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 see here. 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/apologist), 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
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)