The Primary Characteristics of the Postmodern Worldview – Part V

  • The fifth characteristic of the Postmodern worldview is its elevation of uncritical tolerance as the highest virtue in society.
  • Because of the Postmodern belief that there is no objective truth and truth is relative, Postmodern culture declares that nobody has the right to criticize or condemn another person’s beliefs or lifestyle. We must be uncritically tolerant of all people.
  • Within Postmodern thought, this uncritical tolerance is especially demanded in the areas of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion; and if you do not uncritically accept someone in each of these four areas, you are given the label of “intolerant”.
  • Of course, the areas of gender and race are intrinsic to who we are as human beings and part of our nature as being created in the image of God. However, the areas of sexual orientation and religion have been wrongly elevated by Postmodern thought to a status demanding uncritical tolerance.
  • The uncritical tolerance of Postmodernism has created a situation where society today has become morally relativistic. Virtually anything goes when it comes to areas such as sexual activity, religious views, etc.
  • Ironically, while Postmodernism elevates uncritical tolerance as the highest virtue in society, there is one group of people that Postmodernism simply cannot tolerate; and they are Christians who hold to a biblical worldview and its affirmation of absolute truth and God-given moral norms.

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