“If we don’t reach our young… if we don’t encourage our students to think… if we don’t train them how to think, we are flirting with the extinction of the church in the next generation.”
– Ravi Zacharias
Numerous studies performed by multiple institutions in the last 20 years, report that the church is splitting at an exponential rate, pastors continue to retire early from the pulpit, and church attendance is in sharp decline. As those who identify as Christian drop from generation to generation, Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) is yet the most atheistic and unchurched generation. Many believe that truth is relative at best and, at worst, altogether unknowable, yet (on par with Millennials) want factual evidence to support their beliefs.
We believe that Christianity and the person of Christ provides the best answers for mankind’s perennial questions and doubts. But today, beginning there, we think, is at the wrong place without first discussing the existence of truth. In our culture today, without the historical tools of critical thinking and inference, uncertainty has become enshrined and thought has eroded into a dangerous emotional cognitive dissonance.
Bereans Aflame Research & Apologetics will be a web-based resource and learning center poised to enhance understanding and promote reverence for truth and humility toward one another. Bereans Aflame will seek to ennoble minds to reason through classical education of philosophy. We will advance the Kingdom of God by the gospel of Jesus Christ equipping hearts to be His subjects following the example of the great men and women in Christian history. Our efforts and successes will be in our students’ growth and engagement in open dialogue to confess Christ and live in sincerity and generosity towards one another (2 Cor. 9:13).