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.
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Ratio Christi and Kregel Publications are pleased to announce that Ratio Christi will have an imprint partnership with Kregel for book publication.
The agreement came about when Tom Gilson, Ratio Christi’s National Field Director, was in the editing process with Kregel for his co-edited (with Carson Weitnauer) book, True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, a collaborative work of more than a dozen authors to show that Christianity, much more than atheism, can claim to be a reasonable worldview. Gilson’s chief contact at Kregel was Dennis Hillman, Kregel’s publisher, who in the course of their conversations proposed the idea of working even more closely with Ratio Christi.
FOR THE FOURTH YEAR, Ratio Christi is holding an exciting event for both students and adults – members and non-members. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-12, 2014, we’ll have a series of events to choose from. Join us at the Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center in Fort Mill, South Carolina (very close to Charlotte, North Carolina). There's still time to register, especially if you want to attend only the Saturday Night Banquet.
"For students, parents, teachers, campus ministries, concerned citizens, pastors, and church members – anyone interested in how they can implement apologetics in their community or how Ratio Christi can help you, now is the time to sign up and attend.”
– Blake Anderson, Ratio Christi COO
The Saturday night Benefit Banquet with keynote speaker Josh McDowell (pictured) is open to anyone and everyone! If you can’t attend the whole weekend Symposium or Student retreat please join us, get equipped, and learn how you can join the apologetics movement. McDowell is author of such best-sellers as the Evidence that Demands a Verdict series and More Than a Carpenter, the latter which has sold over 15 million copies. McDowell, a former agnostic, realized during his college years that he could no longer refute the overwhelming evidence for the truth of the Bible and Christ’s resurrection. He is considered a pioneer of the apologetics movement. We look forward to hearing his challenge: Keep bringing apologetics to college campuses!
**UPDATE: Also at the Saturday night Banquet, we've confirmed that speaker and author David Limbaugh will speak and sign copies of his latest bestseller, Jesus on Trial, and one of our own Legatus Christi certificate recipients (outstanding accomplishments in apologetics by an RC student), Isaac Woodward, will attest to his Ratio Christi experience.
During the Adult Symposium, there will be an interesting Panel Discussion and Q&A: "A Visit with Atheists": Three atheists will have a chance to share their thoughts about God, Christians & apologists. After a Q&A, the audience can ask questions. We'll listen to their concerns, react with love and respect and seek to further understand atheism.
In Conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics:
Everyone has the option of attending the highly recommended National Conference on Christian Apologetics hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) on October 10-11 (all day Friday and Saturday). SES is one of Ratio Christi’s partners and will host a star lineup of Christian thinkers in this year’s conference, Defending a Never Changing Faith in an Ever Changing World. The weekend of great apologetics training and fellowship will be extended by the Ratio Christi Symposium & Student Retreat. The SES conference and Ratio Christi events can be purchased in one package including accommodations and food.
For College-level Students and High School Juniors and Seniors:
The Ratio Christi Student Retreat begins at noon on Saturday through Sunday at 4pm and will be a weekend both serious and fun. Instead of having a potpourri of lectures, each student will pre-select an area of concentrated study to pursue throughout the weekend. Choose from Science (biology & genetics), Philosophy, New Testament, or General Apologetics. Each group will have expert faculty mentors who will remain with their specific student group throughout the weekend as teachers, trainers, and friends. This will be a special time of learning, fellowship, and one-on-one interaction with some of the top scholars in their respective fields. Learn to express, explain and defend Christianity in terms of history, science, and philosophy, in order to be able to tell friends who don’t believe in scripture that “Christianity IS Reasonable.”
The Student Retreat also includes an afternoon of heart-pounding white water rafting and other outdoor activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The retreat is not only for current Ratio Christi students, but any college-level students and high school juniors or seniors interested in learning more about defending and presenting their faith.
This is a package that includes all the meals, lodging, training, and activities for one price. See more information and register here.
Presenters and mentors for attending students will include:
- Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box
- J. Thomas Bridges, Ph.D., of Reason for Truth and Southern Evangelical Seminary, will speak on Faith and Reason
- John Sanford, PhD Cornell University geneticist will speak on a Supernatural Designer
Not only for Ratio Christi leadership! We invite other campus ministry staff and leaders, pastors, school faculty, clergy, and lay people wanting to learn how to get involved in the apologetics movement with us. You’ll also be inspired to learn how apologetics can help solidify your biblical beliefs and the individual faith of the young people you care about. The theme is Together, We Can Accomplish More for His Glory.
In addition to equipping for campus ministry leaders, there will be sessions focused specifically on implementation of apologetics into (a) churches, (b) youth groups, (c) families, (d) schools, and (e) other ministry settings. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from other national university ministries or attend workshops geared to your unique sphere of influence. Also listen, in person, to an atheist share with this gathering of apologists.
The Symposium package includes all the meals, lodging, and unique training for one price. We hope to see you there. See more information and register here.
Being prepared to provide a defense of the faith is something that the Bible commands us all to do and it’s something that the church is lacking. Christianity is commonly being thought of as superstitious and mere wishful thinking. Let us turn that thinking upside down, remembering that the God we serve is the living God and before the end of this world, the truth of Christianity will penetrate every tribe, tongue, and nation."
– Ryan Scarbel, Ratio Christi student who accepted Christ through apologetics.
Our latest Legatus Christi recipient comes to us from the Ratio Christi chapter at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Chris Korcsmaros has demonstrated a keen talent and appetite for Christian apologetics and has put them to work on the college campus and elsewhere. He served as his RC chapter’s founding president and later as treasurer.
Have you ever heard the statistics about how many teens fall away from church and their faith during or after high school or shortly after entering college? The statistics in various studies run anywhere from 39 to 80 percent for people between the ages of 15 and 21. For example, a 2011 Barna study shows that nearly three out of every five young Christians (59 percent) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15.*
Well, Ratio Christi has exciting news! We are in the initial stages of developing a program for high school students called “Ratio Christi College Prep.” This will be a local club format concentrating on mentoring youth to face the intellectual challenges to their Christian beliefs which they’ll experience at the college level. Michael Sherrard is the director of this College Prep division.
Here's a great MP3 of an interview with RC's President, Rick Schenker, which was broadcast across Bible Broadcasting Network's radio stations on 9/13/14. Thanks to host Hank Farrior of the "Weekend Connection" program and BBN Manager Jason Padgett for giving Rick a chance to explain what we do at Ratio Christi. Scroll down to listen.
Ratio Christi’s chapter at the University of Georgia (UGA) is sending a graduate off to law school as another ambassador for Christ. Jackson Turner was recently recognized with RC’s Legatus Christi certificate for his grasp on Christian apologetics and the way it can be used to reach more people.
“I really feel like I truly hadn't earned it yet,” Turner says of his surprise in being presented with the certificate. “I look upon that award less as a complete achievement and more as a goal for me to reach and a responsibility and duty to continue.”
Ratio Christi is saying goodbye to a great Chapter Director for a great reason. After four years of leading our chapter at the University of Alabama Huntsville campus (UAH), Patrick Collins is leaving us to go to Southwestern Theological Seminary. Collins, who’s a graduate of UAH himself and helped establish Ratio Christi on campus, achieved his Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary just as he was starting RC Huntsville in 2010. Now, he wishes to move on to a Master of Divinity and perhaps follow it through to a PhD in a field encompassing apologetics.
Scott Cherry is a full-time ordained minister and RC’s founding Chapter Director at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, now going into his third year with us. He also serves as faculty advisor for the chapter in addition to his own outreach, Advance Ministries. Cherry chose three outstanding students for Ratio Christi’s Legatus Christi certificates this past school year, and presented all the same evening.
Cody Bouse is the second University of Michigan at Dearborn Legatus Christi recipient we’re introducing to our readers (see Part One with Olivia Mensah). He was a charter member at the initial discussions about starting a Ratio Christi chapter on campus. Along with Mensah, Cody shared student leader responsibilities before they both graduated.