Ratio Christi would like to honor the life and work of Dr. Gordon R. Lewis upon the news of his passing. Dr. Lewis went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2016. Prior to the establishment of Talbot University and Southern Evangelical Seminary, Dr. Lewis likely had the leading apologetics program in the United States. From 1958 until his retirement from teaching in 2008, he influenced thousands of students with studies in apologetics. He served as a president of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society, as well as founding Evangelical Ministries to New Religions.
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Winding through a town north of north and mostly forgotten, I was reminded that New England is all that it's cracked up to be . . . including the roads: potholes and all. The scenic views, rustic streets, and refreshing chill in early May was a reboot of my youth and early married years in New England. But this wasn't just New England. I was in Bangor, Maine for the Why Jesus? 2016 Northern New England Conference on Evidence for Christian Faith.
The small town felt evaporated upon entering the convention center that quickly filled with about 6,300 people. That's not a typo. The proof is in the "pews."
Lee Strobel wrapped up the morning that had started at 8:30 a.m. making a case for the historical Jesus, and Ravi Zacharias brought it home about 9:00 p.m. presenting on "Why Should Anyone Follow a First Century Religious Figure?"
Now, THAT . . . is wicked cool!* And if you are from around here, you know I'm not talking about an evil winter.
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
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.
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.
(Updated May 23, 2016)
Help Us Keep a Christian Voice on Campus
by 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.)
"Ratio Christi is what brought me back to faith in college. My junior and senior years of high school were filled with lots of doubt about my faith and with questions that I couldn't find sufficient answers to. It was finding Ratio Christi at orientation that was a turning point in my belief. And if it wasn't for RC, I would probably be an atheistic naturalist."
Matthew, a student at University of Alabama Huntsville.
What is my job as 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, our events can get coverage, and students like Matthew can be heard in public.
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.
Part of our series of interviews connected with the movie God's Not Dead 2.
God’s Not Dead 2 tells the story of a public school teacher, “Grace Wesley” (played by Melissa Joan Hart), whose Christian faith and career come under attack after she answers a student’s question about Jesus in class. A zealous civil liberties group files suit, to make an example of her in its quest to remove God from public discourse.
If the story has a “ripped from the headlines” feel, it’s for good reason: More than twenty-five court cases involving Christians who were sued for expressing their faith in public settings are cited in the film’s credits as an example of the controversies occurring every day on the subject. Most of those cases were handled in court by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).