Over at BLOG and MABLOG Doug Wilson is reviewing John Franke's book on truth, 'Manifold Wisdom: plurality of truth'. Franke is a leading postmodern 'emergent' theologian.
Franke apparently (as we might expect) is attempting to make a case for a seriously relativized truth, by significantly relativizing our interpretation of truth.
"In order to do this, I suggest a simple thesis: the expression of biblical and orthodox Christian faith is inherently and irreducibly pluralist. The diversity of the Christian faith is not, as some approaches to church and theology might seem to suggest, a problem that needs to be overcome" (p. 7)
Plurality in Christian beliefs, Franke apparently avers in true postmodern form, is not only a self evident fact but a fact to be celebrated.
Yet, having vigorously made his case Franke steps back and insists there are as Wilson writes, 'certain fixed principles, certain absolutes, that cannot be altered, come wind or tide.'
"Some claims and assertions about Christian belief and practice are wrong, such as those that support discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender" (p. 8).
I must confess, reading this I almost laughed out loud. The absolutes of the Christian Faith, according to Franke, are those that align with modern leftist liberalism.
Should I have laughed or wept?