The Abolition of God

In spite of all that has been discussed so far I suspect that many readers will find this title to be overblown. After all, even if some, and a majority in some Presbytery Assemblies, appear to be strongly influenced by postmodernism, they also clearly identify themselves as Christian. When speaking and writing they may mention Jesus Christ, God, the Scriptures and even occasionally the Confessions. Doesn’t Christian charity and denominational peace demand that we presume common foundational concepts for our faith?

That would be a wonderful situation. However, I believe that postmodern Christians have internalized a dictionary of theological concepts that is completely different than that used by most Christians. Therefore, when members of the PCUSA engage in discussions using words such as “God,” “Scripture,” and “Christ;” there are cases in which the underlying definitions are so radically different that, though the words be the same they are actually speaking different languages.

I will argue in what follows that the ultimate end of postmodern Christianity is indeed the “abolition of God,” not in the “God is dead” sense, but rather in the “God is who I decide it is” sense. Specifically, postmodern Christianity asserts that God does not exist as an objective, external, unchanging reality that is revealed through His Word, but rather is primarily a human construct with characteristics determined by our level of knowledge, emotional states and social conditions.

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