The Ratio Christi Club Empowers Christian Students at Rutgers
By Jacob Miller
Rutgers is a public university, and therefore cannot establish an official religion. For that reason, it is easy to lose sight of the school’s original Christian roots. As a reaction against this theological vacuum, many have voiced the desire to to bring Christianity back into college life.
Now, there is a organization devoted to just that.
It’s called "Ratio Christi" (Latin for “The Reason of Christ”). Their chapter at Rutgers is one among more than a hundred worldwide.
As their main website describes, they are not backing down on their goals:
We want to re-establish a strong and reasoned presence of Christian thinking in academia. Our goal is to place apologetics clubs at all major universities.
Ratio Christi wants students to be “Fully Equipped and Fully Engaged.” We want to help students hold onto their faith and to also begin to stand up for Christianity when it comes under fire on campus. We desire to train students to be conversational evangelists who will in turn train others to defend and proclaim the Gospel.
Julie Miller founded the Ratio Christi Rutgers Chapter in the fall of 2011, and she remains a chapter director to this day. They meet every Tuesday at 12:00 PM and every Thursday at 8:00 PM in the College Avenue Student Center (in the Atrium Conference Room or Room 413, respectively). Individual meeting topics have included a wide variety of hot-button issues, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Slavery to Free Will.
“The primary purpose of the club is to engage in discussion on the big questions of life in a constructive manner.” said Vas Avramidis, who was a regular speaker for the club until officially joining Miller as a chapter director two years ago. “We want to create a space for open dialogue.”
Avramidis is excited about the club’s future prospects. For example, this upcoming March, Dr. Joseph Fornieri, a world renowned scholar on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, is coming to speak about the historical significance of Christianity.
Hannah Fitzgerald, a Rutgers student studying industrial engineering (Class of 2019), is grateful for having joined: “What is an education if you don't know why you believe what you believe about your own existence? My studies at Ratio Christi over the past three years have given me an entirely new perspective on the Bible and the truth about God.”
As long as Ratio Christi continues to inspire Christian students, and foster dialogue with students of all different religious persuasions (or lack of religious persuasions), Christianity may begin to — once again — rear its head at Rutgers and at colleges around the world.
If you want to learn more about Ratio Christi or get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ratiochristi.org.