Peter Heltzel – protestant activist, friend of Randy Woodley, author of Resurrection City, and upcoming podcast guest – posed a question on Twitter yesterday:

What does postmodernity mean for those who suffer?

Friend of the podcast, Anthony Smith addressed one aspect when he tweeted “black folks been postmodern since 1619. We’ve always rendered incredulous european metanarratives.”

I have been thinking about how one would possibly address that question in 140 characters. Here is what I came up with:

4 things postmodernity undermines: colonial certainty, enlightenment epistemology, scientific reductive approaches & capitalist confidence.

I would love to hear what you might tweet in order to answer Heltzel’s question. Answers longer than 140 characters will not be discounted … but responses within the format will be given bonus points.


In case you are wondering about Dr. Heltzel,  he is director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. He is quoted in the linked article as saying:

“Corporate leaders, Wall Street financiers, real estate developers and insurance executives are already in conversation. We need to improvise with the religious traditions in our faith communities to create the conditions through which we can collaborate for justice as we build a deeper community.”

I’m looking forward to his visit to the podcast.