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  • What is Neo-Thomism?

    Neo-Thomism (or, The Tommy Gun)

    I found an excellent description of Thomism, which I’m copying below.  This was written by Winfred Corduan for the Elwell Evangelical Dictionary.  It says:

    “Neo-Thomism is a twentieth century revival of the thought of Thomas Aquinas . . .

    “The metaphysical distinctive of neo Thomism may be found in its insistence on the maxim that “existence precedes essence.” For that reason Mar...   More

  • The Moral Law

    There is something called “The Moral Law.” Proponents hold that this law is inherent in all human beings, and that the fact of such a law proves that God exists. Other people deny that a moral law exists other than in some people’s opinion, and because it does not exist, it certainly does not prove God exists.

    There are two senses of the moral law: In the first sense, proponents claim that all people’s of the earth have basically the same sense of morality....   More

  • Historical Reliability of the Gospels

    So this semseter we have been going over this curriculum: during our Ratio Christi weekly meetings.

    We have covered the first six articles and have concluded thus far that the Gospels talk about real historical places and put at the center of their narratives a real historical person (Jesus). From what we have seen the idea that the Gospels are primarliy mythological in character and portray a mythological person named Jesus wh...   More

  • How Can A Good God Send People to Hell? (Several Quotes Concerning Hell)

    Sigmund Freud defined an illusion as beliefs that are derrived from human wishes. “We call a belief an illusion when a wish-fullfillment is a prominent factor in its motivation, and in doing so we disregard its relations to reality” (Future of an Illusion, 38-40). Freud said that we tell ourselves that it would be nice if there were a God that is good to us. These ideas were very similar to those of Ludwig Feurbach, who said that religion is an outward projection of what is insi...   More

  • 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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