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  • Join in on the Collegiate Day of Prayer

    1,823 campuses spanning the United States have one thing in common: they have been adopted by teams and individuals who will pray for an awakening amongst our college students.

    Thursday, February 28, marks the annual Collegiate Day of Prayer. Individuals, campus groups, local churches, and communities will rally together to cover our students and campuses in prayer. And you can get involved! Here's how:

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  • Please, Help Me Understand...

    From birth, and throughout life, there is, and always will be, those that know more than we know. As children it is our parents. As parents it is other experts in their respective fields. We send our children to school to learn from teachers. We trust them to teach our kids as they have been to school and are qualified to teach. And this concept applies to most everything, from doctors, to lawyers, mechanics, and of course our money. We are always relying on others. Experts, or those qualif...   More

  • Alvin Plantinga on the Problem of Evil

    by Paul M. Gould, Associate Director of RC Prof

    One complaint leveled against philosophy is that nothing ever gets done. The history of philosophy is viewed as one extended conversation, an endless back-and-forth, over the nature of knowledge, reality, and morality. Just about everything seems up for grabs. The normal objects of our everyday experience—tables, chairs, heaps of sand—are transformed by the metaphysician into space-time worms or fusions of...   More

  • Abortion | Arguments and Answers

    Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, states” if the unborn is not a human person, then no arguments for abortion are necessary. If the unborn is a human person, then no argument is sufficient”.

    I have written and recorded many blogs and podcasts concerning the church and its relevance in society. If you have read or listened to either my position is obvious. If not, in short, my belief is most churches are dying and the others have no impact on culture. Please read...   More

  • The Good Professor

    We’ve been making our way through the three great transcendentals: truth, beauty, and now, goodness. We saw that truth obtains when we stand in a right relationship to ideas, and ultimately, in right relationship with the person Jesus. We noted how beauty awakens longing and sets us on a journey to God. But what about goodness? Perhaps unsurprisingly, like truth and beauty, we can only understand goodness in relation to God. God is wholly good—without defect, blemish, o...   More

  • 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

  • Scientific "proof"?

    At the outset it should be stated that there is no “scientific method,” no formula with five easy steps guaranteed to lead to discoveries. There are many methods, used at different stages of inquiry, in widely varying circumstances. – Ian Barbour, Issues in Science and Religion   More

  • Where is Apologetics in Youth Ministry?

    One of our passions as followers of Jesus is apologetics but some are asking, "What is Apologetics?"
    Apologetics is defending the worldview or religion you hold to.
    It’s also the practice and training on how to share the reasons for those beliefs.
    Whenever we engage in a discussion with someone about why we believe what we believe we’re “doing” apologetics.

    Unfortunately, it seems that apologetics isn’t exactly a big thing going on...   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

  • The Basis of Human and Civil Rights

    Every year, we celebrate the contribution to our country by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's leadership of the civil rights movement. One can see photos with his most memorable quotes all over the Internet, and this is a great thing. 

    But what is the foundational basis for civil and human rights? 

    That was our discussion topic Monday Night in honor of MLK Day. 

    We discussed the Trolley Problem to introduce the questions: Do humans have value? Do thei...   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

  • Spring 2019 meetings

    Here's our tentative schedule for January 11 - April 26

    Jan 11:  What is a human and what is the image of God?

    Jan 18:  Conversations:  talk about who you love

    Jan 25:  Evidence from science:  the beginning of the universe

    Feb 1:  Evidence from science:  the design of the universe

    Feb 8:  Evidence from science:  the origin of life

    Feb 15:  Evidence from science:  the design of li...   More

  • The Power of Beauty

    In our last post, we considered the nature of beauty. We noted that it is objective—part of the furniture of the world—and essential to a life of flourishing. We suggested that we should seek it and incorporate it into our lives as followers of Christ and as academics. We worship a beautiful God. We can live beautiful lives. And we can incorporate beauty into the things we make. In al...   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

  • UIowa Ratio Christi meets Sunday, Feb 17 in IMU Room 341

    UIowa Ratio Christi meetings  starting Sunday in the Iowa Memorial Union. Free pizza as well. 

    Session 3: Hang On Every Word and Separate Artifacts from Evidence
    When: Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    Where: Iowa Memorial Union - Room 341 

     

    KEY THEMES: hanging on every word; thinking about the nature of Forensic Statement Analysis; examining the gospel of Mark; investigat-
    ing the claims of skeptics like Bart...   More

  • The Nature of Beauty

    On October 5, 2018, the iconoclastic anti-establishment artist Bansky shocked the art world by destroying his Girl With Balloon print as the auctioneer’s gavel pounded the podium at Sotheby’s. Sold for $1.4 million pounds, onlookers watched with shock, awe, and confusion as the print was sliced into strips by a shredder hidden in the work’s frame. Sotheby was quick to spin the prank:

    Banksy has a history with pranking art establishments, having previously pu...   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

  • Evangelism, Discipleship and the Bible

    Sadly, I hear this quote more often than I would like. “We need to be less confrontational in our evangelism efforts.  We need to avoid offending people.  You catch more flies with honey that with vinegar, after all.” However, though my goal is not to be confrontational, many falsely assume that is my purpose. Today, as always, my goal is to help the Christian, reach the lost, and change culture. The following is another example of what many may take otherwise…<...   More

  • Join us for the Ultimate Debate: Does God Exist?

    On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in the Community Arts auditorium on the Main Campus of Wayne State University, two WSU professors will debate the question, "Does God Exist?"

    On the PRO side, Prof. Abert Spalding will provide evidence for the existence of God. Dr. Spalding teaches in the Mike Ilitch School of Business and serves as faculty advisor and chapter director of Ratio Christi at Wayne State University.

    On the CON side, Prof. Bruce Russell will argue against the existe...   More