One of my hopes for this Anglimergent project is that it will allow space to engage critical questions of identity. As part of this engagement, I am convinced that we have to begin to gain awareness of our implicit assumptions about self/faith/world which (I believe) can only happen through dialogue.
Now in the dialogues I’ve had and in the things I’ve read within the emergent conversation, a central tenet of this thing we call “emergent” is how we begin to “engage postmodernity” (which sort of problematically presupposes we are not already operating within the boundary of postmodernity, but that’s for another discussion thread).
While I agree that engaging postmodernity in pragmatic ways (in other words, the practical application of the concept of postmodernity to the holistic way we approach church/faith/world) is a primary and crucial part of our mission, I’m repeatedly baffled by the amount of taken-for-grantedness that exists about the definition of postmodernity as a concept. In other words, while we might all agree that “postmodernity” is a concept (we might not, too), I’m not convinced that we all share a similar understanding of the constituent elements of that concept.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t see this as a problem. In fact, this is a good thing. I would argue that to attempt contain the concept of ‘postmodernity’ to a set of theoretical elements would be to miss the point. To decide on a static definition would also be to miss the point. But I think that if we’re jumping straight to pragmatic redefinitions of church/faith/world based on the term without thinking dialogically about what constitutes the term we are also, in some sense, missing the point. I suppose this is another way of saying that I don’t conceive of ‘postmodernity’ as a thing to be applied, but as a set of elements unfolding before us (therefore revealing a bit of my own presupposition).
Therefore, I pose these questions to the group: What constitutes your postmodernity? Where does postmodernity begin for you? Where do you see/taste/touch/feel/hear postmodernity? Where does your postmodernity take you?