guest blog by Clay Jones*
Many Christian parents are concerned that their kids may graduate from college no longer believing that Christianity is true. After all, the secular campus confronts them with questions about supposedly suppressed gospels, James Cameron supposedly finding the lost tomb of Jesus, the Zeitgeist movie madness, and erudite sounding “science” which proclaims that all the complexity we find in the universe arose by luck.
Sadly, even many “Christian” colleges have professors who undermine the reliability of Scripture. These can be harder on Christian students’ faith because they expect secular campus profs to revile every aspect of Christian truth, but not a professor who self-identifies as being a Christian but then tells them that Christianity is only “our construction of reality” or that Adam and Noah are no more than “poetic devices.” (Thus, to borrow from that wise sage Mr. Miyagi: “Either Christian school do yes, or Christian school do no, but no Christian school maybe.”)
This should concern Christian parents! After all, Christians cannot love the Lord with all their minds while suppressing fears that Christianity cannot answer the hard questions. That is why I believe apologetics is essential to a robust faith.
Many wonderful Christian organizations on college campuses occasionally include apologetics into their ministries, but I believe students need a campus ministry that can work in concert with these ministries to answer the hard questions. That’s why it’s vital that there be university Christian groups unambiguously dedicated to defending Christian truth. The new campus ministry, Ratio Christi, is exactly what’s needed (and that is why I was honored to join its board).
Ratio Christi (which means “reason of Christ” or the “rationality of Christ”–for pronunciation, click here) is an apologetics alliance whose mission is to equip university students to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for Christianity’s truth. Though barely four years old, it already has 75 chapters on university campuses such as Ohio State, Texas A&M, Rutgers, Kent State, and UC Berkley.
Students on secular and Christian campuses need knowledgeable apologists to sort out the mishmash and helter-skelter notions that can befuddle sleepy-headed sophomores! That’s why Ratio Christi seeks those who have an MA in Christian apologetics to lead these chapters.
This has opened the door for some of our Biola MA apologetics graduates to be apologetics missionaries to university campuses all over the United States, and several of our graduates are leading campus chapters.
So, if you sense the call to fulltime Christian apologetics and have a heart for God and for university students, perhaps you should pray and even fast about being a Ratio Christi campus minister? If you don’t feel the call to be a campus apologist yourself, perhaps you should pray about financially supporting the ministry or supporting one of its campus ministers. You’ll be richly rewarded.
Matthew 10:42: “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
*ClayJones.net is the personal blog of Clay Jones, D.Min. Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University.
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