Stand To Reason

Founded by Christian apologist and radio personality Greg Koukl, Stand To Reason (STR) exists to equip Christian ambassadors with knowledge, wisdom, and character.  (Much of their apologetics-oriented equipping resources are in brief video segments available for Internet viewing.)  According to STR, an effective Christian ambassador has three essential skills:

  1. Knowledge (an accurate mind) – an accurate grasp of the foundational precepts of the Kingdom
  2. Wisdom (an artful method) -  skillful, tactical, fair, and diplomatic use of knowledge
  3. Character (an attractive manner) – a mature expression of virtue, warmth, and personal depth

The mission of STR is to train Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.  Their mission has six important elements explained (in their own words) in the following Q&A format:

  1. What is our principle activity? Training
  2. Who do we train? Christians
  3. What do we train them to do? Think clearly and make a defense
  4. What is the manner in which they do this? Intellectually fair, gracious and incisive
  5. What will the scope of our defense? The doctrines and ethics of classical Christianity
  6. Where is this defense made? The public square

From STR’s website:

We focus on the basics, the fundamentals of theology and ethics, and the fundamental tools of thought. This distinguishes us from other organizations. For example, the Christian Research Institute (CRI) is a place to get information. Though we do give information, STR is the place to get educated. We teach not just what to think, but how to think. STR is not that unique in the information we give, but in the way we use the information.  STR teaches the value of using our minds to love God and share the Gospel. We teach careful reasoning and well thought-out answers so that Christians will participate in public discussion (at home, at work, or at the university) so that the Christian world view has a place in the debate. We encourage Christians to develop coherent answers to questions that challenge Christianity so that their faith is deepened and thereby are emboldened to share the Gospel.

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