Michel Foucault

Two Cheers For The Reformation … Well … Sorta … Kinda … Part III: Postmodern Nihilism And The Reformation

Two Cheers For The Reformation … Well … Sorta … Kinda … Part III: Postmodern Nihilism And The Reformation

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In a couple of instances over the years – like here  and here – I have alluded to Mark Twain’s possibly apocryphal statement that, while history does not repeat, it often rhymes. Upon re-reading my two “Skeptic’s” columns on the Protestant Reformation, I realize now that I could have added a third instance of history rhyming. For the Reformation was about 500 years ahead of its time in anticipating some of the most crucial principles of postmodernist nihilism. In fact, conservative Protestantism may be understood as postmodernism born out of due season.  In particular, strictly as a representative sample, consider the following motifs of conservative Protestantism, each of which has its counterpart in the ideology of postmodernism: o “Democratization” of interpretation and exegesis