The Suicidal Nature of Postmodernism
Postmodernism is the preferred worldview of the intelligentsia in the western world. Clearly identifying most of the tenets of post-modernism is like nailing jello to the wall because of the essence of its central idea, borrowed from the great anti-Christian, nineteenth century German philosopher and cultural critic Friedrich Nietzsche: truth claims are power plays. Rejecting moral absolutes in favor of "perspectivism" ("many eyes, many truths"), Nietzsche famously remarked, "Behind every virtue is a sniveling vice." Like Nietzsche, the left wing postmoderns in what remains of Western Civilization rally behind the notion that the Judeo-Christian concept of absolute truth is an archaic right wing power play. However, unlike Nietzsche, few postmoderns are willing to bravely follow the idea of absolute relativism to its logical conclusion: complete nihilism and utter insanity.
Postmodern intellectuals either suffer from the immense irony of failing to identify the kindergarten-easy-to-spot, self-refuting fallacy of the concept of absolute relativism, or the nonsensical hubris of thinking somehow they're too smart for the laws of logic, or the denial of laws of logic altogether (while using them to arrive at that conclusion), or outright intentional hypocrisy: believing their claim about relativism to be the only absolute. However, any idea can be thought, but not all can be consistently lived. Nobody is a pure perspectivist in practice and Nietzsche's dogged pursuit of relativism I imagine led to his insanity at the point when he purposed in his heart to be honest to his convictions and realized his convictions had robbed the word "honesty" of its meaning.
If so, that would have been the moment Nietzsche's worldview crumbled against the brick wall of reality (TRUTH) and he was left with either the dangerous decision of opposing reality in the full knowledge of what he was doing or allowing some distraction to paper over the suicidal nature of the lie. Both choices conform to the biblical notion of rejecting the truth for a lie, with the former the much lesser traveled, path of bold, shaking-the-fist-at-the-sky sort of pride and the latter a heavily trafficked wide road to destruction where the drivers simply stare at social media feeds on their smartphones to distract themselves from the fact their vehicles are building up speed across a half-built bridge, which can never be fully constructed. This distraction form of truth rejection has always been the most popular for human beings who seek to deny ultimate reality. It's why the false prophet was always more popular than the true one in the Bible. Nevertheless, today the tendency toward distraction from the glaring built in truth rejections of postmodernism is made irresistibly simple through the means of media and technology.
We have all the information in the world at our fingertips, yet our society's citizens know less than the majority of generations past about the Grand Conversation of the great minds through the centuries as it relates to truth. It is the task of the ambassador of truth (identified in Scripture as a Person rather than a thing; a greater-than-the-cosmos Mind rather than a detached logical law or natural force) to bring the irreconcilable contradictions to the fore in creative ways so those sinking in the amoral opioid quicksand of postmodernism can grab hold of a strong vine and escape before Nietzsche's vanity swallows them up for good. For example, perhaps the most common post-modern accusation against Christianity is that Christians tend to be hypocrites (never mind for a moment that this commits the genetic fallacy - something may be true even if a liar believes it). While this is of course universally true of Christians, albeit to varying degrees (Scripture is clear on the extent of noetic effects of the Original Sin), it raises a gigantic problem for the postmodern: hypocrisy only indicates that truth is not being lived up to. Or, as François de La Rochefoucauld famously remarked, “Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.”
If relativism was true; if perspectivism was the only standard, then why would a postmodern accuse someone of putting on a front, as if the truth about what they were doing was something measurable in moral terms to a standard outside the accuser and the hypocrite? It simply does not result from their worldview! Only those who understand that objective truth is fundamental to ultimate reality can levy the charge of hypocrisy without the claim in itself not measuring up to its own standard. Even for those closed off to truth and completely satisfied with their feet suspended firmly in midair, the idea of not truly possessing the ground to shout "you hypocrite!" at a religious fundamentalist should be enough to put a very sharp pebble in their shoe.
Os Guinness, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, Downers Grove: IL: Intervarsity, 2015