Postmodern Idolatry (The Emergent Church)
In the book Reclaiming the Center, R. Scott Smith explains the emergent view of truth that is held by some of its leaders such as Stanley Grenz, Brad Kallenberg, and Brian Mclaren. Smith explains how they do not believe objective truth is possible, because no truth statement we know or speak can actually correspond to reality. This is because language is a created barrier that keeps us from having access to the real world. Since all truth is formed in language, no truth can actually correspond to reality (i.e. we do not know things as they really are). Instead we create our truths, and make them what they are. One of their favorite things to say is, "we do not inhabit the world as it really is, instead we inhabit a linguistic world of our own making.
After explaining this Smith makes this revealing comment…
"Therefore, no matter how God tries to reveal himself and objective truth, we cannot know such revelation in itself. Accordingly, we make the revelation what it is for us by how we talk about it. The same goes for God himself. We cannot know God as he is in himself, so we must make God by how we use our language. But that result is plainly idolatrous on the terms of conservative Christians’ own grammar, the Bible. If I am right, then that result alone ought to make us pause and give up these postconservative views. (127).”
In the book Truth and The New Kind of Christian he says it like this…
"Quite simply, Christians cannot know God as He is if we are on the “inside” of the pervasive influences of language, as these Christian postmodernist believe. Just like any other aspect of our “reality,” Christians construct God by how they talk. We make God into what He is—for us. This conclusion, however, results in the absurd condition that Christians must be idolaters (145)."
May their eyes be opened,