Charlottesville. The events unfolded while I was tucked away in a completely silent room recording the audiobook for The Secret Battle of Ideas about God. During a break, the engineer checked his Twitter account and we soberly reviewed what was happening in Virginia. At first the pictures seemed to depict nothing more than a rowdy group of white twenty-something men, looking like spoiled fraternity boys carrying their Tiki torches to a beach party where they would… Read More →Charlottesville Changed Me
The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter 1 in Dr. Jeff Myers’ new book, The Secret Battle of Ideas about God. Get your copy in the Summit Bookstore! We’re in a Secret Battle We live in a time of war. There are no soldiers in this battle. There are no landing craft, no bombers flying in formation, no artillery emplacements. Yet attacks occur every minute of every day. The battle we’re in is a… Read More →Invisible Warfare: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Lives
Recently Dr. Jeff Myers wrote an article for ChurchLeaders.com, one of the world’s largest online resource libraries for church leaders, volunteers, and staff members. In the article, Dr. Myers outlines the recent Barna-Summit research project that identifies how five opposing worldviews are influencing the church. Every day Christians are engaging in a battle of ideas. These ideas attack us like viruses that can sicken our hearts and minds. Read the full article to see how… Read More →5 False Worldviews That Ensnare Your Church
Summit Ministries recently partnered with Barna Group in a study to gauge how ideas from other key worldviews have infected Christians’ beliefs about God and the world around us. For over 30 years, Barna has conducted research showing a gap between the beliefs of practicing Christians and the historical understanding of biblical Christianity. This new research sought to identify the source of many nonbiblical ideas infecting Christianity, and found strong agreement among practicing Christians with… Read More →Research by Barna and Summit: Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians
Dr. Jeff Myers and Aaron Atwood spend some time discussing the Marxist worldview, democratic socialism, and the difference between a Marxist and a Christian view of wealth.
In this lecture, Dr. Jeff Myers sketches the history and influence of Karl Marx, from The Communist Manifesto to Bernie Sanders, all the while contrasting Marx’s view with a Christian worldview.
The conversation with Virginia Prodan continues this week, as she and Aaron discuss life under communism, America, and understanding God’s plan.
Virginia Prodan was a Christian lawyer fighting for religious liberty in Communist Romania. Don’t miss her incredible story — including how she lead the man sent to kill her to Christ — in this week’s podcast.
One of the big issues I’ve wrestled with during the Understanding the Times revision is how relevant some of the worldviews we’ve looked at in the past actually are to our own time. Marxism, for example. When I tell people we need to take Marxism seriously as a worldview competitor to Christianity, I get a lot of eye-rolling. Here’s part of my introduction to the chapter, which I intend as a gentle but insistent response to this line of response.
For now, though, the OWS movement seems to be winding down. Maybe it’s just because it’s cold outside. But many commentators suspect that it is because the protestors don’t have enough horsepower to create a movement.
Dr. Fred Schwarz’s classic work on communism has recently been updated and revised by Summit’s own David Noebel. Endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Norm Geisler, and Tim LaHaye, this work couldn’t be more timely.
“Beware lest any man take you captive through vain and deceitful philosophy, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” — Colossians 2:8
The 20th century is the praxis of this verse. Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular have embarked on a hazardous journey of rejecting and replacing Christ with any number of mortal men and their ideas. Since ideas have consequences the 20th century has witnessed the consequences of these utopian schemes and ideas.