The Mediator - Volume XII, Issue 1 April 2017

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The articles in this issue of The Mediatorare the outcome of a conference on postmodernity held at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary on March 5, 2016. The first of these articles formed the cornerstone for the conference, as Dr. Phillip E. Davis presented some of the fruit of his doctoral investigations into the work of Jean-François Lyotard and Lieven Boeve. To his great credit, Davis was able to present the complexities of postmodern philosophy and theology, repackaged in a way that was both accessible to a general audience while simultaneously faithful to the origi-nal work. Thus, Davis challenges us to learn from postmodern thinkers in order to recontextualize the Gospel for a postmodern context. The remaining articles in the present issue were initially offered as responses in plenary session to Davis’s paper. Dr. Jason V. Hallig offers theological reflection, especially focusing on the role of the Church as an open community. Dr. Floyd T. Cunningham approaches the topic from the perspective of a historian. He traces the development of postmodernity within the guild of history, drawing conclusions regarding implications for Wesleyan historians.


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