What is Ratio Christi?
Ratio Christi (Latin for “The Reason of Christ”) is a Christian organization encouraging and strengthening the faith of students at Texas A&M through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics.
What is ‘apologetics’?
Apologetics is a branch in Christian theology that aims to provide a rational basis for believing in Christianity and defending its truth claims against detractors. This includes things such as giving reasons to believe in the existence of God and demonstrating the coherence of theism.
Is RC trying to steal your members?
No! We think that other groups are vital for the spiritual nourishment of Christian students. We would like to serve as a supplement for the apologetics component of the Christian discipleship. You can read more about our non-competition policy here.
What, exactly, does RC want to do?
Broadly speaking, Ratio Christi seeks to help other Christian groups by promoting the awareness and practice of apologetics among Christian students.
Apologetics covers an immense range of topics. Such as…
- Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
- Interaction between science and faith
- Reliability of the Bible
- Historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
- Christian Doctrine (e.g. Trinity, Incarnation, Atonement, etc)
Because this is such a broad field, we let you decide which topic you think will be most beneficial for your group to cover. Some of the specific points we’ve covered in our meetings are
- The Moral Argument for the Existence of God
- The Kalam (or First Cause) Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God
- The Teleological (or Design) Argument for the Existence of God
- The Leibnizian (or Contingency) Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God
- The Problem of Evil (i.e. “if God exists, why is there evil in the world?”)
- The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalistic Atheism
- The Existence and Implications of Freewill
- The Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus
- The Foundational Beliefs of Christianity
- The Doctrine of the Trinity
- Tolerance and the Exclusivity of Christ
- Christian Ethics
- Christian Perspectives on the Theory of Evolution
- Christian Perspectives on the Age of the Universe
We have also covered how to effectively communicate apologetics in conversation and addressed topics such as
- Apologetics in Literature and Christianity in Culture
- Apologetics in Literature: Hawthorne, Dark Romanticism, and the Nature of Evil
- What makes for a good argument?
- Logic, Debate, and Reasoning: Clear Thinking Christianity
How does RC want to do this?
There are multiple ways that RC can go about promoting apologetics in your group. Examples would include things such as…
Apologetics Library: We have a wide variety of apologetics realate resources at our disposal. If you have a topic in mind that you would like to present to your own group, but, do not have access to a sufficient amount of material, we would be able to acquire all the information you need. We have a growing library of online resources which includes original outlines from our own meetings as well as links to other online apologetic ministries. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can email us and one of our members should be able to help you out.
Coordinate a Lesson: If you would like to present an apologetic oreiented lesson to your group but are unsure of how to put it together, our leaders can work with you to construct (and even help present) such a lesson to your group. We would be able to accomodate the format or structure that is unique to your group.
Host a Meeting: In RC, we have our own style of doing things. Beforehand, one of our leaders will select the topic for the evening, research it, and put together a short handout. Then, we set up a type of forum where the topic is presented for about a third of the time and open discussion takes up the remainder of the time. We then conclude with a brief summary that ties together the loose threads of the discussion and then pray to dismiss.
If this is something you would like to do with your group, we would be able to send some of our leaders to host an RC style forum during your meeting time with your members. The topic of discussion can be completely up to you!
Offer an Invitation: If you think that some of your members may be interested in what RC does, but, you do not have the time to dedicate a full meeting to apologetics, we would be able to send one of our leaders to give a brief presentation on apologetics and answer any questions your members might have. We would then provide our contact information for anyone whose interested to contact us in their free time.
Visit an RC Meeting: We have our own meetings every Thursday at 8:30pm in MSC 2405. If one of our topics (listed here) piques your interest, feel free to come!
Create Your Own: If you have an idea that you think will maximize our resources for your group but is not listed here, be sure to contact us and we’ll do our best to work with you!