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At least that's what one person noted online. I breathed a quick "pffffft," stirred by the unique ignorance of the historical significance of the day and moved on. However, in the days since, my mind has repeatedly returned to the statement and itched me in a way I have been trying to understand how to scratch.
Thanksgiving sans religion is a sentiment shared by many. The American Humanist Association weighs in, "There are so few secular holidays, let’s be thankful for this one."
Does this posture square with reality?
From the Prologue of Book Three (Providence) of Contra Gentiles by Thomas Aquinas, written some 700 years ago, comes a message telling us why every good thing is from above.
Guest blogger: George Yancey, PhD
At the Ratio Christi banquet last year, I talked about the need for Christians in a post-Christian world to create intentional communities to not only survive but thrive in this new reality. Time did not permit me to go into all of the characteristics these communities must possess. But one of those qualities is that they must be multiracial. We need a community where Christians of all different races work together to deal with Christianophobia and the other problems in our society. Such unity of purpose across the races will speak volumes in a racially divided society and go a long way to providing a vital witness even in a post-Christian society.
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Ratio Christi's VP of Operations Michael F Bossman, RC Chapter Director Conor Anderson from San Diego State University, and graduating student Evan Young from our North Carolina College Prep outreach were interviewed on Educate For Life's streaming internet program with EFL's host and creator Kevin Conover.
The lively video conversation encompassed RC's vision and purpose, discrimination of Christian students in academia, and how apologetics training can add strength to a student's perspective toward their own faith and how to witness to others.
Winding through a town north of north and mostly forgotten, I was reminded that New England is all that it's cracked up to be . . . including the roads: potholes and all. The scenic views, rustic streets, and refreshing chill in early May was a reboot of my youth and early married years in New England. But this wasn't just New England. I was in Bangor, Maine for the Why Jesus? 2016 Northern New England Conference on Evidence for Christian Faith.
The small town felt evaporated upon entering the convention center that quickly filled with about 6,300 people. That's not a typo. The proof is in the "pews."
Lee Strobel wrapped up the morning that had started at 8:30 a.m. making a case for the historical Jesus, and Ravi Zacharias brought it home about 9:00 p.m. presenting on "Why Should Anyone Follow a First Century Religious Figure?"
Now, THAT . . . is wicked cool!* And if you are from around here, you know I'm not talking about an evil winter.
Discovery Institute, Center for Science & Culture
The seminars run from July 8-16 and are offered in two concurrent tracks: The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences and The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society. The seminar expenses are covered for those accepted and travel scholarships are awarded based upon need after acceptance into the program. Applicants must be college juniors/seniors, or in graduate school (although we do also reserve a few spaces for a special cohort of professors, scientists, teachers, pastors, or other professionals). Students selected for these seminars will be provided with course materials, lodging, and most meals. Travel scholarships are available and will be awarded based upon need after acceptance into the program. Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2016.