Murphy's Anglo-American Postmodernity (Westview Press, 1997) and J. Wentzel van Huyssteen's Essays in Postfoundationalist Theology (William B. Eerdmans, 1997) in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67/3 (1999). This is his hilarious opening:

There are a lot of "posts" in these two books: post-structuralist, post-foundationalist, post-modernist, post-liberal. There are a lot of "antis" too: anti-individualist, anti-reductivist, anti-foundationalist, anti-rationalist, anti-naturalist, anti-realist, anti-relativist. These two authors are saying what a lot of people are saying, namely, that we are post-something, and either anti the things we are post or anti the antis that are also post. For my part, I used to be post-anti, but now I am anti-post and trying hard to be post-anti-post. I need all the help I can get, and so I am glad to have read Murphy and van Huyssteen.

He ends with this:

... reading them has convinced me that it is harder to stay above the fray as a cool post-anti-post when post and anti-post arguments are flying through the air all around me. Ah, maybe next time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having spent much of my youth working on a dairy farm, I would say with a few more "posts" they could build a fence.