Promoting Symbiotic Apologetics
by Melissa Travis (Hard-Core Christianity)
Last week I had the privilege of speaking to the Texas A&M University Ratio Christi chapter. It was my first time addressing students on a university campus, and it was a fantastic experience. There was a great turnout for the meeting, despite the fact that finals are quickly approaching. I presented on the proper relationship of science and Christianity, and used the theological and scientific case for a literal Adam as my model.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the questions the students asked at the conclusion of my talk. They showed genuine interest, and even better, they expressed to me how the material applied to their studies and prospective careers. For instance, there was a pastor as well as a student of paleoanthropology in attendance, and both were acutely interested in the material as it applied to their respective stations. As for me, I was blessed by the opportunity to share knowledge in my area of study and gain experience communicating with a college-age audience.
It has occurred to me that one of the unique things about Ratio Christi is that it provides this excellent framework for a symbiosis (forgive my science jargon) between budding apologists wishing to hone their skills and a demographic that desires–and desperately needs–apologetics education. Ratio Christi is a ground-breaking ministry that is already accomplishing remarkable things on university campuses, but I believe there is latent potential out there. We have emerging apologists around the globe eager to share their gifts and we have college students working to educate themselves and impact their university campuses with the defensible truth of Christianity. Just imagine the synergy waiting to happen!
If you are a director or student involved with Ratio Christi, I encourage you to inquire about apologists in your area. One way to do this is to contact universities with graduate programs in apologetics and request to be connected with a student or alumnus local to you. Biola University, where I am finishing up my M.A. in Science and Religion, is an excellent resource in this regard. Their Apologetics and Science and Religion programs are modular–which means the students live all over the world. I can tell you from personal experience that many of these graduate students and alumni would love to support a local Ratio Christi chapter by serving as a guest speaker from time to time. It is my hope and prayer that chapters will seek out these mutually-beneficial relationships. It’s a win-win situation!
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