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"Equipping Cultural Influencers with a Christian Worldview"

Taking Secularism Seriously: Challenging Its Sense of Entitlement

Dr. Brian G. Mattson - Senior Scholar for Public Theology; Center for Cultural Leadership

Secularisms Creep- it's deeper than you think!
  • Over the last decade in particular, the evangelical church and our culture have experienced secularization at warp speed.
  • Many younger adults, especially the Millennials, only know a church whose music, art, communication style and - more important - theology have borrowed heavily from secular society.
  • The advent of The Church Growth Movement and its step-child the Emerging Church and their emphases on being seeker friendly have accommodated secularism in ways most believers do not even recognize.
  • From government and education to entertainment and lifestyle the secularization of America is ..."deeper than you think."
  • Can these bones live again? We face a challenge to a personal lifestyle and influence on culture that confronts this tide flow.
Christian Foundation and Worldview Lecture Series"
Friday night at 7:00pm and Saturday morning at 9:00am - Nov 14-15th, 2014.
Holiday Inn Grand: 5500 Midland Road, Billings, MT - Room TBA

Secularism... If we are to influence our time and place for Christ and the gospel, we need a much better idea of what we're up against.
  • Webster defines secularize as "transformation from the control of the church to the state...the belief that religious influence should be restricted... education, morality, the state etc. should be independent of religion." Are we there yet?
  • Dr. Mattson will help us see the pathologies in our culture (and the church) that have subtly but deeply invaded our thinking.
  • A principal adversary to Christian Faith in the West is Secularism - a culture of seeing human betterment and all institutions as free from the influence of religion.
  • But Christians often think of secularism or a "secular" mindset in ways that don't take it very seriously.
  • As philosopher Jamie Smith puts it, our secular age is not actually full of people-as we've sometimes pretended-who have a sense of a "God-shaped" hole just waiting for Jesus to fill or who need just a bit more information to add to their mental maps.
  • On the contrary, vast numbers of people have constructed entirely different mental maps; lives in which thoughts of God, immortality, and the afterlife are all but insignificant, if they have any such thoughts at all.
  • They feel like their lives have all the meaning and significance they need.
Does the Loss of Consensus on Worldview & Secularization Matter?
Dr. Glenn Sunshine suggests it does... "Most people who grow up in a society tend to share a common worldview. In fact, for a society to function effectively or have a semblance of stability there must be a common conception of what it means to be human and how we are to relate to each other, which in turn presupposes a set of beliefs about the world, truth, and morality." (Why You Think The Way You Do)

  • If you want to understand why and how civilizations change over time, you need to track the evolution of its dominant worldview.
  • Was Multiculturalism and accident or a plan?
  • Was the state takeover of public education an accident or a plan?
  • Is this war of world views then any surprise?
Program - Friday Evening Agenda:
6:30 pm - Registration: Meet and greet, and book opportunity
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Secularism: It's Far Deeper Than You Think
8:10 - 9:10 pm - Secularism: How Did We Get Here?
Saturday Morning Agenda:
7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast with the speaker, informal - time for your questions
8:30 am - Registration: Meet and greet, and book opportunity
9:00 - 10:00 am - "Worldview" Is Not Enough".
10:15 - 11:30 am -) "Newness of Life" in a Valley of Dry Bones.

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