Czar (pronounced Cezar) Bernstein had an interest in philosophy of religion before he joined the Ratio Christi chapter at Florida State University (FSU). He already knew Tim Hsiao, one of the first students who started the chapter. Hsiao invited Bernstein to attend.
"I had been studying apologetics for some time," Bernstein says, "so I decided to go with him."
Ryan Moore is serving as the chapter president for Ratio Christi at Tennessee Tech. Apparently, he lives, eats and breathes apologetics and evangelism – he’s a 2013 graduate of Dr. Frank Turek’s CrossExamined Instructor Academy, and went through the course “I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" (based on the book of the same name by Turek and Norman Geisler) .
After starting at Tennessee Tech, Moore found out about Ratio Christi from our COO Blake Anderson at a conference from CrossExamined. The two talked about starting a chapter on campus, and, in just his freshman year, Moore became the student leader of the group.
Curtis Hrischuk at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is one of the four original Ratio Christi Chapter Directors. He started with us in 2008 when RC was a fledgling organization under the leadership of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) right there in North Carolina (see our interestingHistory page after reading this article!).
We’re proud to announce that our International Division is getting off the ground! Our very first Ratio Christi International Apologetics Conference will take place July 19, 21-24, 2014 in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines. The theme is “Certainty of Christianity in a Generation of Uncertainty.”
On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided on the side of religious freedom in the well-known Hobby Lobby lawsuit. The corporation objected to the Obamacare mandate that would have ordered them to pay for drugs they considered abortifacients (drugs ending pre-natal life). Ratio Christi was among the friends of the court in the amicus brief (see our previous blog with the details).
John Stewart is Ratio Christi’s International Director and an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly known as Alliance Defense Fund). He shares his assessment of the decision:
Jeremy Scarbrough leads our newly recognized RC chapter at the University of Mississippi (affectionately called “Ole Miss”) as its Chapter Director. “Now that the semester is drawing to a close, I have finally found a moment to catch my breath and share what’s happened,” he says.
“After receiving the notice of our official recognition, I started posting flyers and making announcements at the church I had been attending. I received an email of interest from a young lady. When we met for coffee, she brought an additional friend who was also interested.” Starting the spring semester with no money and very limited exposure, the three of them committed to building the Ratio Christi chapter.
“Over 95 percent of the top scientists in the world do not believe in God!"
This was the proclamation of a former American Humanist Association president as he addressed students of the Ratio Christi Chapter at the University of North Carolina’s Wilmington Campus (UNCW). Aaron Marshall, Chapter Director, shares what happened.
In our May 2014 Newsletter, we featured Julie Miller who is the Ratio Christi Chapter Director at Rutgers University. She couldn't stop talking about the student members of her chapter, and this past season was proud to present two of them with Ratio Christi's Legatus Christi Certificate. The Legatus Christi Certificate program was created to recognize students with outstanding achievements in apologetics training. This month, we'd like you to meet the two from Rutgers, Isaac Woodward and Andrea Morocoima. First, read about Isaac Woodward:
Tony Feiger, our Chapter Director at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is excited about taking on an additional role as Ratio Christi's new National Trainer. He'll be working with Tom Gilson, RC's National Field Director, and Blake Anderson, our Chief Operating Officer, to develop an across-the-board training curriculum and examine our ministry’s needs in the area of training as they arise.
“Tony will be coming alongside [me] and the other national and regional directors to survey the movement's training needs,” Gilson said in his introduction of Feiger to the leadership folks at RC, “and to develop a structure and method for delivering the kind of training that will serve you best in your role as a leader in Ratio Christi.”
Andrea (pronounced andray’ah) Morocoima is Ratio Christi’s second recent Legatus Christi recipient this past season at Rutgers, along with Isaac Woodward (Part One). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science in May of 2013, but has stayed on at Rutgers as an editor of proposals and dissertations for the Engineering Department. So she’s still involved in the RC chapter.