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Ratio Christi at Rutgers Introduction

What is Ratio Christi?

julie miller

on 8 September 2014

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student Christian apologetics group
Ratio Christi is Latin for the "reason of Christ"
The Christian claim is that God/Christ is the source of reason and logic. So,there should be reasons and evidence to investigate that warrant belief.
Apologetics means to make a case or give a rational defense for what you believe.
BTW, everyone should be an apologist.
You should be able to give reasons for your beliefs.
Big Questions to Investigate
At Ratio Christi, we investigate Christian truth claims by evaluating evidence from philosophy, physics, cosmology, biology, logic and theology and make conclusions about whether there are good reasons to warrant Christian belief.
Do you know what you're talking about?
"You have some 'splainin' to do!"
Taylor Mali challenges us to speak with conviction.
How to speak with Conviction
At Ratio Christi meetings, we LOVE robust civil discourse that challenges our thinking, so don't be surprised if someone says:
Tell me what you mean by that?
How did you come to that conclusion?
Why do you believe that?
What is ultimate reality?
What is the nature of the universe?
What does it mean to be human?
What is the human condition?
What is the solution to the human condition?
How do we know things?
How do we determine right and wrong?
Are miracles possible?
Is there an afterlife?
Who is Jesus?
When someone questions you about your beliefs, how do you respond?
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." Mark Twain
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." Richard Dawkins
"Now faith...is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. " CS Lewis
Screwtape to Wormwood
By the very act of arguing you awake the patient's reason, and once it is awake, who can foresee the result? Even if a particular train of thought can be twisted so as to end in our favor, you will find that you have strengthened in your patient, the fatal habit of attending to universal issues, and withdrawing his consciousness, his attention, from the stream of immediate experience. Your business is to fix his attention on that stream. Teach him to call it "real life," and don't let him ask what he means by "real."
"Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence… It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.” John Lennox
How do you view the relationship between faith and reason?
Is blind faith biblical?
Is Jesus a proponent of evidential faith?
Do you think Christianity is irrational?
John Lennox on Faith, Evidence, Reason, and Revelation
September - Vas Avramidisv

October - Paul Rezkalla

November - Debate Viewing/Discussion
(need recommendations)

February - William Lane Craig

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