Posted by The Happy Tutor
AKMA on a new way of faithful postmodern interpretation,
Such a way does not repudiate knowing, study, critical reflection, or truth-claims, but it affirms them in a context inseparable from a practice of discipleship — charity, patience, service, and fidelity. I think that converges with the other essay-notion’s attention to disarming forced binary choices, as well. We’ll see what happens next.
If you read postmodern criticism, even certain passages in AKMA's Faithful Interpretation, on, say, Jonah, the fishy tale, the fish's tail, Stanley Fish, etc. it sounds flippant, insoucient, irreverent and insubordinate to textual authority. That is how Gonzalez sounds to me torturing the Constitution to allow him to torture you or me. When AKMA speaks here of subordinating his wit to a prior greatness, he may find that he has outgrown the influence of Fish. The Bible is a text, but that is no excuse for flamboyant, self aggrandizing bad taste. What Gonzalez is doing is indebted to Fish, only for higher stakes. Catherine Austin Fitts ruining her career, and risking her life to tell simple truth about complex lies, could teach us all a little about Christianity as a way of life, bearing witness at whatever cost. The Gospels are pretty simple to understand. Every child does. It is the grownups who have a hard time with it because they can't even half way live up to the text and so make it inscrutable, lest its claim on them bring them to the Via Dolorosa. "I do not know the man," is repeated in every postmodern class. We deny the obvious meaning of the text, for the risk it poses to our own complacency and well being. Postmodernism was born in Vichy France, as a system of alibis, and has found a good home here just in time for it come in handy in excusing our moral cowardice as our Constitution is subverted by those sworn to protect it. "Is there a Constitution in this classroom? A Bill of Rights? A writ of Habeas Corpus?" We don't answer such questions with words alone, or if we do our words are acts - brave, cowardly, evasive or whatever it might be. The fatal price is paid, I should add by those whose interpretation is tellingly and unmistakably correct. Hence the proliferation of cant. We are shamefast in the presence of the truth.