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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 Civilization itself.

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



Future Church Administrator