Over the years, I have had my share of discussions about the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). There is still an overall skepticism towards them that permeates the culture and college campuses. I have found that many skeptics have never stopped and asked the question, “What Are The Gospels?”
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This is a continuation of our interviews with two Christian professors who have faced discrimination on campus because of their biblical worldviews. Please read Part I first.
Jim’s situation is similar to Mike’s in Part I. But Jim was actually let go from a public college. He has two masters degrees and has taught in public and private schools for more than thirty years, including U.S. history and humanities at the college level.
Part II: "Downtown" Is No Place to Seek Approval
Since the movie God's Not Dead2 was released in April 2016, its critics have claimed that fictional court cases like the one against the make-believe teacher in the film just “blow campus discrimination against Christians out of proportion.”
Through this two-part offering of interviews with real-life professors about their campus experiences, Ratio Christi adds to the existing evidence that this new intolerance exists in radical proportions today. This is part of the reason we have started our “RC Prof” movement.
Part I: The Times They Are a-Changing on Campus – Mike’s Story
This past February, Veritas Forum hosted a debate called Is There Evidence for God? William Lane Craig and Kevin Scharp at The Ohio State University. Scharp is a philosophy professor at OSU. I was at the debate and have decided to provide a short review. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive review.
Hannah Rouley is a Ratio Christi chapter member at the University of California Berkeley campus, where she originally wrote this April 2016 article for the school's newspaper, The Tab. Reprinted with permission.
What it’s like to identify as conservative at UC Berkeley
by Hannah Rouley
There's a huge problem with tolerance that needs addressing.
At a liberal university, the need for a cuddly, cozy environment of warm feelings and sensitivity dismisses the greater, quieter need: students must learn to develop open minds and tolerances for opposing views without shaming, bashing or exiling those who they disagree with.
I’m lookin’ at you, liberals.
In this clip, I discuss the role of apologetics on a large college campus such as The Ohio State University. I also discuss the work we have done there and why an apologetics presence is needed on a campus. Make sure you watch the clip all the way to the end to see how you can help us.
This summary of the March, 2016 Philippines apologetics outreach trip - "The Momentum of Christian Thinking" - comes to us from travel team member Joe Whitchurch, RC's regional director in Indiana. See reports about our previous Philippine trips from various members of our International Team: Aslan is on the Move (2015), and our first international trip which took place there in 2014.
My wife Kim and I have been friends of many international students over the last thirty-eight years. We lived and ministered with university students in Zambia, Africa for three years. But I had never been to Asia. When team leader Ramon Margallo gave the invitation to Ratio Christi staff directors to prayerfully consider assisting with the March 2016 Apologetics Training and Conference in Manila, we prayed and God made a way for me to join the team (Kim did not go on this trip).
Lee Strobel is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books and serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. His best-known books are the “Case” series - The Case for Christ, The Case for the Resurrection, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries. He also holds a Master of Studies in Law degree. With this expertise, Strobel was asked to “testify” as himself in God’s Not Dead 2.
In the movie, a teacher is about to lose her job and is even on trial for mentioning Jesus in her classroom. We're grateful to our apologetics colleague for taking the time to answer our questions about his role, and why the fictional case is a cause for real-life concern.
Help Us Keep a Christian Voice on Campus
from Sheryl Young, Media Outreach Coordinator
(If you are not familiar with Ratio Christi, please see "About Us" first or watch the Introductory Video on our home page.)
What’s a Media Outreach Coordinator?
That’s the person who contacts journalists, reporters, and talk show hosts about our ministry so that our representatives can be interviewed and our events can get coverage.
We now do a Monthly Media Report, telling about the media coverage we've recently received -- or coverage we are seeking in the near future. Sign up for our Monthly Media Report! Scroll down to that title at this link and check the box. For now I’d like to catch you up on some great exposure we’ve received so far in 2016:
J. Warner Wallace was a Los Angeles homicide detective and expert on solving cold cases when he started using his detective skills to investigate the claims of the gospel. As an atheist, he considered four typical areas used by detectives to judge whether suspects and witnesses are telling the truth. He ended up accepting Jesus as the true Messiah and assembled his findings in the book Cold Case Christianity.
This started his journey toward being one of the most well-known Christian apologists today. His apologetics website and ministry, formerly known as PleaseConvinceMe.com, has now been brought under the name of his book.
Wallace had the opportunity to present his conclusions in a nutshell when he was “put on the witness stand” as himself in the movie God’s Not Dead 2. In its opening weekend of April 1, 2016, over eight million dollars’ worth of movie goers got the chance to hear him tell the truth.