The new Zacharias Institute is launching some exciting events this year! See below for information on the upcoming events.

June 23-24 // Understanding & Answering Atheism


Is religion dangerous? Is Christianity Intolerant? Does God exist, and is He worth following? How do I share my faith in a culture where belief in God is dismissed as anti-intellectual and ridiculous?

On June 23-24, 2017, the Zacharias Institute will be hosting the next conference in RZIM’s Understanding and Answering series, Understanding and Answering Atheism.

Over the last two decades, academic studies have been published claiming that the more highly educated an individual is, the less likely they are to believe in God. While the statistics supporting these studies are more complex than headlines suggest, the assertion that belief in God requires leaving one’s brain at the door has become pervasive across culture today.

This widespread assumption is fueled by well-respected thinkers such as Professor Stephen Hawking, who once commented that heaven “is a fairy story for those afraid of the dark.” Commenting on Hawking’s statement, Professor John Lennox countered that “atheism is a fairytale for people afraid of the light.”

What are we to make of such contrary responses from two highly educated, intelligent thinkers? Can there be good reason for what Christians believe, or is Hawking right that belief in God stems from child-like naiveté, or even fear? And if there is good reason, how do we communicate it in a compelling way? In a world where disagreement is increasingly expressed with hostility, how can people who see the world so differently engage respectfully with one another, let alone understand one another?

Whether you’re a questioning skeptic or an interested Christian, join Ravi Zacharias, Abdu Murray, Vince Vitale, and other members of RZIM’s global speaking team as we consider the evidence for the Christian God, and how Christians can lovingly respond to those who don’t believe in him.

Understanding and Answering Atheism is a conference designed for students, families, small groups, churches, and any one interested in the rising challenge of atheism to the Christian worldview. You are welcome to join us in person at the Zacharias Institute, Alpharetta, GA, or to participate in the conference via live-streaming. Click here to register in-person, online individual, or group live-stream. 


In-person Individual: $150 early bird, $200 after April 1, 2017

In-person individual registration includes:

  • Participant guide
  • In-person interaction with speakers
  • Saturday breakfast/lunch
  • Video archive of sessions

Live-stream Individual: $55 early bird, $75 after April 1

Live-stream Small Groups up to 100: $299

Live-stream Medium Groups 100-200: $399

Live-stream Large Groups 200+: $499

All live-stream group registrations include:

  • HD stream
  • Live polling during Q&A sessions
  • PDF of participant’s guide
  • Video archive of sessions

July 18-22 // Refresh: Ready for College

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Are you a junior heading into your senior year at high school? Or a high school senior about to head off to college? Then don’t miss out on the opportunity to get college-ready at Refresh!

As students, you know what’s like to be surrounded by questions. Questions of science and questions of sexuality; questions of the intellect and questions of identity; questions of history and questions of the heart. With so many questions, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. No wonder 70% of Christian students stop attending church in college, when we are surrounded by so much confusion and so many competing ideas.

In the face of so many questions, how can you keep your faith strong on campus? And how can you be prepared to answer the questions and objections of your friends and classmates?

On July 18-22, 2017, the Zacharias Institute will be hosting our first Refresh apologetics conference.

At Refresh, no question is off limits, whether questions asked from within the Christian faith, or questions from those without faith. We want to give you the space to think through some of the toughest challenges to Christianity, and equip you to live out your faith on campus.

At Refresh 2017, you will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and be mentored by Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and many other members of RZIM’s Global Speaking Team.

Refresh is designed for students, youth groups, and their leaders. If your parents are accompanying you to Alpharetta, GA, they are welcome to attend the opening session.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

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