Saturday, January 01, 2005

Modernism, Postmodernism, and Foundationalism

Douglas Wilson makes an excellent points regarding “modernism,” “postmodernism,” and “foundationalism.”

The first thing is that Andrew [Sandlin] simply assumes that if I attack postmodern epistemology, I must be doing so as a foundationalist. But I don't remember ever saying anything like that, and do remember saying quite a bit to the contrary. I don't think that we can take a series of indubitable legos and stack them up into a worldview. What we need around here is a Trinitarian epistemology, one that is not beholden to the arrogance of Descartes, and that is equally not beholden to the arrogance of the postmodernists. And just in passing, at bottom, it is always the same arrogance. Postmodernism is just modernism's ugly little brother in drag. Modernism says that God cannot have spoken, “because I have spoken to the contrary.” Postmodernism says that God cannot have spoken, because “nobody speaks really, when you think about it.” The key thing they share (and which the Bible calls unbelief) is wrapped up in that phrase “God cannot have spoken.”

Well said.