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Reitze Rodseth

Chapter Director | University of Kwazulu-Natal

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Reitze Rodseth is an anaesthesiologist and critical care specialist working as the Head of Anaesthetic Clinical Services at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is affiliated to the Perioperative Research Group of the Department of Anaesthetics and Critical Care at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he is an Associate Professor. He has been serving as the chapter director of RC at UKZN since 2017. He completed a research fellowship in perioperative medicine and obtained a Masters in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University, Canada. His clinical research interest lies in perioperative risk stratification and he has completed a PhD on the role of B-type natriuretic peptides in predicting postoperative complications. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and was awarded the 2016 UKZN Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award. He is currently busy with a masters in Christian Apologetics from South Evangelical Seminary.

Testimony

My name is Reitze Rodseth. I am an anaesthesiologist and critical care specialist living in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I am a Christian, having accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour in 1993, and I have been involved in our local church and in leading a bible study. As a clinical researcher who has gone through extensive medical and research training I have always been aware of how evolutionary theory is at conflict with my Christian beliefs. However, I dealt with this by ignoring it, or superficially addressing the conflicts. In 2011 I was fortunate to win a scholarship for a two year research fellowship at the Population Health Research Institute in McMaster, Canada. It was here that I was exposed to a work environment infused with an aggressive naturalistic philosophy and had to engage with a broad group of prominent international clinical researchers who had whole heartedly adopted an aggressive atheist agenda. This forced me to seriously examine the basis of my faith and to equip myself to engage in a meaningful manner with those around me. I subsequently embarked on an odyssey of apologetic reading and research; attended Engaging Culture Courses presented by RZIM in Canada; completed a course on Darwinism & Intelligent Design presented by Trinity College of Florida; and have completed the Stand to Reason Ambassador Curriculum. After having tested the coherence of the Christian worldview and reliability of its claims I found myself deeply encouraged and my faith incredibly strengthened. I was brought up in a Christian home, knew the bible, and had a sound understanding of Christian doctrine – but I had serious doubts and concerns about the validity of my faith that were not addressed and that I ignored. It is my conviction that there must be hundreds of Christians, and in particular young Christians about to leave home to go to university, who share similar doubts. My passion is to show fellow Christians that our belief is credible and objectively valid, and to equip them to reach out to others within our culture.

Education

Southern Evangelical Seminary, Pursuing MA in Christian Apologetics, 2016 – current.

University of KwaZulu-Natal, PhD Anaesthetics, 2011 – 2013.

McMaster University, MSc Health Research Methodology, 2011 – 2013.

South African College of Medicine, Critical Care Subspecialist, 2009-2011.

University of KwaZulu-Natal, Masters in Anaesthetics, 2008-2010.

South AFrican College of Medicine, Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists, 2006 – 2010.

University of Pretoria, MBChB, 1995 – 2000.