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  • Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters!

    By Eric Chabot 

    Does the resurrection of Jesus matter? We are presently promoting a large event at a large college campus that will be a discussion/debate between Dr. Michael Licona and Dr. Larry Shapiro on the plausibility of belief the resurrection of Jesus. By the way, if you live in Columbus, Ohio or near here, the event is Feb 26th, 8:00 pm, Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N High St. Columbus, OH 43210. 

     Not to my surprise, like most events that center on the...   More

  • Is Apologetics Needed Because of a Lack of Faith?

    Anyone who has been in the apologetics endeavor knows that there is always the need to properly define apologetics. Every now and then, one objection I hear from my Christian friends is that those who are overly committed to apologetics must be somewhat weak in their faith. In other words, why should a Christian need all this reason and evidence stuff? After all, faith, not reason, is what God requires (Heb. 11:6).  And if we are growing in our relationship with God, our faith should b...   More

  • The Most Common Objection to God’s Existence on a College Campus

    DISCLAIMER: From what I gather, atheists and skeptics have told me “Well, I never bring up the arguments to theists that are mentioned in this post. Thus, no atheist or skeptic that I know would bring up these objections.” My response: This is based on my experience from the last 12 years of doing apolgoetics on a major college campus. So whether you don’t accept it has nothing to do with my own personal testimony from what I have seen.

    In 2004, I...   More

  • A Look at the Jesus Story, Oral Tradition and Eyewitness Memory

    Introduction

    Even though the Christian can always offer certain dates for the Gospels, it should remembered that there was a gap of time between the ascension of Jesus and when the Gospel authors actually wrote their individual biographies about the life of Jesus. Therefore, there was an oral period where the words and deeds of Jesus were committed to memory by the disciples and transmitted orally. Oral Tradition is the transmission of a teaching or saying from per...   More

  • RC Leaders & Student Interviewed on "Educate for Life" Radio & YouTube

    Ratio Christi's VP of Operations Michael F Bossman, RC Chapter Director Conor Anderson from San Diego State University, and graduating student Evan Young from our North Carolina College Prep outreach were interviewed on Educate For Life's streaming internet program with EFL's host and creator Kevin Conover. 

    The lively video conversation encompassed RC's vision and purpose, discrimination of Christian students in academia, and how apologetics training can add s...   More

  • The First Question in Discussing God's Existence

    How do we know God exists?  Over the years, when I have been asked this question, I used to just jump to an argument for God. Hence,  I would sit down and try to explain it in detail to the individual. I have now decided to take a different approach. I am convinced more than ever that the first question in the discussion is “How should we approach the existence of God?” or, ” What method should we use?” I find 90 % of the people I talk to have never taken t...   More

  • God and the University

    In this clip, I discuss the role of apologetics on a large college campus such as The Ohio State University. I also discuss the work we have done there and why an apologetics presence is needed on a campus. Make sure you watch the clip all the way to the end to see how you can help us.   More

  • Why the Jesus Movement Would Have Died Without a Resurrection

    By Eric Chabot


    Introduction

    Over the years there have been a slew of books that discuss the birth of the Jesus movement. Linguistically speaking, Christianity didn’t exist in the first century. Judaism in the first century was not seen as a single “way.” There were many Judaisms- the Sadducees, the Pharisees, Essenes, Zealots, etc. The followers of Jesus are referred to as a “sect” (Acts 24:14;28:22); “the sect o...   More

  • February 25: One United Day of Prayer for Colleges by Christians in America!

    The Collegiate Day of Prayer, Thursday, February 25. (Adapted from the Collegiate Day of Prayer website with thanks to Dave Smithers.)

    One day. February 25, 2016. The Collegiate Day of Prayer. 4,706 colleges and universities in America. 21 million students.  1.5 million professors.

    One example. In the 1800s, evangelist D. L. Moody called on 300 moms to pray for college students who had been resistant to his message. M...   More

  • Handling an Objection: “Jesus is Just One of Several Messianic Figures in the First Century”

    Over the years, I have heard the objection that Jesus is just one many messianic figures in the first century. In this objection, it is assumed that there is nothing unique about Jesus. In other words, He is just another messianic figure that challenged the political powers of his day.

    Quite frankly, the statement, “Jesus is just one of several messianic figures in the first century” is not only patently false but also a gross oversimplification. Just because someone le...   More

  • The Jewish Background of the Incarnation in The Gospel of John

    In the introduction of his book called The Case For The Real Jesus, author and apologist Lee Strobel comments that a basic search for Jesus at Amazon.com will produce 175, 986 books on the most controversial figure in human history.1 Opinions about Jesus can range from him being a social revolutionary, an eschatological prophet, a social reformer, a source of a higher power, or even an enlightened being.2 For the Orthodox Christian, Jesus is God incarnate. For the unbelieving Jewish person,...   More

  • “If Nature Made You, What Made Nature?”

    Over the years, I have had my share of discussions about the God question with college students which include both atheists and skeptics 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.” When I press them further about the origins question, I mention the following from author Bruce Sheiman in his book An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity I...   More

  • Do You Have A Worldview?

    Do you have worldview? The term worldview was used in the sense described by prominent German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911). Dilthey affirmed that philosophy must be defined as a comprehensiveness vision of reality that involves the social and historical reality of humankind, including religion. A worldview is thus the nature and structure of the body of convictions of a group or individual. (1) Worldview includes a sense of meaning and value and principles of action. It is much m...   More

  • The Atheist and His Metal Detector

    By Frank Turek 

    I grew up on the Jersey shore. (No, it wasn’t like the TV show.) Every summer morning I’d see several men combing the beach with metal detectors looking for jewelry and change lost the day before. One lost diamond earring or ring could pay for the metal detector several times over.

    But as useful and successful as metal detectors are, they can’t be used to find everything. Metal detectors won’t help you find wood, plastic, rubber...   More

  • A Look At One Of The Earliest Record for The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7

    As historians evaluate the sources available for the resurrection of Jesus, a critical question is the dating of the sources. In relation to early testimony, historian David Hacket Fisher says, “An historian must not merely provide good relevant evidence but the best relevant evidence. And the best relevant evidence, all things being equal, is evidence which is most nearly immediate to the event itself.” (1) One key in examining the early sources for the life of Christ is to tak...   More

  • Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses?

    For the last several years I've done plenty of outreach on a major college campus. On a weekly basis, I must talk to at least four to five atheists. Of course, I also talk to plenty of agnostics. But over the years I have seen several patterns emerge. In other words, when I probe deeper and ask students why they are atheists or how they define their atheism, I see the same things. So here is what I continue to see:

    1. Students don’t know how to think about God   More

  • Hop on Board with Ratio Christi for the National Pray4America Bus Tour!

    In 2013, the National Day of Prayer Task Force expanded its mission with the launch of the Pray for America (P4A) Bus Tour to mobilize prayer among Americans.

    Mostly known for creating the once-per-year Day of Prayer in the month of May, the National Task Force’s P4A Bus Tour has led prayer groups in 43 states and 500 communities, impacting 130,000 people with 9,000 decisions for Christ. The 2015 theme...   More