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1. Missiological Implications of Epistemological Shifts: Affirming Truth in a Modern/Postmodern World. By Paul G. Hiebert. 1999 Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International. A small book with chapters on “The Epistemological Foundations of Positivism,” “The Epistemological Challenges of Instrumentalism and Idealism,” and “Critical Realism: A Way Ahead.” 2. The Truth about The Truth: De-confusing and Re-constructing the Postmodern World. Edited by Walter Truett Anderson. 1995 New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. A reader presenting and critiquing postmodernism with articles by Isaiah Berlin, Umberto Eco, Vaclav Havel, Jacques Derrida, Kenneth Gergen, Maureen O’Hara, Michel Foucault, Stanley Krippner, Martin Marty, Richard Rorty, Howard Gardner, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Robert Jay Lifton, Jean Baudrillard, Charles Jencks, Thomas S. Kuhn, Pauline Marie Rosenau, Bell Hooks, Paul Feyerbend, Ernest Becker, Roy Wagner, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman, and others. 3. Anabaptists and Postmodernity. Edited by Susan Biesecker-Mast and Gerald Biesecker- Mast. 2000 Telford, PA: Pandora Press U.S. A reader from a particular Christian tradition engaging postmodernism. Articles by Stanley Hauerwas, Peter Blum, Thomas Finger, Michael King, Paul Tiessen, John Roth, Scott Holland, Hildi Froese Tiessen, Jeff Gundy, John Richard Burkholder, Marlene Kropf, J. Denny Weaver, Douglas Jacobsen, Gerald Schlabach, John Stahl-Wert, Chris Huebner, Thomas Heilke, Leo Driedger and others. 4. Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. Ngugi wa Thiong’o. A provocative book by a Kenyan (Gikuyu) novelist and playwright who has been on the outs with both the British colonial regime and the independent government. This book should give a feeling of why Two-Thirds World intellectuals might be angry. (Note: You are advised that there is some vulgar language on p. 82; You are not required to read Section VIII which begins on page 80 and continues to page 82.) 5. Asian Biblical Hermeneutics and Postcolonialism: Contesting the Interpretations. By R. S. Sugirtharajah. 1998 Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. A book that raises the issue of hermeneutics from a non-western perspective that will challenge the students to hear other voices on something central to Christianity. Brings “orientalism,” colonialism, history, oppression and power into the discussion. 6. The Recovery of Mission: Beyond the Pluralist Paradigm. By Vinoth Ramachandra. 1996 Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. A book examining Indian thinking about Christianity and mission that engages both a western and an eastern tradition in ways that move beyond the simple pluralism of American liberal theology.

Publication Date

January 2004


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, MI780, Postmodernism, Fall



MI 780 Postmodern Mission