- "A negative preliminary remark needs to be made: any attempt to formulate "modernity" simply in terms of some sort of increased "rationality", whether in economics or politics or religion, meets what are probably insurmountable difficulties." (oxford journals)
- "The result has been a mishmash of deconstructionist verbiage that is barely comprehensible, even to those who are considered be postmodern practitioners." (post-modernity website)
A church, reaching out to people in this type of culture, should not compromise who she is or the gospel story to be like the culture, but seeks to meet people where they're at and help them experience the gospel story in a context they can understand. It reminds me of what our Belgian friend, from Fuller, told us, "Contrary to what people think - you can't talk the French into anything, but you can create a space where they will experience God." Please don't misunderstand, there is definitely a need for Christians in France to be able to articulate what they believe, because they will be asked about it and be expected to know, otherwise their faith may not seem credible.
But a church in this culture seeks to provide a safe place for questioning to take place and walk with people as they begin their journey toward God and accepting Jesus. If the French can see the church open herself every day for engagement, for life, for discussion, this can very much speak to the French.
Unfortunately, many people today don't see the church as "life", but death, bondage. It's our job as Christians to show that God's grace and love ARE about freedom FROM bondage.