INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., Jan. 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — In a live streaming event during the 2016 Purdue University Symposium, a historic Old Testament scroll will be displayed for the first time, and a portion of the Hebrew text will be read. The scroll, measuring about ninety-two feet long, was a gift donated to Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance for the purpose of illustrating the reliability of these writings of antiquity.
The Symposium theme this year is “The Book that Changed the World.” It will take place February 5-7, 2016 at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. The live streaming event will be Friday evening, February 5, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm Eastern Time at the Elliott Hall of Music and is open to the public.
Ratio Christi is an international campus ministry which exists to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students and faculty through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. With these sources of evidence for biblical truth, Ratio Christi students and leaders also share Christ’s message and love with those who have yet to receive it.
Dr. Corey Miller is President and CEO of Ratio Christi and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. Miller states:
“Ratio Christi will be utilizing the scroll in artifact apologetics presentations across the country at various RC events. The Purdue Symposium involves dozens of campus ministries and churches, and this evening will be streamed into more than 150 campus chapters of Ratio Christi.”
The Friday night live stream will also include keynote speaker and Evangelical Theological Society President, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, “How Badly Has the Bible Been Corrupted?” Additionally, there will be testimonies from seven Purdue “Christian Professors Who are Confessors” and Melissa Slusher, the mother of the late Jordan Slusher, a Ratio Christi student for whom the outstanding student recognition “Legatus Christi” (Ambassador of Christ) was posthumously named.
More details about the Purdue Symposium can be found at the Ratio Christi website.
ERIE, Penn., Dec. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Ratio Christi chapter at San Jose State University received a letter from the university stating that the club has been “de-recognized.” In the letter, school officials explained their actions to be in compliance with a new California State University Executive Order regarding how an organization selects its officers.
Ratio Christi, like many other campus Christian organizations, requires that chapter officers adhere to the Christian faith and biblical beliefs. This means that non-Christians, or Christians who do not feel it is necessary to follow New Testament principles as a guide for their daily lives, are not eligible for officer positions in the group. The State of California now deems this as “discriminatory” and punishable by de-recognition.
“Colleges and universities should be encouraging student leadership, not stifling it,” said Ratio Christi President Rick Schenker. “All college students, including religious students, should have the right to form groups around shared beliefs and choose leaders who reflect those beliefs without being shut down and kicked off campus. Imagine the College Democrats being required to have a Republican student leader, or the local chapter of PETA being required to have a meat-eating leader. The results of the Cal State policy are simply ridiculous.”
In their letter to the SJSU Ratio Christi chapter, school officials explained the consequences of being “de-recognized,” a list that ranged from not being eligible for student funding and financial services to not being allowed to participate in student organization fairs, ceremonies, or training.
Ratio Christi welcomes and invites all students to attend campus meetings. Atheists have attended the meetings. However, as a Christian student-led group, there are certain criteria for obtaining and maintaining leadership positions within the chapters, namely a faith in Jesus Christ and a lifestyle that is consistent with biblical principles. In order to be reinstated, Ratio Christi would have to give up their freedom to choose their own student leaders in accordance with these beliefs.
“Anyone is free to join the Ratio Christi chapter at San Jose State University, and these students should be able to independently choose leaders that embody the purpose of the club, not the ideology of a few college officials,” Schenker said. “The message the school officials are sending is a deeply disturbing one, and paints a grim outlook for the future of true education in this country.”
Ratio Christi is currently consulting legal counsel regarding this matter.
Ratio Christi Website: ratiochristi.org