Atheists are finding their voice in the public square. No longer content to remain in the shadows of society, in recent years atheists have been writing best-selling books, holding national conferences, and organizing on college campuses.
An “evangelistic” fervor is evident especially on college campuses. For instance, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), with chapters on over 400 universities, colleges, and high schools across the U.S. and internationally, is dedicated to educating high school and college students about the intellectual basis of secularism and its link to atheism and humanism. And started by two students at Missouri State University in 2008, the Skepticon Conference has exploded to over 1,500 attendees by 2012.
Greg West runs the fifth most popular Christian apologetics website on the Internet, The Poached Egg. We’re pleased that he and his food-for-thought blog are now part of the Ratio Christi family on a full-time basis. This is quite a feat for a guy who grew up in church, but let his own doubts about his faith become an excuse for going off and doing his own thing. Meet Greg and learn more about The Egg in this post.
Ratio Christi is thrilled at the success of the movie "God's Not Dead" which premiered in U.S. theatres March 21st. Congratulations to Pure Flix and everyone associated with the film from producers to actors to crew! The figures are in for this Christian-themed flick, and they’re outstanding.
Ratio Christi is proud to announce a University of Kentucky student as the recipient of its Ambassador Award, entitled the Legatus Christi Certificate. Trevor Tackett has proven himself to be a capable ambassador for Christ wherever he goes. He is a member of Ratio Christi's chapter at UK Lexington, led by Chapter Director Clint Field.
Meet Tom Gilson, Ratio Christi’s first National Field Director. To succeed and expand, every worthwhile organization needs a strategic plan. And for growth as fast as ours, we need to be sure that none of the building is on a weak foundation. We believe Gilson is a leader who can show us the way and keep us focused on the main thing – bringing glory to God and people to Christ.
Gilson brings a wealth of practical experience to our team. His resume includes writing for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and his current “Worldview and You” column appears monthly at BreakPoint Online; ministry strategy for the Colson Center; strategic and organizational consulting work for the Josh McDowell Ministry, and working with McDowell in Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru).
Here are several recent testimonies directly from the college campuses.
The University of New Hampshire just "received our official recognition. Tonight we doubled our numbers and ran out of chairs in the room we were meeting in. God is really bringing momentum to UNH. Glory to God. ~ Lori Peters, UNH Chapter Director (April 6)
The Ratio Christi team is excited about a new movie premiering nationwide Friday, March 21. Pure Flix is releasing "God's Not Dead," a dynamic film about the present-day rejection of Christ and Christianity on college and university campuses.
Actor Kevin Sorbo plays a philosophy professor who is a devout atheist. He begins class on the first day by telling students they must believe God is dead and challenges them to write those three words on a piece of paper. But one freshman, a Christian named Josh (actor Shane Harper), seeing other students scribble, looks up at Professor Radisson and says, "I can't do that. I'm a Christian."
Authors of new book highlight irrationality of atheists' claim to be defenders of reason
“The New Atheists have proclaimed themselves the party of Reason—but in practice they're not very good at it. In fact, Christianity has a far stronger claim on both reason and truth.” So says Tom Gilson, National Field Director for Ratio Christi and co-editor of the newly released True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism.
In this full length interview David Berlinksi, author of The Devil's Delusion and The Deniable Darwin, takes us for a sweeping and sometimes evasive look at his worldview. Comparing the greatness of the traditional western culture to the new anemic scientism, Berlinski covers the goal directedness of history, Darwinism, the scientific establishment, paleontology, St. Augustine, global warming, intelligent design in biology, and the great crimes of the twentieth century. If you are looking for an erudite and broad analysis of the problems with the modern experiment you will not want to miss this interview--every minute of it.