Janae Janik

Janae Janik Summit California 2014I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. But heading off to college there is a difference in calling yourself a Christian and really taking your faith as your own. My generation is known for a life of irresponsibility, extended adolescence, and compromising morality.

In a world full of peer pressure, it is important to know not just what you believe, but why you believe it. That is why I came to Summit. I wanted to learn about tactical evidence in support of my faith and ways to defend the Christian worldview in a world consumed by relativism and subjective truth.

We’re constantly told through our culture to follow our hearts, being told that it doesn’t matter what we believe as long as it makes us happy. The problem is, our hearts constantly mislead us.

It’s encouraging to see young people gather together with the desire to learn how to make a difference in our generation; how to be counter culture and reach beyond the stereotypes that the world has set for teenagers. Meal times often turn into intellectual discussions about morality, the existence of God, the evidence for intelligent design, the institution of traditional marriage, bioethics, neuroscience, and much more. These conversations fuel my hunger for truth as I am furthered in my understanding by expressing my thoughts and ideas and having them challenged or validated by those around me.

By far my favorite part about Summit is the faculty. Intellectuals who specialize in everything from cosmology, to philosophy, to business are all here at Summit for the sole purpose of teaching us more about the world in which we live. I was fascinated by their stories of traveling, scientific discoveries, and redemption. I had the opportunity to eat lunch with a few of the speakers, and it was amazing to listen to their thoughts and ideas and converse with them about some of the fundamental issues of our day. I can’t express how fully amazed and blessed I feel to have had this opportunity to sit among some of the nation’s best thinkers, philosophers, and theologians and have my mind stretched in thinking of things I had never though of before in the context of a Christian worldview.

Summit is a rigorous program and is not for the faint of heart, but I heartily recommend that every Christian take this course.

If we apply what have learned here, maybe our generation can begin to break the stereotype of what teenagers are supposed to do and show the world what we’re capable of accomplishing for the glory of God (Matt 28:19-20).