About Postmodern Christianity

Harvard Divinity School, a constituent of Harvard University, uses the postmodernist approach to teach theology and develop critical inquiry skills, Christian values, and leadership skills of its students.

Antony Kagirison

In Summary

Postmodern Christianity is a humanistic post-secular Christian group that combines socio-political activism with religion. It is more anthropocentric than orthodox Christianity, and less materialistic than Marxism. Its goal is to encourage revolution instead of sociopolitical quietism generated by belief in supernatural salvation. However, we reject the quest for permanent marxist revolution.

It acknowledges that God exists, but God does not directly tell human beings their purpose for life, because each one of us has a different purpose for life. For those with the will to achieve their life purpose, they can arise to become co-creators with God.

It rejects scientism and the material reductionism, and proves that both rationalism and science are based on metaphysical faith.

God, Soul, and Purpose of Life

This religion asserts that God exists, but God has never told – and will never tell – human beings their purpose for life, because each human being (except the cognitively invalid) has been equipped with the requisite cognitive and emotional faculties to discover his/her purpose for life (or raison d’être for living). As expected, we reject the literal Jewish concepts of Torah Mi-Sinai – i.e that God gave any laws to Moses in Mount Sinai – and Torah min ha-shamayim (i.e Torah came from Heaven). We also reject the literal Catholic concept of Imamculate Conception of Christ. Additionally, we reject the concept of divine revelation, and instead prefer religious naturalism. On the upside, we acknowledge that human beings have the potential to become co-creators with God thus fulfilling the responsibility given to the human being in Genesis 1:26-27

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:26-27

The human being who becomes the co-creator with God is also a God. Don’t Christians acknowledge Jesus Christ as both the Man and God? As explained in this post about The Hermaphroditic Soul of Adam HaRishon, the Messiah is a reincarnation of Adam – the First Man created according to the Book of Genesis. This is why Jesus is called the Man, not a Man. About the nature of the soul of the messiah, we find the following explanation from the post titled, Will there be a Female Messiah?

According to the Kabbalah, after Adam sinned, his soul shattered into 600,000 souls, These souls can only be reconstituted as divine souls of only 3 people i.e Adam, David, and the Messiah, for it is written: “ADaM is an acronym for the names – Adam, David, Moshiach (or Messiah)”. So, is the resurrection of Adam the redemption of these 3 souls? If yes, does it means that the Sinless soul of the Messiah must be housed in a human body that can Sin (or has sinned just like Adam and David sinned)? Does this housing equate to the redemption of the body? Also, because God created an androgynous soul in Genesis 1:27 is the soul of the messiah also androgynous? If not (as Jesus was purely male), has there been – or will there be – a female messiah? Regardless of any answers provided to these questions, to the priests in the Second Temple, resurrecting Adam HaRishon basically means bringing about the Messianic Age and wrapping up Judaism. So, is it any wonder that Christian thinkers who subscribe to supersessionism argue that if we live in the messianic age, then the existence of Judaism is an aberration?

Gnostic Rationalism, Agnōstos Theos, and the Aristotelian God – Antony Kagirison.

Postmodernist Approach

PostmodernChristianity.org espouses the postmodernist approach to religion, and rejects ideas such as the inerrancy of the Bible or that the God of Abraham is the only living God that should be worshiped by all. It acknowledges that the foundation of mainstream Biblical Christianity is weak theology. Likewise, it admits that Biblical Christianity has been used to validate and justify political oppression, slavery, bigotry, and epistemophobia, as well as create paradigm locks that have equally stagnated and accelerated the development of human consciousness. Nonetheless, it acknowledges that the Grand Narrative promoted by the Bible is still valuable, until a better Grand Narrative is developed. It is our duty to create the best Grand Narrative that maximizes human freedom and happiness, without adversely impacting our ecosystem nor creating highly constrained paradigm locks.

Equally, postmodernism rejects scientism and the material reductionism of marxists and secular atheists who argue that only the material world is all that exists. By showing that both rationalism and science lack any foundation and are based on metaphysical faith as explained in Anti-Foundationalism, Non-Foundationalism, and Post-Truth Christianity, postmodernism equips a theologian with tools to deconstruct Secular Atheism, Marxism, Scientism, and Rationalism as sets of grand narratives. Postmodernism, like empiricism which dethroned theology as the queen of sciences, has dethroned rationalism and empiricism as the queens of sciences.

We recognize the importance of Grand Narratives and for this reason, we support both Deconstruction and (Re)Construction of Granda Narratives. If the philosophers and the cognitive elite do not take the lead in creating Grand Narratives, it will not stop Grand Narartives from being created but it will just allow the superstitious epistemophobes to create Grand Narratives that will be hostile to the philosophers, artists, and the freethinkers. Islam is a good example of this.

Presently, Postmodern Christianity is based in Nairobi, Kenya, though it has an audience across the anglophone world.

Postmodern Christianity 3

Some Questions

What is Postmodern Christianity? Is it a combination of postmodernism and Christianity? Is it Christianity based on postmodern theology? If it is Christianity based on postmodern theology, then is it Christian atheism or does it assert that God exists? These are popular questions that people raise when they hear the term Postmodern Christianity. I will start with postmodernism.

The Postmodernist Christian

“The postmodernist,” said the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Lord Jonathan Henry Sacks, “makes you an offer you can’t understand”. The late Rabbi Sacks was no fan of postmodernism, but his quip expresses the frustration people have with understanding what postmodernism really is. To begin with, postmodernism is not anti-modernism. In fact, etymologically, it is made up of two words post and modernism; and these words can be combined to become post-modernism, a word that simply means successor to the era of modernity. This simply situates postmodernism in a historical context, it does not define what postmodernism is. Remember, post-modernism and postmodernism are two different but related words. Post-modernism is easy to define. However, postmodernism was developed to defy any stable definition, which is in accordance with its principle of linguistic decentering. The best that we can do is to describe postmodernism.

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

(Postmodernism) can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, the trace, the simulacrum, and hyperreality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and the univocity of meaning.

Postmodernism –  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Many people have a hard time understanding that description, which is the most comprehensive description of postmodernism to date. Let us now consider a far simpler description of postmodernism provided by Brad Holland:

In Modernism, reality used to validate media. In Postmodernism, the media validate reality. If you don’t believe this, just think how many times you’ve described some real event as being ‘just like a movie.’

Brad Holland

The description provided by Holland is easier to understand and expresses some essence of postmodernism. What Holland is saying is that in postmodernism, fictionalism is used to validate reality. That should not shock you. It is what adherents of the Abrahamic Religions have been doing for the past 2000 years. Myths, fables, parables, and legends are works of fictions, and are grouped together under literary fictionalism.

“What if the Bible is a profoundly human book that expresses fundamental metaphysical knowledge through myths, parables, legends, and allegories?”, I asked in Postmodern Christianity, Literary Exegesis, and Philosophical Eisegesis. In that post, I explained that the Bible is really a pseudo-historical work written by human beings and it uses myths, parables, legends, and allegories to express fundamental metaphysical knowledge. It is why I reject literary exegesis as a valid method to interpret the Bible, and I instead advocate for philosophical eisegesis as a better method of biblical interpretation.

Advocates of sola scriptura (scripture only) believe that the Bible is a divine and holy book that contains the words spoken by God, as well as records historical events. They therefore claim that literary exegesis is the only acceptable method of interpreting the Bible. To these Christian literalists (and their Jewish and Muslim equivalents), they use the literary fictionalism of the Bible to interpret reality. Isn’t this method of using fictionalism to interpret reality a postmodern mode of interacting with reality?

As is evident, the method used by postmodernism to validate reality is not new. In fact, it has been the method used by Abrahamic Monotheism to validate reality. Ironically, the Christian dogmatist who believes in Biblical literalism and sola scriptura is just a postmodern Christian though (s)he does not admit it. There are different types of postmodern Christians.

Postmodern Christianity is Not Christian Atheism but Rejects the Belief that Yahweh/Jehovah/YHWH is the One and Only God

The divine world is discovered, not revealed by God or any spiritual entities. This implies that the divine world exists and has not been invented through human imagination

Antony Kagirison

Postmodern Christianity is an anthropocentric post-secular Christian fellowship that combines activism with religion. It espouses the postmodernist approach to religion, and rejects ideas such as the inerrancy of the Bible or that the God of Abraham is the only living God that should be worshiped by all. Also, it acknowledges that the foundation of mainstream Biblical Christianity is weak theology. Additionally, it admits that Biblical Christianity has been used to validate and justify political oppression, slavery, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, misogynism, and gnosophobia.

The literal interpretation of the Bible has been used to cover closeted racism, bigotry, and gnosophobia, as well as legitimize oppressive political and social orders. Moreover, this has driven conservative American Christians – who are despised by Israelis – to unconditionally support Israel and keep dragging the USA into Middle Eastern conflicts. This is contrary to postmodernism. Postmodernism aims to identify, deconstruct, and destroy binary oppositions that demean and degrade humanity. This is what makes this fellowship a humanistic fellowship.

Postmodern Christianity Logo

Postmodern Christianity acknowledges that retrogressive binary opposition exists in the Bible. This binary opposition is the division of humanity by the God of Abraham (also called Yahweh, Jehovah, Greater Yahweh, Adonai he-Aretz, Eheieh, Eloah Va-Daath, HaShem, Elohim Sabaoth, or Shem HaMephorash) into the chosen elite and the non-chosen people. This creates a hierarchy that privileges the chosen few to establish a political and social power structure that oppresses people not favored by the God of Abraham. This power structure mainstreams bigotry and actively strangles human creativity by banning art, sculpting, and independent search for knowledge. It also demeans the non-Chosen people. Consider this verse from the Torah/Pentateuch:

Do not eat any animal that dies a natural death. You may let the foreigners who live among you eat it, or you may sell it to other foreigners. (How do you interpret this verse?)

Deuteronomy 14:21

To Postmodern Christianity, the aforementioned facts not only tarnish the claims the Hebrew Bible makes about divinity, but also prove that the Hebrew Bible is not moral nor good, and consequently, the God of Abraham is not Holy nor deserving of reverence. In other words, Postmodern Christianity rejects the worship of the God of Abraham, and to be frank, this God – whose real name is Anochi – deserves to be canceled in accordance with the dicta of the woke revolution. So, what God does Postmodern Christianity worship? It is the God described in Gnosophy.

Equally, Postmodern Christianity rejects the idea that Corpus Christi (the community of Christians) replaced Jews as the chosen people of this God of Abraham. This idea perpetuates the retrogressive binary opposition established in the Hebrew Bible, and allows this binary opposition to be established as the Gospel Truth in the Christian scripture. This explains why Christianity adopted the bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, misogynism, and epistemophobia established by the Jewish monotheistic religion. Moreover, it is imperative to recognize that racism exists in the progressive Christian movement due to the influence of the Christian grand narrative and traditional norms established in society during the premodern and modern periods.

About our Principles

These are our basic principles:

  • The Divine is discovered through study and development of the human intellect. We encourage an independent search for knowledge, including knowledge of the unconditioned reality.
  • The Bible is NOT the literal word of God and it contains errors. Therefore, the Bible is not the only source of knowledge. In lieu:
    • We reject the doctrine of Sola Scriptura.
    • We accept the Documentary Hypothesis of Biblical authorship.
  • We reject perennial philosophy and/or any claims that ancient humans had more advanced knowledge than the totality of knowledge that exists today. There was no time in human history when knowledge was revealed in totality.
  • We reject the literal Jewish concepts of Torah Mi-Sinai and Torah min ha-shamayim. We reject the claim of Judaism that God made a public revelation of his laws in Mount Sinai.
  • Science provides proven empirical knowledge that trumps biblical claims.
  • We reject Racism, Homophobia, and Epistemophobia, in their variegated forms, including anti-wokeness, perennialism, and claims to be upholding ideas based on sola scriptura.
  • We advocate for women’s rights, especially reproductive rights, including the right to elective abortion.
  • We acknowledge that Science and Mathematics are founded on Metaphysical Faith. Science cannot resolves its fundamental Problem of Induction. For Mathematics, it has been explained conclusvely that “mathematics is based on claims of truth, not truth that can be tested and proved“.
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