Colson Center President and Summit faculty member John Stonestreet brings to our attention some interesting new research about the uniqueness of life here on earth. Stonestreet cites a recent paper by researchers at Oxford that highlights how life on other planets may not be nearly as likely as many people think. Why is there so much interest, especially in the scientific community, about whether or not there is intelligent life in other parts of the universe? Could it… Read More →Is Life on Earth Unique?
How can Christians speak into the identity conversation? “It’s from the idea of the image of God that we get concepts like human dignity and human value.” — John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview We have entered a cultural moment in which the consequences of the sexual revolution have fully inundated our thoughts, even to the point of changing the cultural perception of what it means to be human. John Stonestreet shares how… Read More →Video: Changing the Identity Conversation
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
54% of practicing Christians—those who attend church at least monthly and consider their faith very important in their life—have non-biblical perspectives that come from postmodernism, and 29% take some key beliefs from secularism, according to a new study by Barna Group and Summit Ministries. Summit Ministries recently partnered with Barna Group in research designed to gauge how ideas from other worldviews have infected Christians’ beliefs about God and the world around us. Barna has shown… Read More →Research by Barna and Summit: Postmodernism and Secularism Influence Today’s Christians
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
It is important to clarify something. Science does nothing. It is scientists who create breakthroughs using the disciplines of observing, repeating, and measuring to figure out more about the universe. Sometimes, though, they also use philosophy.
Last night I finished the chapter on the Secularist worldview for the new Understanding the Times course. Unsurprisingly, the research showed Secularism to be quite influential and growing. In fact, 12-18% of the American public now are comfortable thinking of themselves as “secular.”
Today I dig into revising the Secular Humanism section. All of the leading Secular Humanists have died but I have discovered that they reproduced. The new Secular Humanists call themselves Secularists, which is perfect for our purposes in this book. It was unlikely that Summit grads would have run into someone claiming to be a card-carrying Secular Humanist, but they’ll meet Secularists in practically every class they take.
The New York Times was quick to label Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik “a Christian extremist” (July 24, 2011). Other headlines called him “a rightwing fundamentalist Christian,” making it apparent that the leftwing press would use this recent horror to prove that Christians are just another brand of jihadist. Of course, true Christians knew immediately that Breivik could not be a Christian if he senselessly murdered scores of human beings.
“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.
Our 2008 Australian Summit was conducted in Melbourne at the Deakin University campus. The college bookstore was drenched in Richard Dawkins. His picture was everywhere, promoting his book The God Delusion. But nowhere to be found were any works challenging Dawkin’s atheism, evolution, humanism (but I repeat myself).