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  • Student Testimony - Apologetics as an Aid to Faith's Renewal

    Testimonial – Joshua Johnstone, University of North Carolina, Greensboro 

     

     

    I started going to the weekly meetings on Monday nights. Here was a group of intelligent, respectful people who fully and completely believed in the Word. The difficult questions long-seeded in my mind were addressed, one after another, in ways to which I simply could not find a rational counter-argument...

    My name is Joshua John...   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

  • 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

  • A Match Made in Heaven? How the National Day of Reason Actually Points to God's Existence

    Reason. According to Merriam-Webster, it is “the power of the mind to think and understand in a logical way.”1 This intellectual power is often championed by atheistic thinkers and spurned by many who consider themselves to be religious or spiritual (including many Christians unfortunately). The atheistic community often characterizes itself as the bastion of reason. Today’s National Day of Reason, led by the American Humanist Association and th...   More

  • Faith: Superstition or Substance?

    I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan. While I don’t own a bullwhip, I do have an Indy style fedora hanging on the lamp stand in my office. I don’t advocate many of his moral choices, but he has great adventures that make for fun movies. My favorite is the third installment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.1 The film chronicles the tale of Indy and his father, played by Sean Connery, searching for the mythical holy grail while being pestered...   More

  • True Freedom

    We recently celebrated our nation’s 238th birthday with great pomp and circumstance, fireworks, hotdogs, and parades. With all the problems we have in this nation, I still believe we are one of the greatest nations in the world, and it is good for us to celebrate the freedom God has allowed us to enjoy. As Americans, we cherish our freedom. We sing “let freedom ring,” and we fight for the freedom of others.

    Strangely, in the midst of celebrating and valuing our fr...   More

  • Eternal Matter(s) Revisited: Still the Impossible God of Mormonism

    In our last post we began an examination of the philosophical impossibility of the Latter-Day Saint (a.k.a. Mormon) view of God and how such a view is actually quite similar to, and suffers from the same problems as, the view of an eternally/necessarily existing universe/multiverse held by the likes of atheist Richard Carrier. Recall that Latter-Day Saint founder Joseph Smi...   More

  • Eternal Matter(s): The Impossible God of Mormonism

    As a follow up to our chapter's cross-examination of the doctrines and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons), I wanted to delve a little deeper into the philosophical problems with their conception of God. For proper context, please note that Latter-Day Saints believe in continued special revelation, and their leadership, whether it be their president or their apostles, speak authoritatively.   More

  • Revenge of Objectivity: Preunderstanding, Presuppositions, and First Principles (Part 1)

    The following is a paper I delivered at the 2013 International Society of Christian Apologetics conference. Please note that the paper is a critique of the claims that objective knowledge of the biblical text is impossible. Please do not be confused, due to the multi part nature of the posts, and think that I agree with the notion of the sociology of knowledge or that objective understanding is impossible. The critique will come in due time.   More

  • Book Review

    Book Review:  A Reasonable Response

    A Reasonable Response by William Lane Craig and Joseph Gorra, is a compilation of Dr. Craig’s most insightful and instructive Q&A exchanges.  The book is meant to be a  “celebration and an example of the practice and ministry of answering questions.” [1] The questions are organized in six broad categories: (a) Knowing and Believing What Is Real, (b) God, (c) Origins and the M...   More

  • The Jesus Myth? A Response to Richard Carrier (Part 5)

    My apologies for the long delay in completing the series. Much has happened since my last post that is not pertinent to the topic at hand. This final part will be short and sweet. By way of review, we have examined Dr. Richard Carrier's claims that Christianity evolved from polytheism (PART 1), of similarities between Christianity and other pagan beliefs   More

  • Militant Atheists and the 'Other' Holocausts

    Where Are the New Atheists Leading Us?

    By Rick Schenker, President of Ratio Christi

    In a letter that General Dwight Eisenhower wrote to General George Marshall on April 15, 1945, he described some of the horrors he saw in Nazi Germany’s Holocaust. He indicated that it was necessary to preserve the evidence so that, “if ever, in the future, there develops the tendency to charge these allegation...   More