Biology. Not bigotry.
RC Talk - The Official Blogs of Ratio Christi Chapters
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Rutgers University Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation) spoke at Rutgers University on sexual ethics. In an "anything goes" sexual culture why should we even discuss the ethics of people's "private" lives? Are sexual mores grounded in anything besides our desires? As a result of the recent turbulent upheaval of opinion and law regarding marriage are there rational answers to a public understanding of marriage? This includes two in depth academic lectures, a critical response, and public Q & A.
by Joshua Alexander, RC Chapter Director, Shepherd University
There is one main reason for not practicing Islam: it is not true. The approaches Christian apologists use to demonstrate this are varied. The ethical approach is a common and quite justified approach that focuses on the character of Muhammad and the negative effects Islam has had throughout history, which we see so clearly in many Muslim nations today. If Muhammad were really the prophet of God, and Islam the true religion, then Muhammad’s life should reflect this and Islam should have a just ethical system that promotes human flourishing.
Andrew Robbins of Ratio Christi at Texas A&M (“TAMU”) is a great example of why we’ve been encouraged to start our new College Prep division at the high school level. Robbins' interest in apologetics was sparked during high school. He has "fanned the flame" by continuing these studies throughout his undergraduate work as an active RC member, serving first as treasurer, curriculum coordinator, and finally student president for two years. Robbins earned a BS in biomedical engineering in 2013 (with minors in mathematics and electrical engineering). He is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field and is staying with RC during this time.
The Church is a funny thing. Strange. A faulty group made up of very faulty individuals. It has blundered through history; "a holy huddle," not so holy.
Ratio Christi values the church.
Part II. Q&A with the “Ole Miss” Legatus Christi students:
In Part I of this article. we interviewed RC's Chapter Director Jeremy Scarbrough at the University of Mississippi, and asked him to tell us about five students he selected for the accomplishment we know as Legatus Christi. Let’s get to know a couple of the students who earned this recognition for outstanding achievement in apologetics at "Ole Miss" for 2014-2015.
by Lori Peters, RC Chapter Director, University of New Hampshire (UNH)
Since the tragic events of 9/11, the press, politicians, and western Muslims have proclaimed that Islam is a religion of peace. Despite the dramatic and more recent stories out of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries witnessed by aid workers and military personnel, the mantra continues – Islam is a religion of peace.
(Part One of Two. See Part Two here)
The Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) officially became a recognized campus club in December 2013 after holding interest meetings in the fall. Jeremy Scarbrough started as its president and then became the chapter director.
With Scarbrough’s outlook on ministry, and dedication from his RC students, this chapter has been one of our most consistent groups. That consistency has “produced much fruit in its season” with Scarbrough being able to present the Legatus Christi certificate to five students. This recognition is given to RC club members who demonstrate outstanding application of apologetics and leadership skills both on and off campus.
by Scott Cherry, Ratio Christi’s Chapter Director at the University of Michigan, Dearborn (UMD)
Dearborn has a large Muslim population, possibly the largest of any U.S. city.* Our Ratio Christi chapter takes advantage of many opportunities to engage with Muslim students on campus as well as people of that faith in the surrounding community. I also purposefully seek out opportunities to be a Christian influence to Muslims and have deeply researched the topic, “The Make-up of the Arab-American Identity.”
Here are several enlightening conversations with Muslims about their concept of “mercy” and their take on what “miracles” may look like. Names have been changed.
We recently featured the RC chapter at Portland State University (PSU) with Chapter Directors Derry B. Tseng and Shawn Hart. At that time, they were planning to host a first-ever missions week within the U.S. to be modeled after one started by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in the United Kingdom. Hart and Tseng invited our chapters from San Jose State University (SJSU) with Chapter Director Jane Pantig, and Colorado School of Mines with Director Xandra Carroll, to join them for a week long outreach at the PSU campus. Speakers from RZIM, Cru, and other Christian ministries were also involved. The five-day outreach included lectures by apologists plus food, games, and more.