Blogs - Student Conferences - Tennessee
July 21, 2009
Tennessee Session Two- 7/21/09
Early this morning, the students of Summit were graced with the presence of Dr. David Nobel, founder and president of Summit ministries, Wisconsin Badger and current resident of Manitou Springs, CO. Let me assure you, our minds were unspeakably overwhelmed with his brilliance, ability to carry on a lecture without the aid of a powerpoint, childishly curious nature, and dry sense of humor. We were informed about the actually very religious nature of secular humanism, a worldview that clams to carry no religious connotations and is freely prevalent through our educational and political systems.
After lunch, John Stonestreet spoke about entertainment and culture. The profound influence that celebrities and the "art" (sometimes questionable term) they produce astounded us. John challenged the students who were considering a career in the arts to examine the huge responsibility they were about to undertake, to create something beautiful, and cause their audience to better understand reality, even if not formally claiming the descriptor "Christian."
This afternoon, an epic game of Bombardment (different name for dodgeball. Why? I don't know.) took place in Bryan's gym. I was hit with the first ball thrown from either side and, subsequently, quit for good. I am assured by other participants, the games following were AMAZING. But I wouldn't know.
Our final session of the day, consisted John Stonestreet's final lecture for our session, POSTMODERNISM. Scary I know. Let me assure you, it was. Even so, the lecture opened my eyes ('bout time) to the truths about this "truthless" worldview. Postmodernism dominates much of modern art (no rules, anything can be beautiful, etc. etc. etc.) and its key founders (Foucault, Nietzsche) are the most quoted thinkers in academia.
All in all, two excellent speakers, one painful ball, and LOTS OF AMAZING FRIENDS made this day an amazing day. In a way that only a Summit day can be. -Sam