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  • Love’s Labors Lost: The End of the American Era

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina

    Executive Summary: Identifying and understanding the concept of “love” has been completely lost by modern society. And this is not a phenomenon that is new to human history. One of the marks of a failing empire is that human sexual relationships devolve into an exclusive focus on satisfying individual appetites. When humans chase after a feeling as oppos...   More

  • Is the Doctrine of Original Sin Incoherent?

    Paul M. Gould, Associate Director of RC Prof

    One challenge to the reasonableness of the Christian faith is conceptual. If the concept of God or some central doctrine Christians endorse is incoherent, then Christian theism is necessarily false. As a philosopher, one of my favorite challenges to the coherence of theism (because it highlights the importance of defining terms) is the so-called paradox of the stone: “Christians say an omnipotent (all-powerful) God...   More

  • A Spotlight on Summit Ministries

    Summit Ministries is a youth-centric organization providing an array of in-depth teaching events and published materials with the goal to cultivate rising generations to resolutely champion a biblical worldview. These events include two-week conferences that explore targeted topics, as well as semester-long programs of study. Ratio Christi is pleased to support the mission and work of Summit Ministries. We recently had the opportunity to interview Scott Northway, Vice President of Programs...   More

  • The Fall of the House of Stanley?

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina

    It comes as no surprise to followers of Andy Stanley and North Point Ministries in Atlanta, GA that their pastor and mentor has found himself once again in hot water. In a column published by Relevant Magazine Stanley disavows the use of the...   More

  • Societal Grooming: Preparing for the next Sexual Revolution

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina

    It has long been understood in the trauma counseling field that men, women, and children, are lured into abusive sexual relationships by a process known as “grooming.” This process is the way perpetrators persuade, coercively, a victim who is unaware t...   More

  • Lauren Daigle: A Case Study in an Ancient Heresy

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina

    If you clicked on this article thinking it was going to be a hit piece on the latest Christian pop sensation Lauren Daigle, then you are in the wrong place. No, quite the contrary, this article is about a false teaching that crept into the Christian church early into the fourth century. Wait, so exactly what does that have to do with Lauren Daigle? I will explain in a minute.

    T...   More

  • Imago Anthropos: The Transhumanist Temptation

    Just about everything is up for grabs these days. Belief in God, as is well known, is not assumed. Most Traditional views are contested, including views on sexuality, gender, human flourishing, family, and marriage. When it comes to science, we are told that it delivers to us a vast and indifferent universe. The appearance of humans is nothing special. The cosmic dice rolled, and we got lucky. Through a vast calculus of improbabilities, minds appeared late and local on this one tiny corner...   More

  • Understanding Critical Theory and Christian Apologetics

    By Dr. Neil Shenvi and Dr. Patrick Sawyer

    “Stop the Christian fascists!” the woman was shouting as she passed out pamphlets. Neil wasn’t particularly surprised to hear this message as a graduate student at UC – Berkeley in the early 2000s. But in the last few years, both of us have seen more and more people voicing objections to Christianity that seem to fit a similar profile:

    “Christians want a theocracy.”
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  • RC Recommends | Unbelievable: 7 Myths about the History and Future of Science and Religion

    Ratio Christi is constantly on the lookout for quality publications to recommend to thoughtful Christians. We are pleased to add to our list Unbelievable: 7 Myths about the History and Future of Science and Religion (ISI Books, January 2019). We anticipate this book will be well received by its readers, and that it will spark fruitful discussion in our RC student chapters. An interview with historian and philosopher of science Dr. Michael Keas explains why.

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  • A Broken Cord, A Dungeon, A Shopping Mall: Understanding "Our Athens" in Apologetics

    Paul M. Gould, Associate Director of RC Prof

    One of the things I love about Paul’s encounter with the Greeks in Athens is how he models for us how to effectively build a bridge from the culture to Jesus and the gospel. Importantly, he begins by seeking to understand the city of Athens—its objects of worship, its history, its leading thinkers and story-tellers—so that he can understand their loves and longings, their beliefs and shared stories.   More

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  • Something Wicca this Way Comes

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina

    There have been numerous articles circulating about the resurgence of “Wicca,” a modern-day twist on an ancient practice. But what exactly does that mean and why should we care? And is it Witchcraft? What’s the difference?

    Fear not, loved ones. Your trusty Cults and New Religions Specialist has got you covered.

    First things first: understanding...   More

  • Unite Your Voice with Ratio Christi

    Ratio Christi is a team of apologists and evangelists looking to transform culture. Our goal is to see Christianity thriving on every college campus. In the recent past it was common for people to freely express their competing ideas in civil discourse. Now it is commonplace to see professors, students, and administrations actively drowning out the voices of Christians...and it’s working. Christian college students are leaving the church at record rates. For many, this departure resul...   More

  • Confessions from a Privileged White Male Christian

    Corey Miller, Ratio Christi CEO and President

    I'm a white male Christian and am certainly privileged! But my privilege isn't what your paradigm might imagine. 

    As a child I was molested by a female babysitter. I was also forced by yet another female babysitter to remove my clothing and have one of my other young male relatives stare at me naked while I had to stare at him as she looked on with a twisted approval. I grew up in a tough neighborh...   More

  • Oprah's New Spirituality Not Really New

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina  

    Oprah Winfrey once provided a candid interview at the headquarters of her Hollywood studios television network (OWN). The topic: Oprah’s spiritual beliefs. We take notice because these beliefs are representative of the so-called “New S...   More

  • The Perceived Problem of Science and Faith | Part 1: Putting Faith in its Place

    Corey Miller, Ratio Christi CEO and President

    Science and faith are hot topics. There are scores of books, articles, and videos covering how they relate to each other. Perhaps your interest is in learning more for yourself. Or perhaps you would like to be better prepared to weigh in while talking with friends or colleagues. This is a three part series that will help you understand the relationship between faith and science. This first article addresses the very nat...   More

  • How Should a Christian View Israel? | Part 3

    The nation of Israel has a central role in biblical history, including both the Old and New Testaments. But how should Christians of today view Israel? Ratio Christi's Chapter Director at Ohio State University, Eric Chabot, has researched and written extensively on this topic and provides thoughtful insight within a multi-part blog series. Part I of this series introduces...   More

  • How Should a Christian View Israel? | Part 2

    As defenders of the Gospel message, we need to have a working understanding of the major stakeholders within biblical history. The nation of Israel is central to this history in both the Old and New Testaments. What may not be clear is how the Christian of today should view Israel. Ratio Christi's Chapter Director at Ohio State University, Eric Chabot, has researched and written extensively on this topic and provides thoughtful insight within a multi-part blog series.   More