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  • Blessed...

    This is not some mind blowing new discovery, or topic, but maybe a different look at what we have all read or heard previously.  You know, your testimony is your best witness, or just share what God has done. Possibly, for you, it is "just show the love of Jesus in your actions".  We have all heard it, and it rings true today, possibly each Sunday, somewhere, someone is saying "people will want what you have just by the way you act", and "the best way to evangelize the lost is to...   More

  • Covenant Theology: A Neglected Art

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

    Speedy Summary: Within Christianity there are two broad schools of thought describing God’s interactions with His people through the Old Testament and New Testament. The older school of “Covenant Theology” organizes the biblical time line according to covenant agreements bestowed by God onto his people. These covenants work to develop, expand, and exp...   More

  • Back to the Basics

    Dr. Norman Geisler once stated, concerning historic Christianity, “one Book, two testaments, three Creeds, four Councils and five centuries.” In other words, the foundation of Christianity can be summarized within the first 500 years after the death of Jesus. My goal here is to elaborate on Dr. Geisler’s summary.   More

  • How Do We Know Right from Wrong?

    Have you ever considered how we know right from wrong? I ask someone recently to assume God did not exist. Then I ask would they continue doing, what they considered, nice things for others. Of course, they said yes, but why? On what do we base right, wrong, good and bad? The way we were raised? The culture? I would suggest, as with a significant number of others, without God, there would not be a right and wrong. This can be one of the strongest arguments for the existence of God called th...   More

  • Did Moses really write the Pentateuch?

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

    Quick Summary: There is significant internal and external evidence for Mosaic authorship of the first five books of the Bible in spite of and contrary to what the Documentary Hypothesis postulates.

    On March 14th, Engage Media Partners will release Patterns of Evidence: the Moses Controversy in theaters across the US. The follow-up to   More

  • I Blame the Church!

    One of the top news items, currently, is the subject of abortion. First, New York passed a law allowing abortion to be legal up to birth. Last week there was an abortion debate on the campus of UNCW sponsored in part by Ratio Christi. Our students at Marshall watched the live stream. Recently, I have written a blog providing common objections to abortion, with answers, or how to at least have a conversation on the subject. And this week, the United States senate blocked a bill that would al...   More

  • The Good, The Good Life, and the Good Professor

    In my last post, I suggested that a good professor is one who joins with God in the task of making fully functioning humans as part of her role within the university. This led directly to the question: what does human flourishing look like? The answer comes in three parts. Human flourishing has an individual, social, and teleological component.   More

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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