Postmodern Worldview Clips

PLEASE NOTE: These videos can only be used within the educational context of teaching an Anchorsaway class.

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Scene: A trailer for the movie “Chronicle” in which a group of teenagers develop paranormal powers. They use the powers to hurt others and destroy even themselves.

Teaching Point: God has no authority in the postmodern worldview, therefore moral relativity rules. These students are determining right and wrong, and experience is the only truth that they know.

Scene: This is a clip, hosted by Beatle, Ringo Starr, about God being love.

Teaching Lesson: This is a deceptive clip. It includes statements about the God of the Bible, but also includes other religions making it very postmodern. Make sure to highlight specific statements to discuss with students like, “Many people turn to religion when they just can’t cope” and “It doesn’t matter if God is real; what matters is that a person believes he is real”. There is only One True God and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The clip also diminishes faith to a subjective feeling or state, and we know, based on Lesson 4 that the reliability of Scripture gives us objective truth.

Oprah thinks the idea of only one way to God is absurd.

Scene: A couple are on their first date. The woman speaks about the concept of fate, than about “fortunate accidents”, and finally about “reading signs” in order to be happy.

Teaching Point: The woman’s point of view is a “make it up as you go along” philosophy that suits only her perception. Fate is the driving force behind all happenings in the universe and she pulls from several beliefs and philosophies to create her own postmodern worldview.

Scene: Truman Burbank (Jim Carey) lives in a fake town full of actors. When he figures out that his surroundings are fake, he tries to escape.

Teaching point: A postmodern movie showing the complete manipulation of a person by outside influences (culture) that is controlling everything. Truth in his world is determined by the needs and wants of the culture outside of the fake world in which he lived. The creator of the television show was acting as Truman’s god. We also briefly saw a woman praying to God. This is indicative of the postmodern worldview because it is a combination of several different worldviews, and tolerant of each.

Scene: Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, is talking to a group of men about the “Fight Club” in the basement of a bar.

Teaching Point: In Tyler Durden’s challenge to the other members of the Fight Club, we hear the pessimistic futility of his postmodern philosophy.

Scene: Chevy Chase and his caddy are playing golf. Chevy decides to try out some New Age practices of becoming one with his golf ball.

Teaching Point: This scene reflects a postmodern/pantheist worldview. Chevy is postmodern in his approach to answering questions that his caddy has about life and is postmodern when he acknowledges that there is a force in the universe that will carry the golf ball into the green. He is bypassing simple physics and giving credit to “the force”, telling his caddy to stop thinking, let go, and find his center. Most worldviews, except for Christianity, overlap each other.

Morpheus explains to Neo that his reality is only a constructed program, a dream world. The definition of reality is not the material world, but the matrix.