Blogs - Student Conferences - Colorado
September 06, 2011
September 6th, 2011 (Session 8, Day 9)
Coming from a conservative family and growing up in a culture with an ingrained leftist view of the world, you can imagine how shocking it was to come to Summit. I have grown up in San Francisco, California all my life and have soaked up a lot of lies that I always assumed to be true. For instance, Homosexuals are born gay. It’s morally right for a woman to choose to have an abortion. Socialism is good because it creates a utopian society where all the wealth is redistributed and everyone has an equal share. At first when I came to Summit, I was scared it was my parents plan to manipulate my opinions to become like theirs. But it turned out, Summit wasn’t in any way trying to manipulate what I believe or change my opinions. Summit was there to make me more aware of all the cultural issues our generation is facing. Growing up in a public school most of my life made me completely unconscious that the government was leading our country in the wrong direction. Summit opened my eyes to the transitions in America from the principles of our Founding Fathers to Marxism, a completely different structure for our country. The problem with this transition is the mindset our country has developed. This is a mindset of assuming. We have assumed that Americans can’t direct their own lives and need to depend on the government. This gives Americans much less value and is pretty much telling us as citizens that were not smart enough to fend for ourselves.
Today, we focused in on a very specific topic: Abortion. We watched a video clip on what actually goes on in an abortion; and it was horrifying. Of course in my public school, it was okay to show stacked dead bodies from the Holocaust but not an abortion. No way. Because once we show that, people may think that the fetus is actually human. Scott Klusendorf was the lecturer of this video and gave an excellent argument for why abortion is wrong. I will relate this argument by illustrating a few key points he said. First, he related to us how people in western civilization used to objectively weigh the evidence in arguments, but now arguments have become ones’ personal preference in their given circumstance. In other words, our culture has become more self-centered. The Left-wings’ argument is to look at the circumstances of the individual women getting the abortions, and that the government shouldn’t impose its’ view on what they think women should need. The problem with people who call themselves pro-life today is that they can’t set up a rational argument. That’s why many people are pro-choice, because the pro-lifers will try to convert them or call them to damnation if they did have an abortion. Scott Klusendorf explained how a human man and woman bear a human child. From this, he brought up what the real issue was without the distractions: Is the fetus unborn? Is it really human? When does a fetus’ life actually start? What determines when a fetus is human? What makes a human is its possession of human nature. Therefore, when a man and a woman bear a child, that child is human, because the mother and father were human. So that child possesses human nature. He elaborated on how the stages of development affect people’s views on if that child is human or not. And he portrayed how, if that is true, why shouldn’t it be okay to kill a two year old if the only issue is development? What distinguishes a fetus and a two year old? If it’s okay to kill a fetus because it’s at a younger age in development, then it must be okay to kill a six year old compared to a fourteen-year old. Right now, I don’t necessarily have an opinion on this topic besides the fact that I know killing babies is wrong. Scott Klusendorf showed how people who are pro-life can create a rational argument so that people on a completely different playing field who don’t share the same morals can relate and understand the hard facts and truth: Killing a human life is wrong.
Summit has been very intellectually stimulating and has added new perspectives in shaping my worldview, more cultural awareness and understanding of not how Christianity fits into the culture, but how the culture fits into Christianity.