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  • Women in Apologetics?

    When I first started with Ratio Christi, I noticed that the all chapter directors were male. All the people I talked to about turning Ratio Christi into an independent organization were male. Most of the ministries I knew about were run by men. I wondered where the women were.   More

  • Christian & Atheist Talk About Causation

    Scene One:

    Christian: When I look outside, I'm seeing a lot of boxcars passing by.
    Atheist: Yes, I am too.
    Christian: They have been moving by for a long time, so this is a very long series of boxcars.
    Atheist: Yes, you are correct.
    Christian: Boxcars can't cause themselves to move, so there must be something else causing them to move. This cause cannot be a boxcar; it must be something different than a boxcar. So there must be an Engine pulling...   More

  • Guards At Prayer Service?

    Recent news reports said that heavy guards were placed outside of mosques in Syria to prevent protests after Muslim prayer services. “Protests” really means riots. I was immediately reminded of a large Muslim uprising against Israel years ago that began when a large group of men were reported to have poured out of a mosque, starting a series of riots that lasted for many months. So it appears that the way to keep peace in some Muslim areas is to post heavy guards outside of mosq...   More

  • Is Science Objective? Or Does It Have An Emotional Bias?

    Science writer A. F. Chalmers has written a widely-used text about how science works. The text is titled What Is This Thing Called Science? Chalmers talks about the key views on the philosophy of science and shows how we should view the greatest scientific minds in all of history. Chalmers shows that observation is insufficient to determine objective facts, since an educated mental framework is required in advance before we can determine meaning from observed facts. A shadow on an...   More

  • Is Mormonism a Cult?

    This week at a prominent political event, an evangelical pastor was introducing a candidate for president and mentioned that Mormonism was a cult and not Christian. The media picked up on this and reported it extensively. Most of the candidates shied away from the statement, either flatly denying that Mormonism is a cult, or refusing to comment on the issue at all. I’m sure most of the candidates are indeed ill-informed on the theological differences between various religious groups....   More

  • From High School to College to Apologist

    As our young people graduate high school, enter college, navigate through the academy, and eventually end up in the real world, they will face many challenges to what they believe. I have seen too many young people who considered themselves Christians, then lost their faith when they got into the world. Most of them cite that a college professor was able to show that the Bible is not reliable regarding reality or to convince them that Christ is not the only way to God or to reason them away...   More

  • Final Push for Matching Grant

    We only need $4,350 to finish this matching grant campaign.

    Why is this so important?

    The next phase of Ratio Christi existence involves long term financial stability. Your donation and the match we will receive will immediately be put to use to purchase our donor software for our supported missionary program, and to pay for the launching of our dinner event speaker series.  Both these programs are designed to bring on monthly support for local chapte...   More

  • The Age of the Apologist

    Creating confident witnesses—A new strategy for church growth

    The modern church is under intellectual attack. The university is the breeding ground of skepticism, secularism, atheism, and neo-Darwinism. In the past, this was a relatively non-toxic situation. Intellectuals at the university used to simply dismiss Christianity as anti-intellectual, but all that has changed. Today they are on the attack and they are aggressively recruiting students to their cause. Neo...   More

  • What’s Wrong with “The God of the Gaps” Argument

    Over the years, I have had my share of discussions with atheists and skeptics about the existence of God. Any attempt to point to God as an explanation for observable phenomena such as anticipatory, irreducible or specified complexity can invoke the atheist or naturalist to cry “ foul play.” Many of these people tend to have faith that science will be able to fill in any gaps in our knowledge. Let’s try to clear up this misunderstanding.

    First of all, in h...   More

  • OSU Graduate Discusses Ratio Christi Experience

    by Kyle Reid---  physics graduate at OSU

    I came to  Ohio State my freshman year as a Christian, hoping  to share my belief with others. Within the first fortnight at the dorms I was challenged with questions and assertions which I had never heard before. They revolved around subjects I had never encountered before such as questions about morality, statements why the Pentateuch could not have been solely written by Moses, and why other books were not included in the N...   More

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  • What Do Ratio Christi Meetings Look Like?

    by Glenn Smith, Chapter Director at Texas A&M University

    Ratio Christi operates differently from how Christian apologetics have traditionally been done. In the past, apologists were alone, doing work that was breaking new ground. Therefore, the only avenue available to them was through teaching, writing books and articles, and debates. So, when Ratio Christi came along, many Christians and apologists simply did not understand how we went about our work. From the perspectiv...   More

  • A Message to All Apologists: Your Success is Our Priority

    Creating a Movement—Not an Organization

    by Rick Schenker, President of Ratio Christi

    I didn’t join Ratio Christi to build an organization; I did it to help create a movement.  From the moment I saw Ratio Christi’s web site, I realized that God was up to something big—I believed that He was about to start a mass movement that would make “apologetics” a household word.   More

  • Reversing the Decay of London Undone (WSJ)

    From the Wall Street Journal  by JONATHAN SACKS

    Britain's chief rabbi on the moral disintegration since the 1960s and how to rebuild

    . . . Britain is the latest country to pay the price for what happened half a century ago in one of the most radical transformations in the history of the West. In virtually every Western society in the 1960s there was...   More