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Ratio Christi Announces Symposium for Cultural Engagement: 'Moving Forward in a Backward World'

Contact: Sheryl Young,

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., Sept. 7, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ratio Christi announces its Sixth Annual Apologetics Symposium and Student Retreat to take place Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Theme: "Cultural Engagement: Moving Forward in a Backward World."

    Keynote Banquet Speaker: Everett Piper, Ph.D., President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

    Topic: "This is Not a Day Care: Answering the Absurdity"

    Plenary Speaker: Carol Swain, Ph.D., Professor, Vanderbilt University.

The Symposium and Student Retreat, in conjunction with Southern Evangelical Seminary's National Conference on Apologetics, will encompass these topics and more: Cultural Engagement, Race Relations, Free Speech in Academia, and Overreach of Government into Religious Freedom.

Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance has over 170 chapters at colleges and universities in the U.S and abroad. The mission is to equip students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. These chapters provide a friendly venue for atheists, skeptics, and adherents to any religion to investigate the claims of Christianity, discuss religious beliefs, and seek truth without fearing reprisal.

In the past two years, Ratio Christi has also started two new initiatives, already rapidly expanding: RC College Prep for high school students, now with 30 clubs, and RC Prof, a ministry to professors.

Dr. Piper is most recently known for exposing universities that allow a "victim mentality" which empowers students to shut down opinions that differ from their own.

Dr. Swain is an African American conservative professor of political science and law. She is vocal in contesting academic discrimination against professors with biblical worldviews and passionate about empowering others to have a public voice.

Ratio Christi President and CEO Corey Miller:

    "The American church is rapidly moving into an age of exile. The increased Christianophobia requires a communicative rhetoric that is both culturally sensitive and spiritually bold if we wish to not only survive but also to flourish. We need to be smart in how we engage our culture with the truth of Christ."

This event is open to the public. Registration includes the options of attending SES Conference events, Ratio Christi Symposium, RC Student Retreat (for high school and college students), and the Benefit Banquet. Those interested in registering can visit the Ratio Christi website event page.

Media Representatives can obtain press passes to cover the Symposium and arrange interviews with Drs. Miller, Piper, and Swain before or during the conference by contacting Sheryl Young, Media Outreach Coordinator, sherylyoung@ratiochristi.org or (813) 486-8594.