Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Same Words... Different Meanings

I am in the throws of reading a book by Josh McDowell called 'The Last Christian Generation'. In it I found a really interesting comparison between the way Baby Boomers think and the way Post Moderns think:


Your Understanding

(Adult Culture)

Postmodern Understanding

(Youth Culture)


Accepting others without agreeing with or sharing their beliefs or lifestyle choices.

Accepting that each individual’s beliefs, values, lifestyles, and truth claims are equal.


Give due consideration to others beliefs and lifestyle choices without necessarily approving of them.

Wholehearted approving of others’ beliefs or lifestyle choices.


Embracing people for who they are, not necessarily for what they say or do.

Endorsing and even praising others for their beliefs and lifestyle choices.

Moral Judgments

Certain things are morally right and wrong as determined by God.

We have no right to judge another person’s view or behaviour.

Personal Preference

Preferences of colour, food, clothing style, hobbies, etc. are personally determined.

Preferences of sexual behaviours, value systems, and beliefs are personally determined.

Personal Rights

Everyone has the right to be treated justly under the law.

Everyone has the right to do what he or she believes is best for himself or herself.


Being free to do what you know you ought to do.

Being able to do anything you want to do.


An absolute standard of right and wrong.

Whatever is right for you.

Have you discovered any of the post modern thinking in the young people that you interact with?
What are some of your thoughts on dealing with the postmodern mindset?
Leave a comment and lets get the discussion rolling...

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