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August 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 28 (Session 7, Day 10)

Tuesday, August 28 (Session 7, Day 10)


                Since arriving at summit we have heard from many wise men that ideas have consequences.  In the eight days that have now passed, we have been informed and equipped to defend Christianity against the many other ideas affecting our culture.  A couple ideas which have infiltrated themselves into the many facets of our society are the worldviews of scientific naturalism and postmodernism.  These ideas have been introduced to us by several speakers up to this point, but today J.P. Moreland and John Stonestreet shared in greater detail their effects on our culture and the erroneous assumptions they make. 

                Before continuin0g, it’s important that you know a little bit about me and where I am at in life.  I am looking ahead towards my junior year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Being a student at a secular university that commonly ranks among the top party schools in America has led to some interesting conversations with my peers.  My freshman year many people would tell me that they believe in science; that science can explain all of our questions in life.  At that point in my life I was not prepared nor armed to do much more than agree to disagree.  Since that point I began to explore the reasons behind my beliefs, and continued to grow in what it looks like to follow Christ in college.  I have been involved in CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), and been presented many opportunities to grow in my understanding of the gospel and share its hope with others. 

I spent the first six weeks of this summer in Montevideo, Uruguay sharing my faith with university students and helping to build up leaders on their campus.  While there, a family friend encouraged me to attend Summit to gain a greater understanding of worldviews and to receive ammunition for defending my faith.

Today we received a heavy dose of history and philosophy, leading to a deeper understanding of opposing worldviews and the self-refuting claims they make.  As Moreland puts it, “Christians will continue to marginalize themselves in American society as long as we simply say we have faith that God exists.”  Many times we believe that all we can have is faith, and we ignore Christianity as a source of knowledge which can impact reality.  We have heard many of the arguments for the existence of God thus far, but today Moreland laid out three arguments in further detail.  By looking at the origin of our universe, the vast amounts of information surrounding us and morality, we can see the need for an everlasting, immaterial, and timeless being outside our universe that has the power of free choice.  Through further deduction we can see that all signs point towards a personal God who created us and desires us to seek a relationship with Him. 

Our night session was a change of pace when Jeff Meyers shared with us a biblical view of marriage and family.  Coming from a family of divorce, learning how the family was designed to look has become a topic I have grown passionate about.  He laid out the biblical account of creation and shared God’s plan for marriage and the family.  Our society has shifted far from God’s plan for the family, but we were challenged to redeem it through pursuing the Lord and placing him as the foundation of our relationships. 

As I sit in class I am continually reminded of how great of an opportunity I have been given to be here at Summit.   The speakers have challenged us intellectually, and challenged us to begin to think for ourselves.  As I look at my fellow classmates, I see a group informed, impassioned, Christ following youth ready to go out into the world and have an impact for Christ’s Kingdom.

-Stephen Campbell

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  • August 29, 2012 // 07:22 am //  # 
    The Browns's avatar The Browns

    Thanks for sharing your journey and your day with us.  Keep being a light in the darkness in Madison and beyond!

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