The Modern, Postmodern University, part 2

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See last week’s post for part 1 of this series. “Postmodernism” (PM) took American universities by storm in the 1980s and 90s. When I arrived at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) as the InterVarsity campus staff in 1992, PM hit me full in the face. Gone were objective truth, autonomous reason, caucasian triumph. Present were subjective truths, politicized reason, and …

The Modern, Postmodern University, part 1

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I travel a lot. Over 25 college campuses, the past few months. People ask me what I’m learning about students. This: Student profile #1: Postmodern all the way through.  You may be surprised to know that in the so-called “postmodern” university the truly postmodern student is fairly rare. That is, the student who thinks there is no overarching truth at all, …

In the Slot

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I stood in front of a bunch of college students the other night in Duluth and told them to stay in the church and work for reform. See, when you’re young and a little cynical, the temptation to ditch the church and just do the Jesus thing by yourself is pretty strong. But consider: An ancient church father named Cyprian …

In and Out

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Consider the following pattern: www.freeimages.co.uk Teenager: heavily involved in church youth group. On fire for Jesus! College age and early 20s person: drops out of church, grows cynical, apathetic. Late 20s: He/she realizes need for grounding, brings new spouse and toddler to church twice/month. Age 30: A dramatic fork in the road distinguishes in-group from out-group: The outs remain on …