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[233] Self

Contemporary culture is characterized by a celebration of self.  Social media—Facebook, Ancestry, Instagram, Twitter, and other such channels—are focused on the glorification of the individual.  No one is anonymous.  Everyone counts.  And each can tell the world his or her story.  Announcements, posts, pictures, “friends,” contacts and all the other modes of communication point to each person’s importance and uniqueness.

All of this comports very well with a postmodern age, one which rejects the existence of any certain truth outside the individual.  Truth is all from the inside for the postmoderns.  Truth is individual—phenomenological in psychological terms.  With each person containing a unique slice of truth in the absence of any universal truth, clearly everyone is significant.  In fact each individual becomes a sort of deity, what with their being an a repository of truth.

This is all part of a spirit of error, one that emerges from an antichristian worldview, one in which the creature is all important.  The creator (if there is one) is irrelevant.  If there is a God, he or she is of little significance.  What is important are all those unique individuals.  That is what is to be venerated.  That is what is to be worshipped.  None of this is new.  In fact, it is as old as The Fall described in Genesis 3, where we read of Adam and Eve wanting be more than what they were created to be, servants of God.  They wanted to “be as gods.”

The current postmodern strain does differ a bit from The Fall.  God is not a part of the postmodern equation.  He is irrelevant, absent from its mode of thinking.  What is very much the same as the Genesis story is that humans seek to be pre-eminent.  The purpose of life is not, as Christians believe, to be centered on honoring God.  It is about glorifying oneself.  DC

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