How Does Ratio Christi Fit into the Apologetics Movement?
by Rick Schenker
Ratio Christi is a different type of ministry. Many current ministries in apologetics and worldview fit into one broad category. They are ministries that provide speakers, books, CD’s, DVD’s, curriculum, blogs, training, and tons of materials and conversations in worldview or apologetics. For the sake of an analogy let’s call them “wholesalers.” They provide large volumes of Christ centered and crucial content. Ratio Christi appreciates and is seeking to build partnerships with each of these ministries. We thank God for the vision and foundational work of people like Norm Geisler, Alvin Plantinga, David Noebel, Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Gary Habermas, and so many others that provided Christian worldview and apologetics necessary scholarship and the roots of a popular movement. Because of these visionaries, there are hundreds of graduates with Master’s degrees in apologetics. The big problem is that these trained apologists have very little hope of finding work in Christian ministry. Many of these graduates have been wondering why God would call them to do all this work with very little hope of getting a position in full-time Christian ministry.
Yet, for many and biblical reasons the popularity of apologetics continues to grow. This is evident in the Christian publishing industry. Many of today’s top selling books deal with worldview/apologetics topics and it is a fast growing category for publishers. But the questions still persist; how do we get this movement to the grassroots? How do we get “boots on the ground?” How do we make this a movement that brings good solid apologetics training into the local church?
Ratio Christi seeks to provide an answer…
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Greg’s Note: I am starting a Ratio Christi chapter at Missouri Sate University. If you are a student at MSU and are interested in joining us, please contact me via e-mail (gsw1965 at yahoo dot com) of Facebook. If you know a Christian student at MSU please pass this along.