A young Christian I know who’s an undergraduate student posted on Facebook recently about a humanities class he’s taking. He said that, so far in the semester, he’s “learned” the following: Jesus never claimed to be God in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), Christianity borrowed ideas from earlier pagan myths, and the church arbitrarily picked which books to include in the Bible according to its own biases.
He noted, “The reactions of other students are of shock and disbelief. Yesterday the professor asked a student how these facts made her feel. She said she was mad and couldn’t wait to go yell at her pastor and parents. The professor egged her on. It was like watching a commander rally up his troops to tear down his enemy.”
The girl in the class was presumably ready to throw out years of Christian upbringing after a couple of months in a single college class. All because she heard some standard claims against Christianity for the first time… — Natasha Crain (from, If Your Kids Are Someday Shocked by the Claims of Skeptics, You Didn’t Do Your Job)
I don’t normally include a personal commentary with my daily quotes post, but with today being the last day of 2015, I’m using the quote above and the two below to help me make one final appeal for the year for your financial support of Ratio Christi and The Poached Egg. In the quote above, our friend Natasha Crain hit the nail on the head. The secular university is currently the most hostile environment to Christianity in the U.S. The scenario above is being repeated day after day—and it’s not just the secular universities where we’re needed—I’ve heard and read story after story of how young people are leaving their faith even while attending Christian colleges and seminary. Ratio Christi is not only making inroads at the college level, we are also moving into high schools and churches—training not just students, but parents, pastors, and teachers as well. Will you stand with us prayerfully and financially to help us maintain and expend this vital ministry in 2016? In recent weeks we have received a number of one time year end gifts but we are far below what we need in monthly support. Your one-time year end gift is still much needed and appreciated, but will you please prayerfully consider becoming a monthly financial supporter of Ratio Christi and The Poached Egg? You can start your monthly gift online right now at this link here. Thank you and may you all have a blessed 2016!
— Greg West, Founder and editor of The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Almost 30 years ago, Charles Malik, in dedicating the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, remarked: "Save the university and you save Western civilization and therewith the world.... Wake up, my friends, wake up: the great universities control the mind of the world. Therefore how can evangelism consider its task accomplished if it leaves the university unevangelized? And how can evangelism evangelize the university if it cannot speak to the university." Apologetics, the reasoned defense of the Christian faith, is the key to evangelizing the university. I commend Ratio Christi for taking seriously Malik's call to reclaim the university for Christ.— William Dembski, author of The Design Inference (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
I’m one of their biggest fans… I thank God for Ratio Christi because they have that enthusiasm, they have that intellectual know-how and the knowledge to pass on the why’s of our faith to students. I believe they are doing something that is not really being done in the universities right now by anyone else and I want to be behind it! — Josh McDowell