INTRODUCING THE FUTURE
Postmodernism brings fear to the hearts of church
leaders. No wonder. It claims the end of the modern world—the end of
our reality, our thinking, our language. More sinister, it rejects
any universal Truth. The elite enjoy this break with the past as a
philosophical "game," but the game is real and represents the most
serious assault in the history of the Church . . . even of
Amazingly, this trauma also represents the
greatest hope for the church. For the first time in centuries, the
church will operate in its own realm. The very dynamics, for
example, that define the digital age also define the first century
church: a new community, a new communication, a new reconciliation,
a new creativity, and a new power.
At the same instant modern thought and theology
are collapsing, a new kind of knowing and a new kind of language are
being born. We are seeing a shift from mind to spirit, from logical
knowledge to revelation knowledge, from propositional truth to
intuitive truth, from literal metaphors to prophetic metaphors. In
short, a new "proof" for Truth is emerging. A new "because" for
faith is surfacing.
This new language will combine faith, meditation,
and prophetic metaphor with creativity, virtual reality, and quantum
theory. It will immerse us in sensual, emotional, multimedia lives
more real than reality itself. And, like all arts, rituals, and
symbols, it will represent something "not there," something beyond
itself, something unseen. It will "call those things that be not as
though they were." And it will have the power—through God’s grace—to
transform us, to recreate us, even to heal us.
This is the greatest moment in the history of the
church. But the window of opportunity closes quickly. The faithful
must learn now to speak this new language. They must begin soon to
speak Truth to a postmodern world.
© 2010 Thomas Hohstadt