520-12-1 Spirituality in post-Postmodern Metropolises

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How does the Kingdom of God create a future beyond post-modernism? What is the Kingdom What is Postmodernism? How do the two relate? This presentation underlies the video on Postmodern Spirituality that can be found at https://vimeo.com/vivgrigg/postmodern . It is based on the book by Viv Grigg, The Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City.

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Kingdom and post-Postmodern Megalopolises:

Kingdom and post-Postmodern Megalopolises In the AD2000 movement, we didn’t think far enough ahead. Locked into people group thinking, US missions strategies were largely irrelevant in the cities. We also missed the Urban Millenium as it got reduced to a decade. In a decade, cities have already morphed into the era of Megalopolises and Conurbanisations . A Global extension of data in Grigg, Viv, (2010) The Spirit of Christ and The Postmodern City, Emeth Press

50 Year Urban Mission Framework: Transformation of the World’s Cities:

50 Year Urban Mission Framework: Transformation of the World’s Cities Mobilize catalytic teams to global slums (1.3 Billion) from West (70’s-90’s) Catalyse indigenous movements of 10,000 disciples, churches, Bible school in slums of each of 6600 cities (90’s-2015) Movements engage in significant transformational of slums (95-2020) As a result, movements for urban transformation sparked among the urban elites (2000-2025) Transformation of culture, philosophies and structures of conurbanizations (2020-2050) to welcome back the King. No reflection, no dream: no dream, no strategy.

4000 year old Abrahmic dream The Biblical Tale of Two Cities:

4000 year old Abrahmic dream The Biblical Tale of Two Cities City of Beauty, Equality, Love & Prosperity Our task to bring the city of God into the City of Man He looked forward to a city, whose builder and maker was God

Critical Progressions: Conurbanism:

Critical Progressions: Conurbanism We are past the collapse of Christendom, past the collapse of Western modernism in the no-man’s land of postmodernism It’s a divine moment where the future is open to those who will take it Issues beyond Urbanism: What does 1. A post-Postmodern Conurbanism look like? 2. A Kingdom-transformed Megalopolis look like?

Emergent Polarizations Socio-geography of post-Postmodern city:

Emergent Polarizations Socio-geography of post-Postmodern city Two tiered cities Slums Trailer parks Multi-family Stock Exchange Culture of megalopolis Politico-Economic polarization Expansion of Dear , L.A. as Postmodern Urbanism Informal Migrant Economy Politics of Nature

Western Postmodernism:

Western Postmodernism

Third World Post-modernism:

Third World Post-modernism 1.3 billion in slums today 2 billion by 2025 All population increase to slums

Chinese Postmod-ernism Cities Without History :

Chinese Postmod-ernism Cities Without History http://www.archdaily.com/category/urban-design/page/5/

Cities Without History :

Cities Without History A former nation of farmers, China is halfway becoming an empire of citizens. Dusty roads are turning asphalt, carts turn into cars and concrete apartment blocks are replaced by pink and lavender condominiums. Within a decade the tidal wave of modernizations has spilled far beyond China’s coastal regions across the nation’s grey green landscape. Many thousands of villages have doubled in size and the plans for hundreds of entirely new cities are prepared and ready, awaiting execution. http://www.archdaily.com/category/urban-design/page/5/

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If the Kingdom Determined Post- Post-modern Culture…

Determining values and structures of the post-Post-modernist megalopolis:

Determining values and structures of the post-Post-modernist megalopolis Building on Evangelism and Revival, what do vision and strategies for Transformation look like?

What is the Kingdom?:

What is the Kingdom?

Collapsing Western Modernism:

Collapsing Western Modernism

Transitional Vacuum of Postmodernism:

Transitional Vacuum of Postmodernism

Missions Proposal: Transitioning to Global Kingdom Cosmopolitanism:

Missions Proposal: Transitioning to Global Kingdom Cosmopolitanism

1. Reintegration Around King & Kingdom as Universal Centre:

1. Reintegration Around King & Kingdom as Universal Centre Post-post-modernism Jesus-Integrator Authority Coherence of Story Future Hope Integration (Col 1:15) Community (He is an “ Usness ”) Post-Modernism Loss of Authority in Govt , Academe, Religion Incoherent Meaning Loss of Hope Disintegration as end of Modern Project Individual as Autonomous Building on Evangelism and Revival:

2. From a New World Order of Oppression & Destruction to an Alternative Kingdom Order:

2. From a New World Order of Oppression & Destruction to an Alternative Kingdom Order Defense of the Marginalized Affirmation of Cultures, Tribes and localised self-sustaining economies Creation of Public Space for pluralism (as in Egypt, not Libya) Diffusion of economic, social, political power Building on Evangelism and Revival:

3. Personhood Infusing Matter:

3. Personhood Infusing Matter Moral Care of the Environment Localised Cooperative vs. Capitalist Consumer Society Personhood as Source of Energy Working with the Expansive Creativity of Universe Wisdom Societies Beyond the Knowledge Economies Building on Evangelism and Revival: Half of the world’s city population will be slums by 2025 - we can transform these, but we will need an evangelical and Pentecostal theology of land, land rights, and people power.

4. From Evolutionary Determinism to Redefinition of the Anthropo-logical :

4. From Evolutionary Determinism to Redefinition of the Anthropo -logical Popcorn City at Night Owner: Aexion

4. From Evolutionary Determinism to Redefinition of the Anthropological :

4. From Evolutionary Determinism to Redefinition of the Anthropological Devaluation of Humanness DNA Determinism Global McDonaldization Fragmentation Schizophrenia Image as Substance Dignity Worth Meaning Hope Community Holism Integrity Building on Evangelism and Revival: Half of the world’s city population will be slums by 2025 - we can transform these, but we will need an evangelical and Pentecostal theology of land, land rights, and people power.

Beyond academics - prophecy informs strategy:

Beyond academics - prophecy informs strategy If God could allow an earthquake to destroy Christchurch, New Zealand a godly city The Jonah Strategy: Not Transformation but Judgment : to warn the people at the centre of the Babylonian universal city culture to flee? Why aren’t we following Jonah ? Why would he not annihilate Los Angeles? City of economic oppression, destroyer of families, exporter of pornography, destroyer of global cultures, centre of homosexuality, unfettered individualism, exploitative wealth disparity, into which the luxurious goods of the earth, and its prostitution pour?

And God – Sovereign Judge:

And God – Sovereign Judge If God could allow an earthquake out of the blue to destroy my university city, Christchurch, New Zealand, a godly city, more just than most any on the earth, built by the godly, lead by the godly, caring for the poor , with neither oppression nor violence, with equality and home ownership, with work, and productivity, with beauty and artistry. The Jonah Strategy: to warn the people at the centre of the Babylonian universal city culture? Why aren’t we following it? Why would he not destroy Los Angeles? City of economic oppression, destroyer of families, exporter of pornography, destroyer of global cultures, centre of homosexuality, leading proponent of unfettered individualism, and exploitative wealth disparity, a city into which the luxurious goods of the earth, and its prostitution pour?

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