Is there a difference between persons and humans? “Intrinsic value, philosophically speaking, is the only grounding place for true human equality.” —Megan Almon, Speaker, Life Training Institute When discussing the issue of abortion, those in favor may attempt to make the case that unborn human beings are not yet persons. Megan Almon explains why the distinction between “humans” and “persons” is ill-advised in the abortion conversation. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to… Read More →Video: Is there a difference between persons and humans?
What must atheists steal from God to make their case? “Evil only exists if good exists, and good only exists if God exists, so if you’re an atheist and you’re going to say that evil disproves God, you actually have to steal from God in order to make that argument.” — Dr. Frank Turek, Founder and President, CrossExamined Dr. Frank Turek shows how one must steal a standard of morality from God to object to His existence… Read More →Video: What must atheists steal from God to make their case?
https://youtu.be/lTIpSmzlMwo On February 21, 2019, Dr. Mike Adams debated Dr. Willie Parker discussing “Is abortion a moral right or wrong?”. You can watch a recording of that debate above. What follows is from Summit faculty member and President of Life Training Institute, Scott Klusendorf, weighing in on some of the online discussion after the debate. Distinction Between Persons and Human Beings Many of you have written about abortionist Willie Parker’s distinction between “human beings” and… Read More →Persons and Human Beings
Does the reality of evil disprove the existence of God? “The fact that something truly evil did occur can really only be understood if first God exists and provides us with a standard of righteousness.” — J. Warner Wallace, Detective & Author, Cold Case Christianity and Forensic Faith In this video, Detective J. Warner Wallace explains how a transcendent standard of righteousness is required to judge between good and evil, thus supporting the existence of God.… Read More →Video: Does the reality of evil disprove the existence of God?
A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples. Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies
This recent post by blogger Natasha Crain highlights some crucial points about the role that objective evidence should play in our understanding of reality. Natasha walks us through the way she processed the terrifying idea that she might have cancer. Through this experience, she saw some of the limits of trying to look at reality objectively all the time. Many times, especially in moments of hardship, even the most intellectual people are not interested in… Read More →Evidence: Experience Over Facts?
Summit aims to train Christians to champion a biblical worldview. Obviously this means that “worldview” is an important part of what we do. Recently, worldview education has come under some criticism. In a recent article on The American Conservative website, senior editor Rod Dreher raised a question about “The Problem of Worldview Education” sparked by Dreher’s attendance of Society for Classical Learning conference. Read the article here to understand some of the points made by… Read More →Why Worldview? Responding to a Critique on Worldview by Columnist Rod Dreher
In this lecture from Summit’s archive, Dr. Frank Beckwith uses philosophy to unpack the nature and existence of God.
Dr. Frank Beckwith and Aaron Atwood sit down to talk about why morality and the natural law matter, as well as the freedom that results from morality and Dr. Beckwith’s new book, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith.
Where does morality come from? Can we explain morality apart from God? Those are two of the questions Dr. Frank Beckwith tackles in this lecture, as he explains the arguments for the moral law and responds to those who claim that morality could result from evolution or arbitrarily exist.
These days, questions like “What does it mean to know a particular thing?” have been supplanted by questions like “What is the practical benefit to knowing a particular thing?” Should practical benefit be the only focus of our thoughts, though? If all material problems were solved and if poverty and disease were well managed, would the pursuit of knowledge still be worthwhile?
What is the meaning of meaning? Dr. Michael Bauman discusses two main concepts: ideas have consequences and bad ideas have bad consequences, and sloppy language makes sloppy thought possible. Bauman teaches students to think critically about beliefs that meaning is either authorial intent or the reader’s interpretation.