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  • Tips for discussing God’s existence with skeptics – Part 2

    By James Klofenstein - University of Iowa Chapter Director

    Know the difference between the Leibnizian and Kalam Cosmological arguments and when to use these arguments.

    Dr. Craig often discusses two different versions of the cosmological argument. 

    First, the Leibnizian Cosmological Argument[1]
    1) Anything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or i...   More

  • What do Christians know about reason and logic?

    By Jim Klopfenstein, University of Iowa Ratio Christi Chapter Director

    Some of you may have heard of Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748). He wrote the hymn Joy to the World along with more than 700 other hymns. He was also a well renowned theologian and logician. In fact, "Watts wrote a text book on logic which was particularly popular; its full title was, Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth With a Variety of Rules to Guard Against E...   More

  • Us Before Them...

    During my years as an agnostic I, like many today, often questioned why Christian's seemed to pick and choose what pieces of scripture to follow and not to follow. It seemed as though if one were to ask there was always an answer for why this or that particular verse didn't apply. Today, it seems, much of the questioning has to do with Old Testament law. That normally is an easy objection to overcome. However, when it comes to the New Testament it appears, even as a professing follo...   More

  • Dan Martin: Living and Sharing the Gospel as a Scientist

    In the fall of 2014, Dan Martin was one of the first students interested in having a Ratio Christi chapter at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He became a co-founder with chapter directors Lori and Kevin Peters and served as the first student president for the 2014-2015 school year.

    Lori Peters explains why Martin was chosen to receive RC’s   More

  • Tips for discussing God’s existence with skeptics – Part 1

    By James Klopfenstein, U of Iowa Ratio Christi Chapter Director

    Over the next few weeks I would like to discuss important tips when discussing the question of God’s existence with skeptics.  These tips are from my personal experiences teaching William Lane Craig’s “On Guard” book and companion DVD. [1]

    Be sure to define the term God because we probably do not believe in the...   More

  • The End...

    Believe it or not I was the president of my junior high school journalism class. In being so, I was also the editor of the class yearbook. The particular year of this distinguished honor our yearbook included a picture at the end. The picture, depending on one's sense of humor, may or may not have been appropriate, especially in today's society, as it was of a cheerleader. So what could possibly be wrong with having a picture of a cheerleader as the end of a junior high yearbook. We...   More

  • How to Discern Cultic Teaching from Biblical Orthodoxy

    This posting is kind of going back to a specialty when I first started on the adventure in the discipline of apologetics. Prior to addressing things like the problem of evil, the existence of God and worldview subjects, I was involved with doing ministry training churches to witness to people in the cults.  So in this posting I am going to go back to that to address something that came up in a conversation just the other night.

    The other night I found myself talking with a cou...   More

  • How Apologetics Serves Evangelism in Our Post Christian Culture

    Thinking this morning about where our culture has been and where it is going, I could not help pondering about the church’s effectiveness in this post Christian culture in reaching those without Christ. Our cultue has taken on a different face, very quickly, as a result of a judicial fiat decision. Should we do anything differently in our evangelism?  Has anything really changed?

    The truth is that every believer already, whether they realize it or not, does some fo...   More

  • What does your Bible say...

    I pray that your Bible doesn't actually say anything. But then many do state that their Bible speaks to them. Obviously a play on words. And there are many words written in our Bibles. I would guess the correct way to ask the question would be something in the form of what does your Bible state maybe? But either way, I am pretty sure you get the point. So, what does your Bible state? Is it different than mine? I am glad you ask!   More