Modernity is a concept that social theorists grapple with. It is often contrasted with postmodernism, which the linked entry notes "generally refers to the criticism of absolute truths or identities and 'grand narratives.'" While this is already a postmodern world in some respects, religion tends to trail social trends by a few decades. But maybe it is catching up: postmodern religion may be just over the horizon.
This is clear, for example, in reading about the Emerging Church (EC), the latest trend in Christianity. Some see the EC as nothing less than postmodern religion: non-institutional, narrative rather than rational, immersed in media and technology, and largely unconcerned with traditional religious concepts like denominational identity, theology, or creeds. It could be just another religious fad or it could be a glimpse of the future of Christianity. Here's my question: Is there a parallel in Mormonism? What would a postmodern LDS Church look like?
I'll throw out a couple interesting ideas. First, blogs play a key role in the EC (see this post at BT for some interesting links). It's how EC churches and luminaries make their presence known and recruit adherents. So, oddly enough, the Bloggernacle is one candidate for postmodern Mormonism, along with other online forums where Mormons of various stripes (active, cultural, former, anti, etc.) interact. It might be the closest thing to an Emerging Mormon Church, but it really doesn't feel very postmodern to me. Or maybe the Christian EC is the left face of postmodern Christianity, whereas the Bloggernacle is a more conservative version.
Another surprise candidate for postmodern Mormonism is the FARMS Review, whose writers often invoke postmodern positions to counter critics who employ naturalistic perspectives in their critique of LDS history or beliefs. To me, this has always seemed like an odd tactic to employ, and I honestly can't tell whether they adopt postmodern perspectives sincerely or just rhetorically. Again, they hardly seem like a postmodern group, but then I don't really claim to understand how they think over there. If you don't like my candidates for postmodern Mormonism, throw out one of your own.
Last thought: What (if anything) will move the Church in new directions, whether postmodern or otherwise? Increasing growth in South America and Africa? The impact of technology? The influence of historians or intellectuals? The cultural confrontation with Islam that seems to be looming over the West? The Church has in many ways been in a retrenchment mode since 1890, regrouping and consolidating, but we're about as consolidated as an institution can get at this point. I think we might be due for some fundamental changes to "take it to the next level" in the next generation or two.
[Note: I rewrote the first two paragraphs on 4/6. They make more sense now. How fitting -- writing a post on postmodernism and having it come out incoherent.]