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  • The Good Professor

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    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...   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

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    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...   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

  • The Nature of Beauty

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    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 histor...   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

  • 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 debated the question, "Does God Exist?"
    On the PRO side, Prof. Abert Spalding provided evidence for the existence of God. Dr. Spalding teaches in the Mike Ilitch School of Business and serves as faculty advisor and c...   More

  • Teaching and our Posture toward Truth

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    What is our posture on truth?

    In my last post, we examined the nature of truth. Truth is objective. Truth is discoverable. We also saw that we can stand in right relationships to both propositions (knowledge that) and persons (knowledge of). For example, we can know truly things about God and we can also know God...   More

  • Church Dilemma...

    My prayer n writing blogs and recording podcasts is to help others understand the importance of truth and apologetics within and outside of the church. Over the past three weeks I have written in a way that, if applied, could be used immediately. Today, some may not take this as being helpful. Yet, consider the points I am suggesting with an open mind and please do not be offended.   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