How Can You Help Us?
To see Ratio Christi be a success at OSU, you can help in few ways:
1. If you want to donate towards the fees for top notch speakers and scholars, please email me (Eric Chabot: Director of the ministry) at email@example.com We have already had some very well-known speakers come (i.e., William Lane Craig, Frank Turek, etc), and the events have been well attended.
2. If you want to donate to the monthy expenses for our ministry here, it would go towards food for meetings, suppplies, etc. If interested, please email me (Eric).
3. If you want to support me in what I do (as a missionary), please go here: Your support is what allows me to have the time to be the director of such a wonderful ministry such as Ratio Christi. Any other questions, please email at the above address.
What other Apologists Are Saying About Ratio Christi
“Ratio Christi is unique among campus ministries because its focus is on a vibrant intellectual defense of Christianity. In an age where 75% of Christian kids leave the church in college, there could not be a more relevant and impactful mission to college students.” – Frank Turek, President CrossExamined.org, co-author “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
What is the Goal of Ratio Christi?
Ratio Christi (a Student Apologetics Alliance) seeks to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students at secular institutions across the country, while also sharing Christ’s message and love to those that have yet to receive it, through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. Ratio Christi believes that Christians have failed to address the pressing questions of worldview, science, philosophy, history, etc.
What is the goal of Ratio Christi? Our vision is to place apologetics clubs at all major universities. Situating Ratio Christi chapters at universities across the country is an important step in reversing the skepticism that permeates most educational institutions.. By equipping Christian students with answers, and/or the means of getting answers, to the questions that shape our worldview, we believe many students will not only hold onto a faith that they might otherwise abandon, but they will also begin to stand up for Christianity when it comes under fire in the classroom. The vision includes providing a safe and charitable venue for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and adherents to any religion to investigate the claims of Christianity, discuss religious beliefs, and seek truth without fearing reprisal. While this is a distinctly Christian organization, any student is able to become a member and learn, debate, and explore the connection of faith and reason.
If you are saying, but why another campus ministry? Why the need for apologetics? I suggest watching the clip on our website-here
Here is some additional reading:
Apologetics: Why Your Church Needs It!
What Students Are Saying:
“Ratio Christi has made my time here on a secular college campus so much more enjoyable. I have a much of a better grasp on my beliefs and values, why I believe them, and how to defend them, as I try and make a stand against the overwhelmingly opposing opinions in the classroom. Every meeting is like a breath of fresh air.” – Alexandra (UNCC)
“I came to Ohio State my freshman year as a Christian, hoping to share my belief with others. Within the first fortnight at the dorms I was challenged with questions and assertions which I had never heard before. They revolved around subjects I had never encountered before such as questions about morality, statements why the Pentateuch could not have been solely written by Moses, and why other books were not included in the New Testament.
It seemed that science and philosophy were against me and that anyone who was an intellectual was an atheist or agnostic. I continued to trust in God through all of this, hoping that He would provide some answers to me at some point. I tried to seek these answers from Christians and other ministries but to no avail. They simply responded with “just have faith.” Two and a half years went by and I found myself studying physics with a fellow student who was also a Christian. He kept telling me about the organization he belonged to and that I should come out to one of their meetings. Thinking it was just another typical blind faith Christian group, I procrastinated coming to their meetings. A few weeks went past and he was still asking me to come out. I finally decided to check out the Ratio Christi group. When I went to the meeting I was amazed by not only the subjects that were discussed, but by the students as well. To my surprise there were philosophy students present who were Christians. This was odd given that I was told anyone who was a known Christian in philosophy was at the center of ridicule by their peers for believing in God. The subjects discussed were of much greater intellectual weight than I had ever heard discussed at any Christian student organization, or even at Church. They discussed issues from morality, to evolution, ethics, the Big Bang, and many others.
There were also discussions similar to that of sermons I had heard many times before, on how the Bible can be applied to one’s life. I did not have time to attend any more than one organization at a time in my stay at college. Ratio Christi has greatly helped me to see the delusion that modern academia is under and answered my prayers to the questions I received as a freshman and still do on an almost daily basis. The only thing I can pray for now is that people can be more informed about apologetics and that Ratio Christi and other apologetics organizations can spread and flourish, especially in the college environment as well as in youth groups. People need to know that Christianity not only has faith, but that it has reason and logic as well”- Kyle Reid— physics graduate at OSU
” When I met the director of Ratio Christi, Eric Chabot, at Ohio State I knew it was a divine appointment. I had just been musing over Ravi Zacharias and his ministry of apologetics and the campus’s need for truth when I came upon Eric ChaboT. Throughout the past year at Ratio Christi I have grown in my faith by leaps and bounds. During the trial of faith as a new Christian there were many thorns, thistles, and fiery darts thrown at me from the culture, my own thoughts, and of course, skeptics. At Ratio Christi I found good, sound, biblical, and rational answers for some of the toughest questions that threatened my relationship with the Lord. Every week at the meetings it was easy to bring all of the doubts and skeptical questions asked by unbelievers as well as my own inquiries to the table and good, fruitful discussions took place and sound biblical answers were given.
Then it seemed like God would bring the same questions back to light in conversation, witness or thought soon afterwards to really iron out the logical processes in my mind. For example, one puzzling aspect of Christian morality came up in church: Is it okay to lie to save someone’s life? (i.e. Rahab at Jericho, the Underground Railroad, or hiding Jews during Nazi Germany) I was really puzzled about this question. Momentarily, Christianity’s absolute ethic was melting before my very eyes. Thankfully, I learned through Ratio Christi how to lay out a sound ethic based on the Bible which solved the issue. The subject has come up since and now I have a great answer for the question.
Ratio Christi also taught me how to share my faith more effectively. Before Ratio Christi I found it difficult to witness to others about Christ. Well, with Ratio Christi every week was an adventure on campus to witness to people. We saw God work and bless us with great conversations and even a few on-the-spot conversions.
God used Ratio Christi and the director, Eric Chabot, to forge me and help me walk the straight and narrow path that leads to life through the intensely skeptical, hedonistic, atheistic, naturalistic culture on campus. I can now confidently say that I am a better follower of Jesus, witness, and person because of Ratio Christi. I developed strong relationships with like-minded, as well as some not so like-minded believers that hopefully will last a life-time. I had heard and participated in deep, philosophical, bible-based discussions. I was privileged to see God work in people’s lives. My faith was strengthened. To top it off, I got to help host and watch a phenomenal, emotion-charged debate between top scholars Bart Ehrman and Mike Brown and a lecture given by the great intellect and apologist William Lane Craig. Ratio Christi was a gift from God and I will never forget the fond, fond memories I had with this great organization.”-Brian, Ohio State University
“Ratio Christi has provided an open atmosphere in which I can bring my questions about Christianity. It has given me logical answers to those questions and has equipped me with arguments about issues I face as a Christian student on a secular campus. It is rare to find a place where religion can be discussed objectively and beliefs are supported by concrete evidence. I am thankful to have found one and am continually learning how important apologetics is as a witness.”– Jennifer (UNCC)
I joined Ratio Christi not only to learn more about my faith and strengthen it, but to be involved in something greater on campus. I learn something new every meeting, thoroughly enjoy the discussions and am looking forward to involving more people who also have the same goal of expanding His kingdom. – Aimee (ASU)
Ratio Christi allows for an analytical look at topics commonly overlooked by other campus ministries. The knowledge I have gained through participation has helped me join spiritual and classroom knowledge. It has been an honor to be involved in growing this new ministry – Stephen (ASU)
I have gained a deeper understanding of the Bible–knowledge that I would not have gained in a weekly church meeting. – Kayla (UNCC)
PRESENTATION TOPICS/TALKS: Invite us to your group, church, or campus ministry- we want to serve you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Apologetics and Outreach: 95% of all professing Christians have never attempted to share their faith. Out of that 5%, only 2% share on a regular basis. Now Jesus said in John 14:15 “if you love me, you will keep my commandments”. The Great Commission in Mark16:15 tell us to “go into the world to preach the gospel to every creature.” Remember that Europe and Canada are post-Christian. Christians cannot afford to play it safe by not engaging the culture.
In his book Evangelism and the Early Church, author Michael Green notes that the early church advanced the gospel through the first four centuries because of three things: (1) The ability to engage in persuasive apologetics and outthink her opponents, (2) The transformed character and Biblical compassion of believers, (3) The manifest power of the kingdom of God.
Invite us to your campus/campus ministry/church and we will do this presentation:
Is Christianity True? I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
In the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist/Is Christianity True? seminar, we answer four major questions to establish why Christianity is the most reasonable worldview
1. Does Truth Exist?Christianity cannot be true, nor can any other worldview (including atheism), if truth is relative or just true for you but not for me. The seminar will show you why truth is absolute and knowable, and how you can logically refute anyone who claims it isn’t.
2. Does God Exist? There can be no Word of God unless God exists. You’ll see three powerful arguments for the existence of God — two scientific and one philosophical. Those arguments will be established without any reference to the Bible.
3. Are Miracles Possible? If miracles don’t happen as most university professors believe, then Christianity is nonsense. The seminar will show you that not only are miracles possible, but the greatest miracle of all has already occurred and we have scientific evidence for it.
4. Is The New Testament True? Unless truth exists, God exists, and miracles are possible, the New Testament doesn’t have a prayer. But after establishing those points, you’ll see the Top Five Reasons to believe the New Testament is historically accurate — Jesus really did die and rise from the dead for the sins of the world. From the accuracy of the New Testament, the accuracy of the Old Testament can be established as well.
For a college audience, the seminar is divided into two, two-hour parts. In part 1, we cover Does Truth Exist?,Does God Exist? and then answer student questions. In part 2, we review the first two questions and then cover Are Miracles Possible?, Is The New Testament True? We also answer student questions. For a church audience, the entire seminar can be done in one day.
The New Atheism: Atheists are becoming more vocal about offering a viable alterative to Christian theism and faith in general. Books such as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Sam Harris’ The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Christopher Hitchens’ How Religion Poisons Everything, and Daniel Dennetts’ Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon are stirring the debate between atheism and theism. Some of these books by atheists have been best sellers. It should be no surprise that The God Delusion has sold over one million copies. We will discuss the issues with this atheistic movement and why it is appealing to so many college students.
Is Jesus the only way of salvation? Sermon or Power Point:
Pluralism is the belief that every religion is true. Each provides a genuine encounter with the Ultimate, and while others may be better than others, all are adequate How can Biblical Christians make an exclusive truth claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation for mankind? Through the use of logic and critical thinking, apologetics can help answer the differences between world religions.
God and the University: 3 out of 4 Christian teens walk away from the church after they leave home. Why is this happening? What can be done about it? I will share some testimonies of my evangelism and outreach efforts on the Ohio State campus, which is now the largest campus in the United States. We will discuss some ways that parents and pastors can equip themselves to handle this problem.
The Resurrection of the Jesus: What does Judaism teach about the resurrection? How did belief in the resurrection fit in with early Messianic belief about resurrection? We will see how and why the resurrection was part of the disciple’s belief that Jesus was the Messiah. What does it mean to live out the resurrected life?
Who is Ratio Christi?
Eric Chabot: Director Ratio Christi-read more about Eric here:
Other members of Ratio Christi
President: Michael Shenigo-Rudy
Treasurer: Jon Schuler
Advisor: Dr. Sam Meier: Associate professor of Hebrew (in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and history at Ohio State. Professor Meier received his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1987) in Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures. He began teaching at the Ohio State University in 1986, and is the author of The Messenger in the Ancient Semitic World (1988), Speaking of Speaking: Marking Direct Discourse in Biblical Hebrew (1992), and Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy (2009). He also serves as adjunct professor of History, where he teaches both the History of ancient Israel and History of the Second Commonwealth. Dr. Meier is the Coordinator of the Hebrew Program at The Ohio State University. Among honors that he has received, he has been a guest at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio (Italy), has been the Edwards Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion, and has received the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring. He is presently engaged in research in the Deuteronomistic History and prophecy in ancient Israel.