Trinity Academy in Raleigh, N.C. invited our president, Rick Schenker, to talk about what he believes could be "The Next Great Awakening" and why today's Christian youth should learn how to express, defend and strengthen their faith through Christian apologetics. We've just received the video of this September 2014 presentation.
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The Ratio Christi 2014 Symposium and Student Retreat was both great fun and three days of serious learning. We started out at the annual Southern Evangelical Seminary Conference, with our staff, leadership and over 80 Ratio Christi students from various colleges attending breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics.
“Belief in miracles lies at the heart of authentic Christian faith. Without the miracle of the first Easter, Christianity would no doubt long since have passed from the scene, and would certainly not be around to offend the “modern” man. (Elwell 778). It is obvious throughout history miracles have not been accepted by many, regardless of their beliefs. Jesus spent the last three years of His life performing miracles and signs, to only be asked for more, and ultimately killed. The fact of His death is the basis for one of, if not the, greatest miracles of all time. It is for this reason facts will be presented as evidence miracles do exist, whether understood or not, and arguments that the resurrection did in fact take place, providing the only conclusion that miracles do happen, and are not impossible.
There are many theories concerning the resurrection of Jesus. Many, of which will be discussed briefly, deny the resurrection. However, there is more compelling evidence that He did actually rise from the grave and this will be the main focus here.
Some of the claims denying the resurrection include Joseph of Arimathea taking the body, Roman or Jewish authorities taking the body, the disciples stealing the body, and the women going to the wrong tomb. We will touch on each of these beginning with Joseph of Arimathea, and proceeding in order of their listing above.
The main problem with Joseph of Arimathea theory would be why? Why would he take, when would he have had the opportunity and where would he have put it. Joseph was a follower of Christ and in fact, offered his tomb for the burial of Jesus. Besides, he was a devout Jew and would not have broken the Sabbath. As for the Roman or Jewish authorities taking the body, this theory in reality doesn't’t even make sense. Typically, common sense would provide the evidence of why this particular theory doers’t make sense. That being, the only thing required of them to stop Christianity before it really got started would to have been to produce a body, they possibly could have gotten away with any body, but yet, they did not, or could not. The disciples stealing the body would appear almost as easily thought of simplistic as the Romans or Jewish authorities taking the body. The main reason for this would be they were all scared when Jesus was arrested, but yet according to this theory, they became brave, not just courageous, but to the point of death brave, when in fact, if they had taken the body any one of them could have, at any time, and to save their own life, admitted they had stolen it, thus providing solid evidence of something they would have known already to be false. Finally, some suggest the women went to the wrong tomb. This could possibly be the easiest of the theories presented to defend. All anyone would have had to do was go to the correct tomb. There are other facts, but it would seem that would be enough for the purpose of this particular discussion.
The best answer for miracles and the resurrection, the greatest miracle of all time, can be explained with almost non-refutable evidence, and the majority being accepted by both Christian and secular scholars alike.
“In recent New Testament research, few conclusions are more widely recognized by scholars than that the text in 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 significantly predates Paul.” (Habermas 135, Hindson and Caner Ed.) The strength of this particular scripture is the acceptance by most scholars, and that it predates Paul by almost three years. This is important because of the fact Paul would not have known about the resurrection, it was only three years after his own conversion, and many feel that these are not even Paul’s words, solidifying the significance of this passage. Secondly, concerning Paul, recent scholars agree that Paul s one of, if not the most reliable eyewitness of Jesus’ resurrection appearances. Paul, being raised a Jew and a scholar himself, was a killer of Christian’s, confirming that his eyewitness account is extremely compelling. To confirm the truth of his testimony Paul actually went to Jerusalem and met with Peter, James and John, yet again confirming the reality of the resurrection account. Four eyewitness accounts, and one being James, the brother of Jesus, being a unbeliever prior to his witnessing his brother risen from the grave give significantly more solid evidence of the miracle taking place than an of the other theories considered. However, there is still more! The disciples being afraid at the time of Jesus’ arrest and then becoming convinced to the point of death, the early dating n the Book of Acts, gives credit too, and possibly the most convincing would be that of the empty tomb.
There are other reasons to confirm this particular miracle, (the resurrection), such as the women’s testimony, but do not contend any would be needed based on the evidence and argument presented.
Miracles are not impossible, as it has been shown with overwhelming evidence the miracle of the resurrection is the most reasonable reason to believe, and if accepted, then, in fact, miracles are possible.
Grant Willey was the first student to help form the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2010, along with its first Chapter Director, Patrick Collins. Collins recently departed for seminary training, and student Willey will now be the co-director under Billie Goodson.
Before leaving, Collins praised this new leadership team in a “farewell interview," and presented Willey with a Legatus Christi certificate* as a student demonstrating outstanding application of our apologetics training.
NEWS UPDATE! Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College just received her room to meet on campus. We are just standing in awe and watching the LORD's provision over the last couple of weeks.
We are seeing an increased amount of interest from students signing up for our chapter meetings. God is good.
Typically one would, or should, begin a conversation with someone by asking questions to clarify their position such as “what do you mean by that” or something similar to establish each of the participants understanding of exactly what is meant by such statements. Though this particular question would appear straight forward, the meanings and circumstances in which the conversation is taking place many times lead to confusion, or the answering of a question that was not actually being asked. However, for the purpose of this summary, it will be assumed the question is exactly as it appears. Therefore, the purpose of this paper will be to present a response, using the approach of Dr. Gary Habermas, and presenting the “minimal facts” argument.
Speaker and best-selling author David Limbaugh has endorsed Ratio Christi on YouTube. He spoke at our Annual Symposium Dinner on October 11, 2014 and spent time with our attending members and other presenters in the field of Christian apologetics. This fed his desire to tell more people how important and impactful our training can be in today's culture.
There have been many discoveries throughout history both archaeological and otherwise. “Among the most important apologetic witnesses to the textual transmission of the Old Testament and the integrity of the Gospels are the Dead Sea Scrolls.”1 This designation, Dead Sea Scrolls, has been given to manuscripts discovered in and around the area of the Dead Sea since 1947. The Scrolls were such an amazing discovery, in that they were in excellent condition, and had remained hidden for so long (over 2000 years). The purpose of this paper is to present the facts, history and apologetical uses of such an important artifact as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College is happy to announce our that we have a new faculty advisor. Professor Antwan Perry is a Professor and Student Success Coach, working with students giving them the help they need to succeed in college and in life. Antwan serves at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania. He is a graduate of Regent University and was found by our Student Chapter President, Andy Sulser.
Andy shared with us that Antwan is 100% on board with Ratio Christi and has a great interest in Christian apologetics. We look forward to serving the students alongside Antwan, and pray that the Lord will continue to bless his work with the students at Germanna Community College.