Summit Lecture Series

The Meaning of Meaning
What is the meaning of meaning? Michael Bauman discusses two main concepts: ideas have consequences; bad ideas have bad consequences, and sloppy language makes sloppy thought possible. Bauman teaches students to think critically about beliefs that meaning is either author intent or reader interpretation.

The Existence and Nature of God
As belief in the existence of God is consistently challenged by professors, classmates and others, Francis Beckwith offers a discourse on the self-existence of God. He discusses God's nature as all-powerful and all-knowing and the fact that He is a rational agent.

Relativism
Have you ever been asked, who are you to judge? Responding to arguments of moral relativism, Francis Beckwith discusses the difference between moral claims and preference claims, how relativists defend their position using the two main arguments, disagreement and tolerance, and offers suggestions on how to respond to these claims.

Postmodernism 1
Everyone has heard that we live in a postmodern culture, but what does that even mean? This is a clear concise session on the basics of the postmodern worldview from both a historical and ideological perspective. Includes teaching on the key figures of postmodernism.

Postmodernism 2
Everyone has heard that we live in a postmodern culture, but what does that even mean? This is a clear concise session on the basics of the postmodern worldview from both a historical and ideological perspective. Includes teaching on the key figures of postmodernism.

Leadership 1
Speaker Jeff Myers begins this series by sharing his own process of becoming a leader. He challenges students to stop viewing themselves from a humanistic viewpoint and rather view themselves as Christ sees them. Myers describes the meaning of a strategic mission. He continues by sharing examples of leaders in history and how each precipitated change in his generation.

Leadership 2
In Part 2, Myers moves into a discussion of goal setting, servant leadership and what it means to be used by God to influence the world.

Leadership 3
Part 3 concludes this series with a discussion of rationality, faith and the weakness of arguments that are based on assumptions.

Confronting the New Age: Why Oprah is Wrong
Dr. Douglas Groothuis of Denver Seminary attempts to convey the urgency and importance with which Christians should treat the growing trend of New Age spirituality. Giving his lecture the subtitle “Why Oprah Is Wrong,? Dr. Groothuis first points out the Biblical support for why defending the truth is imperative for Christians and then proceeds to outline the main tenets of the New Age faith, including those delineated by Eckhart Tolle. Next, he emphasizes the worldview behind the faith and juxtaposes it with Biblical Christianity in order to show their conflicting natures. Last, he urges Christians not only to be aware of imitation faiths, but also to be ready to wage war against counterfeit spirituality.