The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 18

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org “As humanists we urge today, as in the past, that humans not look beyond themselves for salvation. We alone are responsible for our own destiny, and the best we can do is muster our intelligence, courage, and compassion to realize our highest aspirations.” - Paul Kurtz, “The Humanist Manifesto, 2000” The problem at the core of this statement is the matter of whose aspiration we ought to aim for. Throughout the past … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 17

So, over the past few weeks, we have examined Nihilism, Existentialism, Atheism, Scientism, Hedonism, Neo-Darwinism, Naturalism, Socialism, among other ideas that are competing for our attention each and every day. And, when we put together these various ideas, we derive (whether we mean to or not) certain worldviews.One such worldview is Secular Humanism.The publications that basically frame out Secular Humanism are known as the Humanist Manifesto (I, II, and III), the first of which … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 16

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org. Nihilism comes from the Greek word nihilo, which means “nothing”.  Therefore it can be defined as a philosophy of “nothingism”.  Some of its most popular proponents are Albert Camu, Samuel Beckett, and in a lot of ways Friedrich Nietzsche – particularly when he said:“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”So, where Existentialists would … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 15

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org.Previously, we discussed Scientism, Neo-Darwinism, Naturalism, Atheism, and Agnosticism.Secularism is the idea that God does not belong in the public square. He must be kept separate from all public life. He is okay, as long as He remains a private, personal belief system.An example of this is the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who fights for a strict separation of church and state among other things. I … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 14

Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species in 1857. By 1870, it was the dominant understanding of how biological life came to be. I find this interesting, partly because Darwin wasn’t the first to propose this idea that all living things came from a common ancestor. However, Darwin was writing at a particular point in our world’s cultural history when ideological doors were more open than ever and it really caught on.This is partially why Darwinism is known as the “last nail in the coffin … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 13

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org. “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary. The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator.” - Stephen HawkingThis is a quote from a guy who is considered one of the smartest, if not THE smartest man on the planet. Yet, you can see his Naturalistic predisposition embedded within his quote.You see, as the idiom goes, to a hammer, everything looks li … [Read more...]