Lonnell Higgins
Dr. Dycus
Humanities
13 November 2016
21st Century Key Concept Project
Modernism
The Key Concept chosen for American Culture in the 21st Century is described as Modernism. Modernism is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It can also be described as a character or quality of thought, expression, or technique that is up to date with today's styles. I have chosen this concept because it is used in a vital part of today's society in a sense that everything around us uses "up to date" thoughts and techniques to develop living. Most of all, Christianity plays a huge role in Modernism and how we go about things looking at God's work.
This theme has a broad outlook and recognizes how important America has changed and how different and diverse it is compared to the Neoclassical Era. Ways that is it different is that in the Neoclassical Era, there is no facial expression and they inspire to use nudity as much as possible; as in Modernism, it focuses on abstract and eye-popping. Also, Neoclassical art focuses on a story, for instance, " Abduction of the Sabine Women" by Poussin is a painting about the kidnapping of Sabine Women in the legendary episode at Rome in 750 B.C. Compared to "I and The Village" by Marc Chaggal (1911), there are multiple differences including how eye- p opping it is and how it draws the eye toward the painting .
Modernist literature was a predominantly English genre of fiction writing, popular from roughly the 1910s into the 1960s. Modernist literature came into its own due to increasing industrialization and globalization. New technology and the horrifying events of both World Wars (but specifically World War I) made many people question the future of humanity. M ost of these fictional p ie ces was cast in first person. Whereas earlier, most literature had a clear beginning, middle, and end (or introduction, conflict, and resolution), the Modernist story was often more of a stream of consciousness. Irony, satire, and comparisons were often employed to point out society's ills. For the first-time Modernist reader, this can all add up to feel like the story is going nowhere. "As I lay dying" by William Faul ker (1930) and "Goof Morning, Midnight" by Jean Rhys (1939) are both great example of a modern ism.
Christianity and Modernism are direct relations, Christianity affects modernism. In the eyes of a Christian, we should view modernism as the expression of man's attempt to understand himself and as the partial fulfillment of prophecy. Christians should engage the culture influenced by modernism with courage and truth." The children of God should use their talents and intelligence to influence culture with art, literature, philosophy, and science based on the truth of God. We should refuse to keep our light covered" ( Matthew 5:14-16 ). This means injecting Christian thought into the culture rather than keeping it to ourselves to be enjoyed only by others like us. Also, "a Christian should see modernism as another step toward the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Bible. Paul says that in the end times people will be "lovers of self" ( 2 Timothy 3:3 ). Peter mentions that a hallmark of the last days will be the presence of "scoffers" and skeptics ( 2 Peter 3:3 ), and Jude echoes the warning ( Jude 1:18 ). Modernism, with its emphasis on self-expression and self-fulfillment and rejection of God, has nudged humanity that much closer to the final judgment." (Got Questions.com)


Works Cited
GotQuestions.org. "GotQuestions.org." GotQuestions.org , 18 Mar. 2016, gotquestions.org/Christian-modernism.html.