Postmodernism in Student Ministry

The reality of my generation is they are in a quagmire of uncertainty and lostness. Descartes declared his belief in cogito ergo sum: “I think, therefore I am.” This belief began to infiltrate the hearts and minds of people to believe that truth is the basis of thought. In other words, there was no foundation for truth. The skepticism of the postmodern movement has shown itself in this current generation. In Wikipedia’s encyclopedia about moral relativism it says, “moral or ethical propositions do not reflect absolute and universal moral truths but instead are relative to social, cultural, historical or personal references, and that there is no single standard by which to assess an ethical proposition's truth.” George Barna’s research indicates, “When it comes to believing in absolute truth, only 9% of born again teens believe in moral absolutes and just 4% of the non-born again teens believe that there are moral absolutes.”

How does one effectively minister to teenagers and adults when they have no basis for absolute truth and they base their decisions solely upon their feelings?

Three major questions need to be answered biblically to find truth:

1. What is truth?

2. What is of value?

3. What is real?

Over the next few days, I'll be writing on postmodernism in student ministry.