The identity of a cultural dilemma is the necessary diagnosis for cultural recovery.  The prognosis requires the imperative.  The introduction of postmodernity to the American culture paved the way to this neo-dark age.  The sophists worked covertly, but deliberately building world views contrary to rational thought.  The sophisticated postmodern deconstructionist scrupulously avoided the rules for intelligent human discourse.  They decimated the Christian world view with the slight of tongue and literary sophistication.

Although I do not agree wholeheartedly with Alasydair MacIntyre’s views in his book “After Virtue” he did awaken me to the dominant forces influencing the 20th century world views in the United States.  They are the manager, the therapist, and the aesthete.  They are the top shelf of the social strata in this country.  MacIntyre alleges that “truth has been displaced as a value and replaced by psychological effectiveness” (p. 31).

The imperative necessary to recover a biblical world and life view will require spokesmen who believe in the basic rules of intelligent human discourse.  For over a century the evangelical church cheerfully gave up the use of rational inquiry in the discipline of apologetics.  Even more serious was the abandonment of natural law.  Reasonable recovery along with a new standard in scholarly inquiry is necessary for the survival of a rational culture.

I believe most of the western world is in transit between any major philosophical influences.  I wrote a paper over ten years ago arguing that metaphysical inquiry had been neutralized by postmodern thought.  Evidence favors my theory at the beginning of the 21st century.