|This month’s Car Talk features an essay by Tyler Peachey, Hesston College sophomore, on postmodernity and evangelism. If you’re still wondering what this whole postmodern worldview is about, this article will give you some helpful definitions.
How the Postmodern Worldview Impacts Evangelism
by Tyler Peachey
In this world that is changing every day, views and beliefs are always changing as well. The way we did things in the past has to change in order to be effective in today’s society. How we do evangelism is one of those things that needs to change.
People in the modern worldview like things that are clear and concise. They want an answer for everythingand a straight answer at that. Postmoderns don’t think that you can totally know the answer. They don’t want a straight answer.
Since the worldview has changed, evangelism has to change with it as well. We can’t approach it the same way we did in the modern age. We can’t preach to just individuals anymore. We need to preach to groups of people. These days, youth don’t want to be left alone to make the decision for themselves. They want to do it in a group. Youth feel safer when they have a group that they can make the decision with because they feel like they are part of a family. They have somewhere to go when they have questions about their faith. Postmoderns want a Christianity that is communal. They tend to reject “I” songs. They feel like worshipping is a group thing and by singing “I” songs, they aren’t worshipping together.
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