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Gail Nixon

Cultural trends of late-modernism


Topic: Cultural trends of late-modernism

I. The Ethics of Authenticity

II. The Ethics of Authenticity is the belief that each person expresses personal feelings, unique in their
own right, dismissing the feelings of others (expressive individualism). In other words. Express yourself
that your individual sense of self-worth is recognized by others at any cost.

Charles Taylor describes expressive individualism as how we feel inside what we do to protect those
feelings through expression by not allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by external forces through
conformity. He says what is most important to any individual is to be “true to themselves”. David
Brooks observes that the “gospel of self-trust” is what’s being taught today, and underlying that gospel
are “clichés and assumptions about meaning, identity and ethics”. Moreover, “self-authorizing morality
“holds personal choice as the highest good, which is merely another way of saying. “It’s all about me!”
Personal freedom is seen as omnipotent. The author submits the idea that individual choice and
independence from outside influences can make you miss what is good in life. Alain Renaut as said “The
man of humanism is the one who no longer receives his norms and laws wither from the nature of
things nor from God, but who establishes them himself on the basis of his reason and will. “

III. Opportunities for Christian engagement

As Americans, We are allowed to express ourselves freely, as long as we do not infringe on the rights of
others.. Basing our internal feelings only on our desires is unstable. We must explore Identity, justice,
and community to connect with and critique expressive individualism.

IV. Inside Out Approach to the whole trend of Identity

a. Inside. We cannot help but to look at our surrounding culture. How we affirm our sense of value and
self-worth is looking at something or someone to identify with, in search of our happiness. It may be
God, marriage, or school; whatever we drives us to get validation for ourselves. When that thing is taken
away, we feel a deep void, so it is important not to fall into worship of external things (other than God).

b. Out. Anytime we build our lives on anything other than God, we set ourselves up for failure. We can,
as Christians however, emulate the one, true God who loves us (John 3:16 -17), and advocates that we
love one another (Mark 12:33). When we are right with God, we can be right with each other (Matthew
6:33). Christianity gives us assurance that life is good, and all goodness of life are gifts to us from God as
long as they do not become our ultimate reason for living. No false god can deliver, but only take over
our lives and diminish our self-esteem. God Can give us joy, Find value in him, and give thanks for his
goodness and mercy. We can invest ourselves in eternal realities. After all, he’s got the whole world in
his hands (Job 12: 10). Amen.

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Bibliography : Chatraw, Joshua D. & Allen. Mark D. Apologetics at the Cross ©2018 ePub Edition