Statement of Faith

Ratio Christi’s (RC) faith statement affirms those areas of doctrinal agreement widely considered to be the historic Christian faith. There are additional components of our faith statement that are important to Christian apologetics. Freedom of conviction is allowed on other doctrinal matters, provided that no such interpretation hinders our ministry. Christians who dissent from a significant portion of our faith statement, as well as those of no or alternative religious faith, may participate in non-leadership capacities. A university faculty or university staff member may serve as an advisor or assistant to a RC chapter if the RC chapter directors determine that they affirm virtually all of our faith statement and would be a good fit for RC. Student officers are to be selected and approved in the same manner. RC chapter directors and all other RC leadership beyond the independent agents specified above must affirm the entire RC faith statement. If there is disagreement on certain nuances, then such should be addressed on a case-by-case basis at hiring and through duration of service with RC. Appropriate fit with the organization will ultimately be determined by the national director or board of directors. The various levels of faith statement affirmation specified above must also come with attitudes and actions consistent with those doctrinal affirmations. Discussion of doctrinal differences is encouraged within RC chapters to facilitate understanding Christian diversity. However, clubs will focus on defending basic (mere) Christianity as needed for gospel proclamation.


(1) “In all their very words” means the same as “verbal plenary.” That is, the inspiration is in the specific words and for the full extent of the text (as originally written). “Verbal” does not mean God audibly spoke each word to the human author.

(2) For details on biblical inerrancy see the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. We recognize that this doctrine is not necessary either for salvation or for use in many approaches to apologetics. Rather, it is the final result of the apologetics enterprise in recognizing Jesus as God and His view of the complete accuracy of the Bible. Biblical inerrancy was assumed by the early Christian creeds, and for a good reason, because it is necessary as a foundation for all other Christian doctrine.

(3) We do not require a position on the age of the universe. Genesis is to be interpreted in an accurate historical-grammatical-literary manner, but the time frames and sequence of origins are still debatable. We do not affirm theistic evolution (TE) as the best explanation of origins, yet acknowledge some Christians hold this position. We welcome TE advocates to take on non-leadership roles within RC. This facilitates dialog and partnership with TE adherents while acknowledging our differences. For more detail on TE go here (forthcoming webpage).

(4) Here is RC’s human sexuality statement.