Date(s) - July 7, 2014 - July 11, 2014
Trinity Western University
Categories No Categories
When Worldviews Clash: Christianity and its Cultural Critics
Whatever they believe (or don’t believe), everybody has a worldview—a set of beliefs, filters and presuppositions that they bring to the big questions of life. Questions like ‘Why am I here?’, ‘Is there a purpose to life?’, ‘What does it mean to be human?’, ‘What does the good life look like?’ and ‘What (if anything) happens when I die?’
Everyone who thinks deeply ponders on these questions at different seasons in their life. The Christian worldview offers incredibly compelling answers that connect right to the very heart of the gospel. But there are competitors to Christianity. From atheism to Buddhism, hedonism to Islam, there are hundreds of alternative worldviews quick to denounce what Christians believe as childish, out of date, bigoted, intolerant, irrelevant or untrue. Sometimes these worldviews roar fiercely from the media, the establishment, the academy and it can seem daunting to stand against them.
How do we engage our cultural critics? Sometimes we must boldly face our challengers head on. At other times it is helpful to consider C. S. Lewis’ remark, that perhaps if we look for the side door, we can tiptoe past the watchful, sleeping dragons who would leap upon and shut down talk of Christ before the conversation has begun. Be it through the imagination, through art and literature and film, or through a myriad other ways, how can we have conversations about the Christian worldview that don’t get shut down before they’ve even begun?
Our second RZIM Canada Summer School will explore all these issues and more, setting out not only how Christianity offers the deepest and most compelling answers to life’s hardest questions but how if it is true, it sheds light on everything. As Lewis said: “I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen. Not just because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.”
We invite you join us for a week of fabulous teaching, world class speakers and to get better equipped so you can engage our cultured critics and learn to share Christ with confidence.