About Reasons to Believe
- 5 Research Scholars
- 50+ Visiting Scholars
- 250+ Apologetics Community Members
- 125+ Scholar Community Members
- 40+ Chapters Worldwide
We make every effort to help people discover that sound reason and scientific research consistently affirm the truth of the Bible and of the Good News it reveals.
Reasons to Believe (RTB) was established in 1986 to help address fundamental human questions about our existence: What can we know about the origins and intricacies of our cosmos, our world, and life itself?RTB exists to challenge the false notion that scientific facts and the historic Christian faith conflict. In reality, facts and faith are allies. When Caltech astronomer Hugh Ross began to describe how scientific and historical research led him from no belief in God to confident and growing faith in Jesus Christ, people wanted to hear more. Friends and strangers encouraged him to explain the breakthrough discoveries foreshadowed in the ancient biblical text.The enthusiastic response to Hugh’s talks and his willingness to engage questions and challenges in agentle, respectful manner stirred a groundswell of support. And that’s how the ministry began. From the start, the dream was to build a team of scholars from various research disciplines who would join in demonstrating how the “book of nature” harmonizes with the books of Scripture. Through time God brought together not only scholars but also a growing team of editors, educators, media specialists, and more.The past three and a half decades have carried RTB’s scholars and message across the nation and around the world in person, in print, and via digital means. Our team goes wherever they are invited—universities, research firms, churches, seminaries, schools, community groups, and private homes—for the purpose of open discussion and faith-encouraging interaction.
People tell us via letters, emails, social media posts, and in-person comments that RTB uplifts them in a variety of ways, thanks to the work of God’s Spirit. Some find fresh hope, others discover answers to doubts, some resolve their cognitive dissonance, others gain confidence to speak openly about their faith, and many learn they are not alone in their need to question and challenge rather than “just believe.”
We believe questions and dialogue are good because truth invites and withstands testing.
Our Core Values
RTB embraces a matrix of core values, based on what we see in the life of Jesus:
High view of Scripture and science The words of the Bible and the facts of nature come from the same Source, from God himself, who chose to make himself known.
Ongoing Development Of a testable creation model because the world needs a positive, growing case for faith in a caring Creator.
Readiness to give reasons People have questions and doubts that deserve reasonable, well-researched responses (1 Peter 3:15a)
Communication of those reasons With gentleness, respect, and a cleaner conscience because people observe attitude and demeanor as much as they listen to words (1 Peter 3:15b).
Commitment to Application because intellectual engagement should lead to effective evangelism, not merely to winning arguments.
Apologetics for Evangelism because history awaits completion of the commission Christ charged his followers to fulfill.
Constructive Integration Of God’s revelation because truth will always be consistent whenever it’s found.
Impact 360 Institute
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Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an evenhanded, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
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