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May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16 (Session 1, Day 1)

Monday, May 16 (Session 1, Day 1)

Hey everyone,

Today at Summit Ministries in Colorado there were many lectures, talks, games, activities, and also great food! The first lecture was a worldview overview; we mainly learned why we are here and what worldviews are.

We learned that worldviews are crucial. We can’t change the fact that everyone has one. It’s impossible to avoid simple-but-deep questions like ‘Who am I? What am I here for? What’s the truth?’ Sometimes facts can be twisted, but also the perspective we see the truth from can be distorted.

We also saw that all worldviews are comprehensive. We were given the example of the movie “The Truman Show.” In the final scene, Truman asks, “Who are you? Who am I? And, was nothing real?” He was given the answers, “Everything you see and here has been done on purpose” from Christof, the director who was playing god in Truman’s life. We see that sometimes in our lives we don’t know why we are here, but we were taught that we are all here for a purpose. And as Christians we know that purpose is to make disciples of all nations.

The final aspect of worldviews we discusses was how they are all connected. Many Christians think that everything is in different bits and pieces, but it is not. Christians can’t take the parts of the Bible and use them in isolation, we must take the Bible as a whole and use all of it, even if it is harsh.

Our second lecture topic was Postmodernism. Christianity believes that in order for you to tell someone about yourself, you must tell them your story. However, this wouldn’t work in postmodernism, because they don’t believe in telling stories. Postmodernists claim that there is no big story and they also claim to “believe in disbelief.”

We then took a nice and much needed break and had lunch, and then went back to the classroom for a lecture about Cosmic Humanism, a.k.a. Oprah’s Spirituality. Cosmic Humanists believe that nature = god. That we are all about of ‘god’ and we are all a part of the ‘force’ that is ‘god’, a light and dark side, much like the yin/yang theory.

After that, we took a field trip to Garden of the Gods. It was a range of mountains with many different rocks, mountains, and even a greeting center. If you ever go out climbing the boulders and rocks, I would recommend wearing the right shoes, bringing a camera, and not falling off the back of the rocks! Garden of the Gods was one of the most beautiful and majestic outdoor landscapes that I have ever witnessed. On the way to and from the range, in my bus, we made ‘gobble’ noises at the pedestrians walking by, just to see what kind of reaction we could get them to make. I think we enjoyed that almost as much as climbing around on the boulders.

When we got back to Summit, we had dinner and an amazing lecture by the man who started it all, Dr. David Noebel. What he says can be very intense, but at the same time, quite hilarious. He was talking to us about worldviews in collision. He told us that ideas rule the world. We were able to learn about some different things that are ‘in’ and ‘out’ at college these days, and see how many of our colleges can lead us off the path of our Christian walk.

In conclusion, I am very excited to be here at Summit and to see the friends, experiences, and ideas that God will show me over the next two weeks.

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