Clete's pick 12/21/04

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Truth Smacker
Originally posted by Balder

Okay, say that a person from India grows up with a set of presuppositions about the "natural" hierarchy of individuals based on birth, skin tone, and occupation (the caste system), and about the inescapability of one's "lot" in life -- one's karmic debt and dharmic duty to society. Later in life, this person moves to the US and attends university as an English major. In that environment, exposed repeatedly to thought that is influenced by Marxist, Feminist, and Poststructuralist/Deconstructionist beliefs and the presuppositions that drive them, the Indian person's presuppositions are repeatedly unearthed and challenged. Eventually, this person comes to reject the fatalistic, hierarchical presuppositions into which s/he had been born, and embraces the postmodern perspective, which presupposes that the world is not fixed but is a fluid text. The presupposition of necessary "divine order" that underpinned the former belief is now replaced with a new presuppositional lens, that oppressive narrative power structures hold the world together, and true individual and societal fulfillment are found not in fatalistic submission to pre-ordained structures but through radical equalizing discourse and the deconstruction of the stories of patriarchy. In this instance, one non-Christian worldview (based on its own set of presuppositions) has been uprooted and supplanted by another one (based on another set of presuppositions and guiding metaphors). How could this happen, if you assert that presuppositions can only be uprooted and replaced via regeneration?



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