Postmodernity, wrote Jean Francois Lyotard, entails an incredulity towards metanarratives. We might put this the other way around. Postmodernity finds mini narratives credible, the narratives of local communities. That is, that a story gives meaning to one’s own life is sufficient to make it right or true, without regard to some larger understanding. Simply put, we create our own meaning and identity.
Constructed Identity, Not Universal, Natural Law
This way of thinking has now reached the level of the Supreme Court (Obergefell v. Hodges, 26 June, 2015). One might say that this is not the first time the court has interpreted law in light of postmodern thinking, but the decision announced today to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ is a prime example of postmodern logic. Marriage is what we say it is, not what God established in creation.
We need to recognize, however, that what we refer to today as postmodern is a perspective that has long b…