- ‘radical’ postmodernity, based on a head-driven philosophical search
- sociological search
- creative postmodernity
The first two of these three approaches are about Deconstruction (A) and one is Reconstruction (B). To get from (A) to (B) is a painful journey, and one that many in the Emerging church have made, are making or are about to make. It is common knowledge that any fundamental shift in the way we go about life will inevitably involve some pain, and is therefore something that requires the support of those around you.
‘Creative postmodernism’ is far more healthy, and akin to a deconstruct/reconstruct approach. In this scenario, people engage both head and heart, and are influenced by the thoughts, experiences, dialogue and interaction with others.
A Jamieson reports that this is the beginning of a process, which relates to Fowler’s Stages of Faith. The greatest mistake that people in ‘deconstruction mode’ make, is to stop praying. The reasons given for stopping praying are usually some form of objection to the mechanics and purpose of prayer. Rather than persevering with it or finding alternative methods of prayer, it has become the first casualty of deconstruction. The approach to faith turns into an exercise in philosophical truth claims rather than a relationship to the divine.
Prayer takes you beyond yourself and your limitations; it enables you to listen and encounter the God that is beyond, and not defined by us. It is believed that deconstruction held with prayer can help us hear and encounter the real Jesus and the real Godhead.
What do you think?