Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a Global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Bringing together faith and reason to establish the intellectual voice of Christ in the University, Ratio Christi is planting student and faculty led apologetics clubs at universities around the world.
Students, engaged in the battle for the mind, learn to defend God's existence, the reliability of the Bible, and the fact of Christ’s resurrection. This organization seeks a Renaissance of Christian thinking in the University and they invite you to join them on the “Defending The Christian Faith at Sea Cruise”. This cruise is not limited to students at the university level. Singles, families, couples…all are welcome to learn and enjoy the food, fellowship and fun which can be found on this vacation adventure that awaits us next December. Please mark your calendars and be prepared to experience the “wow” found on Royal Caribbean’s ship, Freedom of the Seas. This ship, which departs from Ft. Lauderdale on December 17th, and returns on December 23rd will visit the Western Caribbean ports including Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya.
Joining Ratio Christi will be three of the most accomplished Christian apologists, speakers and authors including Dr. William Lane Craig, Dr. Michael Licona, and Dr. Richard Howe. For those of you who want to glean from these strong apologists, you will have plenty of opportunities to do so during the multiple sessions offered while the ship is at sea. When we get to the ports, however, we encourage you to rest, relax and enjoy the beaches, shopping, sights and more. In addition to the teachings, students and those who are “more mature” are invited to participate in the RC Basketball Tournament.
Parents, feel free to bring your kids (reduced rates for kids in triple or quad occupancy rooms). Students and singles, roommate matching is available upon request (one person booked in each room must be at least 21 years old).
To say this cruise is an opportunity of a lifetime, really is not an exaggeration. Come see for yourself what a blessing this will be for all! Register now for the best rates and the option to take advantage of the easy payment plan.
Dr. William Lane Craig
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.
At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ.
Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984).
From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.
He has authored or editeda over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
In 2016 Dr. Craig was named by The Best Schools as one of the fifty most influential living philosophers.
Mike Licona received his MA Religious Studies from Liberty University and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria), which he completed with distinction.
He serves as associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University.
Mike was interviewed by Lee Strobel in his book The Case for the Real Jesus and appeared in Strobel’s video The Case for Christ.
He is the author of numerous books including The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic, 2010), Paul Meets Muhammad (Baker, 2006), co-author with Gary Habermas of the award-winning book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Kregel, 2004) and co-editor with William Dembski of Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (Baker, 2010).
Mike is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has spoken on more than 50 university campuses, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.
He and his wife Debbie have two grown children, Allie and Zach
Dr. Richard Howe
Dr. Richard G. Howe is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Howe has a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the issue of the existence of God. His master’s theses is titled “An Analysis of William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument” in which Dr. Howe defended the argument against objections that had come out against the argument subsequent to the publishing of Dr. Craig’s important book on the subject.
Dr. Howe’s doctoral dissertation is titled “A Defense of Thomas Aquinas’s Second Way” in which he defended Aquinas’s efficient causality argument for the existence of God against criticisms of theistic arguments in general, against criticisms of causal theistic arguments more narrowly, and against specific criticisms to Aquinas’s version of the efficient causality argument for God’s existence—the second of Aquinas’s famous “Five Ways.”
Dr. Howe is the President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA). He is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He has spoken and/or debated in churches and universities in the US and Canada as well as Europe and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith.
The premier attraction on Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach, white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game - snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. In George Town, retail therapy is value for money with duty-free bargains on crystal, perfume and jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. These tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won't hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya, once a trading post for the Mayan Empire, is located in the Mexican Caribbean and is best known for its jungles, beaches, lagoons and Mayan ruins. Recent development and modern port facilities are making Costa Maya the perfect port of call. With so many activities, it will be hard to decide what to do first.
The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D.
You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.
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Taxes and Port Charges of $340 are INCLUDED in the price
Gratuities are additional ($12.95 per person per day) and are paid onboard the ship
Call for info regarding suites and triple or quad rooms
Single occupancy is 200% the fare for double occupancy, however, roommate matching will be done on a space available basis.
If you are traveling solo, please call our office at 888-435-3787 for details.
lower beds which can convert to 1 queen size bed; shower; two bedside tables; vanity with mirror; hair dryer; safe; remote color TV; radio with satellite stations; double closet; deep chest of drawers; refrigerator; telephone; alarm clock; computerized wake-up service; approximately 185 square feet
2 lower beds which can convert to 1 queen size bed; bathtub and shower; 2 lower beds which can convert to 1 queen size bed; shower; two bedside tables; vanity with mirror; hair dryer; safe; remote color TV; radio with satellite stations; double closet; deep chest of drawers; refrigerator; telephone; alarm clock; computerized wake-up service; approximately 195 square feet; category G staterooms have partially obstructed sea views and category HH staterooms have fully obstructed sea views
Deluxe Verandah Staterooms
2 lower beds which can convert to 1 queen size bed; bath tub and shower; sitting area; floor to ceiling windows; private verandah; 2 lower beds which can convert to 1 queen size bed; shower; two bedside tables; sofa; vanity with mirror; hair dryer; safe; remote color TV; radio with satellite stations; double closet; deep chest of drawers; refrigerator; telephone; alarm clock; computerized wake-up service; approximately 254 square feet including verandah