Monday, April 02, 2007

pomo-phobic

So my friend Bob said the other day that some people are pomo-phobic. That is, people who are affraid of postmodernism and/or postmoderns.

Have you met a pomo-phobic? Are you one? Is this just a fear of what is different?

10 comments:

Ty said...

When it comes to relativism in general, I like to paraphrase and interpret Bruggemann (_Texts Under Negotiation_), faith in the relativism of belief does not scare me nearly as much as faith in the objectivity of belief. I see it as an opportunity to allow belief in things rejected by the mainstream: simplicity, suffering, Jesus as the Messiah.

The only pomo-phobes I have met, to this point, are those who interpret postmodernism very narrowly. Personally, I think that postmodernism is as rooted in the past as any world view(s), and, though I doubt that we should even differentiate it as a worldview, since it is most obviously characterized, in my opinion, by the splintering effect of modernism's self-criticism, and, as I see it, a movement characterized by critique or opposition to something has very little claim to status as a worldview in itself.

James Wood said...

I found that book on my shelf the other day and I was impressed by what Shawn Jones had us read.

I tend to agree that pomo isn't really a worldview. You articulated it well. I believe the pomo is a harbinger of a new worldview, I'm just curious what it will be.

James Wood said...

This conversation reminds me of a previous post I did back here. Ty, you should rip it apart for me :)

Tim Lewis said...

Yeah, what Ty said. Being anti-something or pseudo-something doesn't make you something else.

Tabitha said...

i didn't even know what a pomo was until i read brian mcclaren's "new kind of christian" . . . after i read his take on what this whole pomo thing might be based in, i realized he had just put into words everything i had been wrestling through . . .

so, in that sense, yes i am a pomo. a brian mcclaren pomo.

is this like a pomo anonymous meeting or something? and is there more to this question that we need to delve into?

KMiV said...

I love pomo's. They love addressing social justice--something we Baby Boomers wanted to do but got sidetracked along the way (somewhere between the Acid, Pot, rock music, and materialism). I look forward to the future of the church with pomos!

bob_turner said...

James
Thanks for the link. While not a pomophobe, I am becoming a FloridaPhobe....Any help?
Bob

Big Mike Lewis said...

Not a pomo-phobe. I think I am like 80% pomo according to a survey I did...

...with that, I am starting to not like the attitude of many pomo's I have been reading blogs from. Very arrogant...

Matt said...

I hope my post doesn't scare Bob or anything or maybe it will be good therapy for him to help him overcome his fears of gator world domination.

Anyhow, does that make post-moderns mo-phobes? And what will we call the next thing if the new thing is already called post-something? How can how things used to be, be called "modern" anyway? Maybe the old worldview should be called previously-modern but then that would make post-modern modern and one day it would be called previously-modern and that would be really confusing. That is all just really messed up. I probably should have just stopped after the first sentence.

James Wood said...

Tim, yup.

Tabs, isn't it cool when someone puts into words what you've been feeling? It's like you're not the only one who's been thinking these things. Well, you're not.

Ron, I love when the church is stretched to be more of Jesus body (mo, pomo, slomo, whoever does it).

Bob, I'm just sorry for you - it's been a rough few months.

Matt, I'm looking forward to the result of pomo. I think this is just a birth process or a cocoon process. The reaction against modernism is leading to something different.