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May 24, 2010

Session 1 | Day 9

Session 1 | Day 9

Today we heard from two excellent speakers: John Stonestreet and J.P. Moreland. Both seemed to be very passionate and knowledgeable of their subject matter.

John Stonestreet spoke to us on the topic of “Christianity and Culture.” He challenged us to engage the culture by being in the world but not of it. He addressed the evil in the world today, particularly the dehumanizing culture of our day and age. And he stated that we Christians are responsible for helping people to understand their identity, value, purpose, and calling from God. He shared a very interesting quotation with us as follows:

“The incarnation takes all that properly belongs to our humanity and delivers it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites and capacities and yearnings and proclivities are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free.” ~Thomas Howard, Evangelical Is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacraments

John Stonestreet left us very much inspired to become Biblically grounded and culturally literate in order that we might effectively engage the world for Christ.

Our second speaker today was philosopher J.P. Moreland. He spoke to us on the topics of “Loving God with All Your Mind” and “The Worldview of Scientific Naturalism.” In these two lectures, he explained several philosophical distinctions and proposed five evidences for the existence of God. It was, at times, hard to wrap our minds around the new concepts that he was introducing to us! First, he defined truth according to the Correspondence Theory of Truth as a matching between thought and reality. Next, he discussed the three types of knowledge: knowledge by acquaintance, propositional knowledge, and know-how. He explained that we know God by our own personal experience of His existence in our lives, by our Christian beliefs that are based on adequate reasons, and by our skill in relating to Him through prayer. Finally, he explained how the origin of the universe, the origin of information, the fine-tuning of the universe, the existence of equal values, and the origin of consciousness are all best explained with respect to the existence of God. It was very interesting!

I am very grateful for the understanding that these two men have shared with us today, and I am looking forward to the rest of the lectures that we have yet to hear this week! May we truly understand why we believe what we believe by the end of our Summit session, and then may we go home and share that knowledge with others!

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