Until the shocks to the world system in the past decade following the turn of the millennium – e.g., the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, the global financial collapse of 2008 – the “postmodern era” was supposed to be a kind of immense carnival of peoples reveling in a new global prosperity, the giddy prospects of emerging democracy, and a spirit of cultural inclusion never experienced before.
Now, in this strange twilight of the planetary neo-liberal era, we are starting to wonder if “pomo” wasn’t more pollyannish than we are yet willing yet to admit.
Sputtering economic growth and runaway income inequality in the past seven years, revelations of massive intrusions by so-called “liberal” governments into people’s lives, the collapse of the “Arab Spring” into brutal dictatorships, and the malignant tribalism and militarized nationalism we are witnessing from the Middle East to Eastern Europe – all are disturbing signals once more of what Heidegger between the two great wars termed the “darkening of the world.”
Globalization no longer seems a friendly behemoth on which to ride triumphantly into what Fukuyama... Read More
This recently posted call for papers may be of interest to some of our readers. Consider submitting a proposal or simply putting it on your calendar to be in attendance. You can find details regarding proposal submissions at the bottom of the page. To find out more about Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning, which hosts the event, go here. ———– Over the past century, cinema has become the defining medium of Western... Read More
It’s been a long time since there has been any activity here on ChurchandPomo. Many apologies for that, but no excuses. I do hope to have a few things lined up for the future. At any rate, I’m excited to mention that there is a new book in the Church and Postmodern Culture Series that has just been released! Following up on his opening title in the series, James K. A. Smith has recently penned a new and provocative volume entitled, Who’s... Read More
The following is a guest post by Kyle David Bennett. Kyle is a recent PhD graduate from Fuller Seminary in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. Before moving to NYC last year he taught philosophy at Azusa Pacific University and theology and ethics at Providence Christian College. He now teaches religion at The King’s College. He lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, Andrea, and their five-year old daughter, Elliott. —————- Incarnation... Read More
Tatsuo Miyajima, Life (rhizome) No.2, 2012 The following is a guest post from Matthew John Paul Tan. Matthew is a Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Campion College Australia. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in Catholic Studies and a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. Matthew is also the editor of the theological blog “the Divine Wedgie” (divinewedgie.Blogspot.com).... Read More