Research Term: Culture (General)
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In this month’s Journal, we feature a lecture by Dr. Glenn Sunshine entitled "6 Christians Who Changed the World."
Also in this issue, Glenn Stanton shares how Christians can better love our LGBT neighbors, and Shane Morris responds to the undercover Planned Parenthood videos.
In this issue of the Journal, Summit's founder and President Emeritus Dr. David Noebel gives an argument for hope in the face of growing darkness as he unpacks what's right with America.
June 2015 Journal
This month, the Journal features a talk by Breakpoint co-host and Summit speaker John Stonestreet. He discusses why our culture so desperately needs people of virtue and how we can make a difference. Also in this month's edition, President Jeff Myers unpacks the latest Pew Survey that some have claimed means America is getting "less and less Christian."
The March Journal features an excerpt from Dr. Barry Asmus' lecture at the 2014 Summit Adult Conference discussing the essence of economic freedom. President Dr. Jeff Myers unpacks the four glimmers of hope that make America great, and Alum Greg Bledsoe, Surgeon General of Arkansas, shares how Summit influenced his life.
With riots in Ferguson, MO and growing anger around race relations in the U.S. the Jan./Feb. Journal addresses urban apologetics: Read an excerpt from Chris Brooks' book on why the socialist option for urban problems will never work, learn from President Myers' insights on Ferguson, Detroit, and America, and browse Doc's clippings on higher education.
In December 2014, let us reflect deeply on the impact the birth of our Savior makes in each of us individually, and in this world in which we live. Explore how Christmas transforms culture and why Christianity matters. Take a look at Summit's upcoming event ARISE and Adult Conference. Read Doc's clippings on same-sex marriage, physician assisted suicide, and more.
The November Journal includes an excerpt from Dr. Jeff Myers’ latest book, Grow Together, about equipping mentors to help others find meaning. Dr. Myers discusses in his Letter from the President how coaching is one of those life-giving practices that sets Christians apart in our culture. Read about four world-changing takeaways from Thanksgiving.
The Journal | August 2014
This month's Journal addresses Part 2 of "How Can the Church Express the Truth About Sexuality in a Loving Way?" and how to answer some of the tough questions that come up about same-sex marriage. An alumni spotlight features Tim Khan, a former soldier now entering the battlefield of the mind, and Doc's readings on academic freedom and gay marriage.
The Journal | June 2014
In the June 2014 Journal, Dr. Jeff Myers outlines several significant initiatives Summit is undertaking this season to continue preparing Godly, courageous leaders in our nation.This month's edition invites you to dive into the Common Core debate by asking, "If Common Core can't improve education, what can?" and to get a fresh look at Summit's Understanding the Times curriculum.
The Journal | May 2014
In the May 2014 Journal read four things that work to fight poverty, Dr. Jeff Myer's article discussing that the love of money — not money itself — is the root of evil, and how a Summit Alumna is working to empower and inspire culture-shapers.
IN THIS ISSUE: Religious Liberty, Atheism, Abortion, and more.
» Cover Story | Marijuana Legalization: Panacea or Pandemic?
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Aaron Lumpkin
IN THIS ISSUE: Human Flourishing
» Cover Story | Want to Win the Culture? Focus on Human Flourishing
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: What Are Key Questions To Ask of Culture?
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Chelsea Hochstetler Goes to Hostile Territory
IN THIS ISSUE: Marriage
» Cover Story | Rebuilding Marriage: Where is the Hope?
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: Is There Any Hope for Marriage?
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Alum Trevin Wax Steps to the Front of Cultural Conversations
IN THIS ISSUE: Economics
» Cover Story | Do You Know Why Economics is a Moral Issue?
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: How Can We Truly Help the Poor?
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Announcing a New Service for Summit Alumni
IN THIS ISSUE: Religious Freedom
» Cover Story | Why Fights Over Religious Liberty Matter Today
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: Why Is Religious Liberty Important?
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Summit Alum Isn't Afraid To Be Different in D.C.
IN THIS ISSUE: Persistence
» Cover Story | Changing Culture Requires Persistence
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: Anti-Christian Forces Are Winning — Don't Believe It
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Summit Alum's Example of Persistence Is An Example To Us All
IN THIS ISSUE: The Bible Through History
» Cover Story | What Difference Has the Bible Made?
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: We All Must Know Scripture
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Nick Hall Uses Evangelism To Change Culture
IN THIS ISSUE: Cultural Assessment
» Cover Story | How Do We Know What's Really Going On?
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President: Reading Between the Lines
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: The Guths' Unlikely Path to Politics
* Economics, Islam, Marriage, Marxism, and More
IN THIS ISSUE: The Worldview of the Incarnation
» Cover Story | Merry Christmas: The Worldview of the Incarnation
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Baker Combines Pro-Life Zeal with Entrepreneurial Spirit
* Media, Religious Liberty, and More
2012-07 Summit Journal
IN THIS ISSUE: The Aesthetic
» Cover Story | The Aesthetic: Clues to God's Design for Beauty
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Summit grad works behind the camera
* Origins, Politics, Art, Secularism
2012-05 Summit Journal
IN THIS ISSUE: Zombie Communism
» Cover Story | Zombie Communism: Bad Ideas Back from the Dead
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President
» pg. 7 | Summit Spotlight: Curtis Bowers Produces Award-Winning Documentary
* Economics, Politics, Sociology, Bio-Ethics
2012-02 Summit Journal
IN THIS ISSUE: The Good of Marriage
» Cover Story | Marriage Benefits All of Society
» pg. 2 | Letter from the President
» pg. 7 | Special Report on Same-Sex Marriage
* Economics, Politics, Christopher Hitchens
2009-11 Summit Journal
» Summit Alumni Spotlight | pg. 2 » Highlights from around the Globe | pgs. 4–7 Christianity, Culture, and Politics
Fighting Poverty: Why Redistributing Wealth Doesn’t Work … and Four Things That Do
The rich are getting richer. The Economist reports that the share of the national income going to the top 1 percent of Americans has doubled since 1980 (from 10 percent to 20 percent). The top 1 percent own around 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. To many, this growing gap is a threat to our nation’s well-being. In December 2013, for example, President Obama called rising income inequality “the defining challenge of our time" and suggested that the growing wealth of those at the top is what is preventing those at the bottom from improving their standard of living: “Greater inequality is associated with less mobility between generations," he said. As a result, the president continued, “[a] dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility … has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead."
Is Popular Culture Either? (via Modern Reformation)
"Popular culture" is a slippery and deceptive term for a massive and unwieldy reality. As in other controversies, many arguments about popular culture are frustrating because there is no prior agreement on exactly what is being talked about. Sometimes "popular culture" is used to denote any cultural activity not produced and sanctioned by "elite" cultural institutions. But that really doesn't clarify things, since the term "elite" has a number of meanings. In referring to "elite" cultural institutions, do we mean...
Why Students Don’t ‘Get It’
If Christian Smith and Melinda Denton are correct, our key concern in regards to the next generation is that they "get" Christianity. Our primary focus should turn from whether Christian students like church, or whether they think of Jesus as their best friend, or even whether they know why they believe what they believe (though that has been a useful tag line for Summit Ministries for years). Primarily, if Smith and Denton are correct, our focus should be teaching them what Christianity is because, simply put, they don't get it. My experience working with students, most having strong histories in conservative evangelicalism (and representing almost evenly home, private Christian, and public schooling), suggests Smith and Denton are right. I often hear students describe their experience of Christianity in these terms: "I've been a Christian my whole life, but I don't really get it." Or, "I prayed the prayer when I was four, but I don't think it stuck." Or, "I committed my life to Christ when I was fifteen, but I am not sure it stuck." How is it that students who are so deeply engrossed in church culture and who have more access to the Bible, Christian literature, youth programs, and other resources than any generation that has lived since the founding of the church, can be so confused about what Christianity actually is and why it matters? How is it that they possess such a truncated, neutered view of the Kingdom? How is it that these students just don't "get it?"
Helping Students ‘Get It’
In last month's article, I argued that a major project for those of us who work with students is to help them "get" Christianity. While a significant number of Christian students reject Christianity during their university years, far more struggle to embrace a faith that is not really authentic or orthodox. Theirs is a "moralistic therapeutic Deism" as Christian Smith put it; a tame faith that is privatized and perhaps personally meaningful but which is not publically true, culturally significant, or fundamentally informative to the rest of their lives. Rather than trying to make Christianity as attractive and entertaining as possible, we ought instead to be sure that what we are communicating to them is actually Christianity. As I noted, this is very challenging in a culture of information overload, where students are bombarded daily with a multitude of messages, most of which, encourage them toward a mentality of adolescence. Still, there is good news. Adolescently minded cultures like ours inevitably have a leadership vacuum. So, there remains a terrific opportunity for influence for those who produce the leaders, especially if they produce networks of leaders who can think deeply and contribute broadly to a wide variety of cultural institutions. How can we do this?
Why Christians Should Avoid Great Books Like the Plague
An interesting article was penned this fall titled "People of the Screen." The author, Christine Rosen, editor of The New Atlantis, opines on the diminished role of reading books for pleasure. The advent of computers and the internet has taught a generation of children to seek information online instead of on the page and several studies indicate the result is a lack of concentration and interaction with the values and worldview of the author. One national study found that nearly half of Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books for pleasure. Rosen suggests this is to our individual and collective detriment. You're invited to read the entire article here. This month's article tackles the same issue but from a tongue-in-cheek perspective. Enjoy!...
Francis Schaeffer once wrote that the secular philosophies of intellectuals filter down to the general population through the arts, becoming what we call "popular culture." Thus, pop culture is the prevailing worldview expressed primarily through blockbuster movies, best-selling novels, "top-forty" music, highly rated television shows, the visual arts, and advertising.
Becoming a World-changer
Are you looking for a great Christmas gift that every member of your family will appreciate? How about a gift that will change the world for the better! You may be thinking, what kind of gift would do that? Let me explain. What's the greatest gift you can give someone? As Christians, our immediate answer to that question is "Salvation, God's free gift!" That's true. In fact, Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28:19–20 has been the marching orders for the church throughout the past 2,000 years. And usually we think of presenting the Gospel as the primary means of fulfilling the command to "make disciples of all nations." However...
Christianity and Slavery
In the United States, February is designated as "Black History Month." The history of the black race is steeped in the matter of slavery and this raises the issue of the role Christianity played in the practice of selling and owning other people. It's been popular in recent years to accuse Christianity of being a primary promoter of slavery. For example, William McDonald of the New York Times wonders...
The Influence of the Secular Humanist Worldview
Secular Humanism (SH) is a well-defined worldview. The Humanist Manifestos of 1933, 1973, and 2000 explain the details of their beliefs. Topping the list is their belief that God does not exist, or at least there is insufficient evidence for the existence of God. From that theological foundation, Secular Humanists have developed a comprehensive view on various issues, including the nature of man, moral values, the role of the state, plus other areas. Over the past 75 years, Secular Humanists have exerted significance influence over a wide range of culture shaping arenas, including...
Being a Christian in the World
Dear Mr. Edwards, I was a student at Summit this summer. I'm a senior at a public high school. I'm writing for some advice in the situation I'm in. I've been a competing cheerleader for about 15 years, and am now on the school varsity cheerleading squad. We do our pep rally routines to different cuts of songs. Last week was our first pep rally. When I heard the music to our routine I was appalled. I asked who the artist was, and at once knew it was a provocative artist. That night I went home and printed off the lyrics. There were numerous cursing and sexual suggestions to say the least. I asked if I could sit out and not participate, because I didn't want to be involved with inappropriate music. I also asked this in a quiet, behind the scenes way. Basically my principal told me...
Why the Grinch is Stealing Christmas
Like the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame, there are those who are working hard to erase every public expression of Christmas in USA'ville. To list just a few examples, consider the following...
Living in the Real World
In the high-action, Kung fu fighting, futuristic science fiction film, "The Matrix," high-tech hacker Neo is rescued from a computer-generated world (the Matrix) through which "Machines" have suppressed reality and dominated mankind. Neo is brought into "the real world" by a leader named Morpheus. As part of Neo's training to save humanity from its slavery to the machines, he is introduced to the virtual reality of the "loading program." Upon entering this virtual reality, Neo begins to come to grips with this new understanding when...
Discerning Worldviews in Movies
There are various ways to evaluate movies, such as tracing the growth of the main character, evaluating the theme(s), critiquing the cinematography, or judging the quality of the acting. However, when it comes to understanding and engaging the culture, the best approach is to discern the key worldview issue being addressed. In other words, we attempt to uncover the worldview message of the movie. This is done by asking...
Francis Schaeffer once wrote that the secular philosophies of intellectuals filter down to the general population through the arts, becoming what we call "popular culture. Thus, "popular culture" is the prevailing worldview expressed primarily through blockbuster movies, best-selling novels, "top-forty" music, highly rated television shows, the visual arts, and advertising. George Lucas clearly understands his role as a film writer and director when he said that...