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Can You Really Know Anything?

The cultural change from modernism to post-modernism has been the occasion of much discussion and writing. Even though the extent of this change can be questioned, there is no doubt that there have been profound shifts. Those of a post-modern persuasion have come to question whether we can have an objective or true view of reality at all. They are suspicious of any account of the world that would claim to be all-encompassing (or absolute or “totalizing”). Since believers maintain that the gospel is “true,” what can be said to the post-modern school of thought? Since this is such a massive topic with many complexities, this lecture attempts to narrow the field by looking at some ways C.S. Lewis might agree or disagree with this philosophy.

Study Questions

  1.  How does postmodernism view faith and reason?
  2. How can you describe postmodernism in a nutshell?
  3. What are some of the secondary themes associated with this view?
  4.  How might C.S. Lewis agree with some of these ideas?
  5. How might C.S. Lewis disagree with this approach?
  6. Do you have to give up reason when talking to a postmodernist?
  7. How can stories help in this debate?

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