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May 22, 2010

Session 1 | Day 7

Session 1 | Day 7

A few months ago, as I watched James Cameron’s Avatar, I was blown away not only by the visuals, but by the creativity that went into the film. This wasn’t a run-of-the-mill sci-fi flick: an entire biological world had been invented by the director and screenwriters. I found myself envying their creativity, but then I took a closer look. The flora and fauna on the fictional planet Pandora was colorful and seemed wholly original, until I recalled seeing similar vegetation in a Great Barrier Reef documentary. The animals in the film resembled animals we see on earth, only bigger and more exotic, and the phosphorescent quality of the forest at night, again, is found in the oceans here on earth. It became evident to me that it is very difficult to come up with an original idea.

Here at the Summit we are exploring that same principle, only applied to a much more powerful and potentially dangerous walk of life than a movie. Here we learn that the principle applies to worldviews. How hard is it to come up with an original worldview? It turns out that, in the entire world, there are only six.

Six worldviews govern the world, and only one of them brings hope to human kind. Islam seeks to subjugate, Marxism to make us slaves to the state, while Secular Humanism and Post Modernism cast us into purposeless despair. Cosmic Humanism delivers no intellectual satisfaction, which leaves only Christ. Christ not only fulfills every need that we have (intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually), but He also embraces us in love and purpose. Not surprisingly, the only satisfaction we can find is in our Creator.

Just as James Cameron can’t improve on the incomparable beauty and complexity of God’s creation, Nietzche, Darwin, Mohammed, and Marx cannot improve on the powerful purpose that God gives us. Since I was small, I have known this, but the Summit is helping to explain why. We are learning the detailed histories in all of the worldviews so that we have the ability to confront them as we encounter them in the intellectual battlegrounds of our universities. We have learned so much in one week, and I am very excited to see what they have in store for the next.

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