“Ryan is an excellent communicator. He has solid content and also the passion and clarity to share it with youth so they really ‘get it.’ I am happy to endorse him as both an apologist and speaker.”
-Dr. Sean McDowell, Professor, Speaker and Author
“If you’re looking for an energetic, accessible, and winsome Christian Case Maker to teach your students or congregation, Ryan Pauly is ready to accept the challenge. He’s an up-and-coming Christian apologist, and I endorse his work enthusiastically.”
-J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Detective, Author, and Christian Case Maker
“Ryan came and lead a multi week apologetics class for our church. His knowledge and presentation were first rate. He spoke to a wide range of ages from adults down to my own 13 and 17 year-old children- which lead to really great discussion around the dinner table. His background in education and use of visuals helped make some really complex information easy to understand. Ryan’s careful study and preparation come from a deep passion to give people knowledge and truth so they can be confident in their faith. I so appreciate that his approach is couched in love and solid science while not being argumentative. This helps the church not only with the tools of evidence for answering the challenges posed to their faith, but also a gracious posture from which to speak.”
-Jeff Myers, Campus Pastor, RockHarbor Fullerton
“Ryan is a gifted speaker and presenter. My students thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. His experience as a high school teacher comes through in the way he crafts his message to meet his audience. His creative and thoughtful presentation had my students really engaging the material. What I really appreciate was how he was able to communicate rather complex material to my students in a way they could catch it, without dumbing down the subject matter. I highly recommend Ryan to speak to your high school or college age group. Ryan is the type of person we need to help raise the next generation of Christians to remain strong in their convictions!”
– Drew Covert, Youth Leader, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
What topics does Ryan teach?
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be An Atheist
In 2015, Ryan completed the CrossExamined Instructor Academy with Dr. Frank Turek. This four part seminar includes:
- Does truth exist?
- Does God exist?
- Are miracles possible?
- Is the New Testament reliable?
By answering “Yes” to each of these questions, a positive case can be made for the truth of Christianity. This can be done in a multi-session seminar or select questions can be presented in individual talks.
We live in a culture that wants to hold to religious pluralism. This is the belief that all religions have equal truth value. Something may be true for me but it isn’t true for someone else. However, can this be true? What we actually see is that religions disagree at a fundamental level and not all religions are the same. In this talk, Ryan will give three simple ways to distinguish between religions and see that they are not all true. You can watch this talk here.
Spotting Bad Arguments
It is easy to be caught off guard by many different explanations and arguments offered against Christianity. However, does each alternative explanation hold the same weight? Is it possible that the other person is using bad arguments? In this talk, Ryan teaches three important tools to help you spot bad arguments. Instead of being caught off guard or thinking the other person has a strong point, use these tools and evaluate the argument to first determine if it can even stand on its own.
You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman explains that the apparent conflict between science and faith is one reasons why students are leaving the church. That is why Ryan created this talk. He wants students to understand that science and faith are compatible. Christians can respond to the difficult scientific questions without giving up their faith. Many do not realize that this apparent conflict comes from different worldviews. When understood correctly, there is no contradiction at all. In fact, faith should be based in the scientific evidence. Watch here and see for yourself.
The Case Against Relativism
Many youth today are not convinced of objective morality. We live in a relativistic culture where truth becomes relative to our own personal desires and opinions. This talk will argue against both relative truth and moral relativism, and it will show how relativism is self-defeating. Objective truth does exist and this is best explained by an objective standard; God.
The Case for the Resurrection
All of Christianity rests on the resurrection of Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul says that if Jesus did not rise from the dead then our faith is in vain. So, did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is it possible that the disciples experienced hallucinations of the risen Jesus or that the disciples stole the body? This talk examines the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and shows how the naturalistic theories don’t hold up.
A Tactical Approach to Creation and Evolution
Darwinian Evolution is the view taught in most high schools and universities. Are our students able to defend the Christian view of creation when presented with conflicting evidence? This presentation will look at a few of the major pieces of evidence used to prove Darwinian Evolution as a fact, and then give you tactical ways to respond and defend Creation using science and logic.
Evening with an Atheist
Have you ever been in a conversation with an atheist? How well do you think you could defend the Christian faith against a different viewpoint? Do you have more to respond with besides “the Bible says so” or “this is what my parents taught me?” In this session Ryan will role play an atheist and raise difficult challenges against Christianity to see how well you can respond. Then Ryan will step out of character to evaluate the experience and help students learn how to better respond. This session will motivate students to dig deeper into the reasons why they believe in Christianity.
Zombies and the Soul
The soul is essential to Christianity, but many students couldn’t tell you what it is or why it is important. In this session Ryan uses zombies, something students are very familiar with, to help students understand what the soul is and why it is important.
Everyone Has To Start Somewhere
Ryan talks to many students who simply seem bored with Christianity. They have grown up with in a Christian home, attended Christian schools, and have gone to church every week. They are tired of the same stories being repeated over and over again. Their knowledge of God is limited to: God loves me, he has a plan for me, and Jesus died for me… that’s all. No wonder they’re bored! Other students keep hearing about God but become bitter because they keep asking “Where is he? Does he even exist?,” only to never get their questions answered. That is why Ryan created this talk. He thinks that when we understand how relationships are formed, then our students will grow into a deep, loving, committed relationship with God. Check out the story behind this talk here and listen as here as Ryan discusses the idea behind this talk.
Should you decide to use Ryan as a speaker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check his availability and speaking requirements.