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  • 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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  • If Resurrection Isn't Real, It Can't Comfort Us

    A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my dear grandmother. As I talked with people at the viewing, it seemed that my impression of my Grandma as someone who loved people and loved her God was shared by everyone. Especially in talking with my Grandpa, the overall feeling in the room was one of great loss, but it was tempered with something. Many tears were shed, but there were smiles all around. My grandparents' longtime pastor gave the eulogy and he spoke of her as if she wasn'...   More

  • 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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  • Teaching that Nourishes the Soul: Truth

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    God created us to be nourished on goodness, truth, and beauty. Truth sets us free. Goodness makes us whole. Beauty calls us home. Each of these transcendentals (as they are called by philosophers) find their source in Jesus. All truths discovered, all knowledge gained, point to Jesus. Jesus is the good in all good things and the beauty of all beautiful things. Part of our job as Christian professors is to serve as guides on the human q...   More

  • Listening and Logical Fallacies

    Last week I wrote about self-defeating statements, such as there is no truth, or all truth is relative. I also mentioned the three questions concerning how to have a non-confrontational conversation; “What do you mean by that” “How did you arrive at that conclusion” and “Have you ever considered”? All three coming from Greg Koukl’s book Tactics.   More

  • 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

  • #GivingTuesday and Update of RC@PNW 2018

    #GivingTuesday is just around the corner, a time to offer a charitable donation to a non-profit of your choice.  We ask that you would consider Ratio Christi at Purdue University Northwest.  You have to option of being a one-time donor or part of our support team as a monthly donor, giving students a chance to study and understand the Christian Faith.

    Click on the "Donate" tab in our team members link to the donation page to support chapter director, Gene Calderon, your l...   More

  • Top Ten Reasons to Support Ratio Christi

    Please take the rest of this 2018 holiday season as your opportunity to help Ratio Christi bring our Vision onto school campuses:

    Thoughtful Christianity—Transforming Lives on Campus Today, Changing Culture Tomorrow.

    Through December 31, you can help us match an offered Challenge! Anything you give will be doubled!

    Here are...   More

  • Ratio Christi Chapter Lawsuit over Requirement for non-Christians to lead Christian group

    PRESS RELEASE:

    INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., November 15, 2018 – Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance’s chapter at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the University for forcing the group to accept members that don’t support the group’s purpose and officers that don’t share the group’s beliefs. The university refused t...   More

  • 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

  • Straight to Hell?

    If those that have never heard the gospel get a free pass to heaven, why would we ever send missionaries to convict them to hell?

    What about babies? If we are all born with a sin nature would it not follow babies that die, go to hell? If so, why not kill all babies? Seriously, babies are evil… have you ever left a 2-year-old alone? Okay, so we kill all two-year old’s and younger. That doesn’t seem right. What would be a fair age to stop killing babies? My eldest...   More

  • Spotlight on 'Women in Apologetics' Conference January 11-12, 2019

    Laurie Stewart is president of Women in Apologetics (WIA), a Christian non-profit organization focused on equipping, encouraging, and educating women in Christian apologetics. WIA purposefully gives women a chance to share content that is theologically, philosophically, and apologetically centered, and supports women in the church who are interested in learning how to think deeply and intelligently about their...   More

  • Feel, felt, found...

    To be a recruiter in the Air Force one must volunteer, go through a screening process and be selected. Once selected, the individual is given a free trip to San Antonio for a six to eight-week intense sales training school. Those attending are taught a script from "hello, can I help you" to "press hard four copies." Meaning what to say from the time someone arrives for an appointment to closing the "sale." Among, such things as "closing the sale", to "handling interruptions" and "overcoming...   More