What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus
Don Everts and Doug Schaupp
How do people come to Jesus in a postmodern culture? Don Everts and Doug Schaupp—two self-described “missionaries to the college campus”—interviewed 2,000 postmodern converts to find out.
Everts and Schaupp are quick to anticipate the groans of people who don’t care for the nebulous “postmodern” jargon, defining upfront what postmodernity means to them:
It’s how things are right now. It’s the in between times. We are more experiential than propositional in our connection to truth. We are more communal than individualistic. We value authenticity over theory. We understand struggle more than naïve certainty. We are in process, and we will be different in ten or twenty years.
As suggestions of certainty and conclusiveness evidently give these two the willies, one can imagine their frisson when they actually found common, verifiable principles underlying every testimony they heard. Or, more in keeping with the language of the book, they found that postmodern converts shared strikingly similar experiences.