A Christian Mind, A Rational Faith

A CHRISTIAN MIND

The mission of University Ministries is to inspire and nurture a thoughtful pursuit of Christ. Integral to this is the formation of a Christian mind: thinking that is grounded in the Scriptures, informed by good theology, shaped by a Christian vision of the world, and adventurous in exploring terrain to bring under the Lordship of Christ. We do this by providing resources and learning opportunities, leading discussions, and guiding conversations with students and professors.

A RATIONAL FAITH

British theologian and philosopher, Austin Farrer, wrote:

It is commonly said that if rational argument is so seldom the cause of conviction, philosophical apologists must largely be wasting their shot. The premise is true, but the conclusion does not follow. For though argument does not create conviction, the lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.

University professors often portray Christian beliefs as utterly untenable for a rational person, and many students uncritically accept that professorial view. It becomes an unquestioned cultural consensus in the university community, and one that undermines and destroys the faith of many.

Our focus is not on developing proofs or providing answers to skeptics that are beyond dispute, but on demonstrating by evidence and arguments that rational people (including first-rate scholars and thinkers) can embrace Christian beliefs, and on inspiring and nurturing a confident faith in an intellectually challenging environment.

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