Greg Koukl, in his latest Solid Ground newsletter, has written a masterful piece about the "Third Column." If you are an apologist, you need to read it--it's about you. Wrting about the re-emergence of apologetics over the last fifty years, he notes the pioneering First Column--those that "established a beachhead" after years of intellectual neglect in Christianity. Koukl then talks about the Second Column, the leaders taking up the charge of the First Column, and how many individuals and organizations have been making a steady impact for the last twenty years. Then Koukl says,
Bad Religion (a band), a Flying Spaghetti Monster (a student church), and the Reason Rally (a meeting). Their intersection? Their rejection of and scorn for theism. Being billed as "The Largest Gathering of the Secular Movemement in World History" with speakers such as Richard Dawkins, PZ Meyers, The Amazing Randi, Lawrence Krauss, David Silverman, and many more well known secularists, this event on the National Mall on March 24th is sure to draw a crowd. Dr. Mike Keas, fellow at the Discovery Institute, writer for TrueU, and board member with Ratio Christi, recently published a series of articles on the rally and says,
Pedagogy, the art, science, and theory of teaching, has something important to teach both the church and the scientific community. Casey Luskin, writer for Evolution News and Views quotes education theorist Jonathan Osborne regarding
the importance of using debate, argument, and critique when teaching science. According to Osborne, there are " a number of classroom-based studies, all of which show improvements in conceptual learning when students engage in argumentation."
New partnership with network of scientists engaged in apologetics
Ratio Christi has entered into a new partnership with Logos Research Associates (Logos), a network of scientists that are challenging the naturalist view of origins in many different areas of science (including the views held sacred in most university biology departments).
The Ohio University chapter of Ratio Christi located in Athens, Ohio is looking for someone who has or is working on a master's degree in apologetics, or has other significant apologetics training, who is interested in becoming a full-time apologist at the university and in the local community. The position at OU is a Ratio Christi-supported missionary position and Leaders at RC OU are eager to help the right person raise his or her support in the local area. The position could start as early as January 2012, so please apply immediately.
Please forward a letter of inquiry and resume outlining your background and why you are interested in this position to email@example.com or contact us here.
Ratio Christi is also seeking full time trained apologists to take on the paid role of Campus Director at the following universities where there is already interest or a group started.
The Apologetics ministry of Confident Christianity, Biola University, and FBC Euless to brings you the Confident Christianity Conference: Proclaiming the Certainty of Christ in an Age of Unbelief. The goal of the conference is to strengthen and equip Christians so that they will be better able to evangelize those who have no faith or are of another faith. In order to accomplish this, they have brought together an impressive team of expert speakers and workshop leaders who will present compelling evidence for the truths of Christianity in a way that is Biblically grounded and culturally relevant.
Today World on Campuspublished a story about how University of Georgia psychology professor Rich Suplita experienced a dramatic conversion to Christ after years of being one of the most high profile spokespersons for atheism on campus. By 10pm CST over 30 comments had appeared below his story, including many words of affirmation, and several comments by Rich Suplita himself. Rich’s last comment today explained how the story that World on Campus author Kelsey Deans wanted to capture was “my testimony/story and not my best Christian apologetic. Those were some of the factors that were most salient to me, personally, in coming back to Christ. I do not pretend that they are the most compelling rational case to be made for the faith.” Well said, Rich, and indeed it is a compelling story. Thanks for sharing it with us all. I am sure Rich could have said much about the reasons for Christian faith.