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  • Is Evil Necessary for Soul-Making?

    by Paul M. Gould, Associate Director of RC Prof

    Speed Summary: It is a truism that trials and tribulations can make us stronger. We can, and often do, grow morally and spiritually, through difficulties. This truth is affirmed by human experience, theology, and philosophy. Some, such as John Hick, go further and offer what is called a soul-making theodicy. The claim is not just that God can and does use evil for our good, but that it is necessary fo...   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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • RC International 2018 Year-End Report and Photos

    2018 was a fruitful year for Ratio Christi International. We've come a long way since RC started a global outreach in 2013. We now have chapters in nine different countries - four in South Africa alone - and at multiple universities such as the University of Manila in the Philippines. We are excited to see an increasing number of people in other countries uniting their voices in proclaiming the clear and evident reasons for proclaiming Christ.

    In fact, we just received this rep...   More