The End of Summit Oxford • Launching the Oxford Study Centre

The End of Summit Oxford

(Telos: end, purpose.)

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There are times when events present us with significant changes. As such, we have an important announcement to make – several, in fact – as well as much gratitude to express. But first things first.

As of 31 December 2016, Summit Oxford will come to an end. 

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Oxford Study Centre Reflections • Benjamin Bailey

Oxford Study Centre Reflections
Benjamin Bailey

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The year 2012 was a hallmark year for the United Kingdom. The Olympics in London, a royal wedding, and Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were all splendid celebrations of Britannia in her happiness and glory.

For me, that year was a celebration of a different British icon: Oxford University. Indeed, my best memories of 2012 will always be of long studies, grand adventures, and the towering significance that was my time as a student of the Oxford Study Centre.*

Why the Oxford Study Centre?

What makes the Oxford Study Centre special, unique, worth considering? Well, when asked so candidly, the website provides a sufficient answer, I think. (And do watch the invitational film just below in this post.) A better question to ask, or at least one I wish I had asked before going, is…

Why do you seek the gifts of Oxford and what will you do with them? The answer to this question helped me discover the value of the Oxford Study Centre, both in what it is and how it has so profoundly shaped me.

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Readings at Summit Oxford – Summer Term 2016

It undoubtedly is a truism that one can be wearied by the reading of many books. Perhaps even more so, the reading of many online articles, a bulk of blogs, a flurry of frenzied Facebook statuses, all of the horrible and hasty hashtags, and opium opinions. Even so, some publications actually can be enlightening, perhaps challenging, even motivating. Some most certainly are fuel for our conversations at Summit Oxford. And sometimes our conversation become a tad bit energetic. I call these CHAT times: Christians Happily Arguing Theology (hopefully with an emphasis upon happily).

Readings at Summit Oxford
Summer Term 2016

Our reading list changes a bit from term to term. New books are published, older ones seem less pressing or helpful, and there is ever a steady stream of articles and chapters on subjects that beg to be included. We do read a lot, mind you, approaching 2600 pages for the longer terms and 2100 pages for the Summer Term.

We still have 5 weeks before our term begins, if you’d like to visit summitoxford.org and apply yourself to study abroad with purpose this summer!
For the upcoming coming Summer Term (7 June–August 8), along with a selection of articles, essays, and other items, we are reading and discussing the volumes listed below. I have listed them roughly in the order we will read them. Often I have our students read the books in their entirety and prepare reports or summaries for select chapters or sections. I’ve provided Amazon links if you care to purchase any of them.

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Top Ten Posts for 2015

Top Ten Posts for 2015

Kevin James Bywater

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I can never anticipate what readers’ responses will be to any particular posts I publish here on this blog. Sometimes the responses are rather surprising. More often than not, it appears, the greatest responses arise in light of some controversial event: some political revelation, a tragedy, a social movement, some travesty. Regardless, here are the top ten posts for 2015.

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Readings at Summit Oxford • Spring Term 2016

It undoubtedly is a truism that one can be wearied by the reading of many books. Perhaps even more so, the reading of many online articles, a bulk of blogs, frenzied Facebook statuses, hasty hashtags, and awful opinions. Even so, some publications actually can be enlightening, perhaps challenging. Some most certainly are fuel for our conversations at Summit Oxford. And sometimes our conversation get to be a bit energetic. I call these CHAT times: Christians Happily Arguing Theology (hopefully with an emphasis upon happily).

Readings at Summit Oxford • Hilary Term 2016

Our reading list changes a bit from term to term. New books are published, older ones seem less pressing or helpful, and there is ever a steady stream of articles and chapters on subjects that beg to be included. We do read a lot, mind you, approaching 2500 pages.

For the upcoming coming Autumn Term (September – December), along with a selection of articles, essays, and other items, we are reading and discussing the ten volumes listed below. I have listed them roughly in the order we will read them. Well, actually, several of them will be divvied up over the course of several days, with a chapter or section each day. Often I have our students read the books in their entirety and prepare reports/summaries for select chapters or sections. I’ve provided links to Amazon, if you care to purchase any of them.

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Jeffrey Reid on a Term with the Oxford Study Centre

Reflections on My Term at the Oxford Study Centre*

Jeffrey Reid

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Oxford. Hopkins describes it as a…

Towery city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded . . .

That is a description I love. There isn’t any place I’ve visited quite like Oxford, where history seeps from the stones while beauty blossoms on the trees.

Then there are the lovely and mundane aspects of Oxford: people turning in and out of shops, musicians busking on Cornmarket Street, and the peace and quiet at entering one’s college walls. Reflecting on this list, I am struck by how expected and unexpected pleasures are mixed throughout it. We simply cannot grasp all an experience will be before we are reflecting upon it. Unanticipated treasures are often some of the richest with which we walk away.

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Imagine Living in Oxford…for 15 Weeks @ Summit Oxford

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Imagine living in England for fifteen weeks this coming spring! 

Now envision yourself strolling in the shadows of Oxford’s dreaming spires, walking the streets trodden by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers and John Wycliffe and John Donne. 

Combining a unique worldviews course with Oxford’s famed tutorials, the Summit Oxford Study Centre cultivates informed faithfulness and scholarly skills and virtues for the sake of the church and our culture.

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“The worldview sessions engaged, informed, and inspired me. I love Christ more because of Summit Oxford. —Nate Spanos, Florida 

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Celina Durgin on a Term with the Oxford Study Centre

 

Celina Durgin on a Term with
the Oxford Study Centre

Theimage Oxford Study Centre* does not simply fulfill items on the bucket list of your own small life. Everything about the experience—from the centuries-old cathedrals and cobblestone streets, to evensong after a hard day’s work, to long hours reading classic primary texts, to Kevin’s repeated reminder during discussions that God has always hated idolatry, immorality, and injustice—invites you out of your own little story and into the Great Conversation. Oxford is still dedicated to the best ideas that have been thought throughout all history, and the Oxford Study Centre‘s program is dedicated to these ideas’ context within God’s grand story, which is but history rightly conceived.

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C.S. Lewis on Christian Scholarship

C.S. Lewis on Christian Scholarship

Dr. Michael Ward 

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Dr. Michael Ward

As an Englishman living and working in Oxford, I meet a great number of Americans. Many are members of Oxford University; many are tourists. In the past two years I have greatly enjoyed getting to know a particularly fine example of the species: the Summit American. 

I now have lectured several times for the Summit Oxford Study Centre (see the invitational film) about my work on C.S. Lewis. I have even had the chance to visit the home of Summit Ministries in Colorado, where I discovered how appropriate the name ‘Summit’ really is. Altitude sickness was a new experience for me!

Summit Oxford students, like most students in Oxford, tend to be more than usually intelligent. But the typical Summit Oxford student, so I have noticed, has another dimension. He or she is not only smart, but also purposeful. Summit Oxford aims to promote ‘scholarship for the sake of the church and the culture’. The students I have met evidently keep at the forefront of their minds the transformative effect that they may have on the church and on the culture at large as highly educated members of God’s kingdom on earth.

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