In a Culture That Demands It, SES Helps Christians Know What They Believe and Why
Southern Evangelical Seminary Begins New Semester Focusing on Biblical History, Apologetics, Philosophy, Research and More
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Over the past 18 months Christians have been called upon with ever greater urgency to defend their beliefs in the political, cultural, educational and social realms.
The upcoming semester at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), which specializes in apologetics education, will help teach Christians how to do just that—know what they believe and why they believe it.
Last week, SES completed the first week-long Winter Module course on Ethics, taught by SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land. This week, beginning today and continuing through Friday, Dr. Richard Howe will explore “New Religious Movements.”
Then on Jan. 22, SES will begin the full Spring Semester, with on-campus and online courses focusing on variety of topics that will help students grow their faith and obtain their educational goals.
“Each semester is an exciting time for our students to take what they’re learning and apply it to the real-life, and sometimes difficult, conversations they may be having with family, friends, co-workers or even fellow church members about faith issues,” Land said. “Southern Evangelical Seminary students are eager to learn, prepared to think critically and ready to arm themselves with knowledge to take into society and make a difference in showing people how to look at an issue in a way they had never considered it before—from a biblical and transcendent perspective. SES students and graduates are doing impressive work with their degrees, and we are honored to call them alumni, friends and fellow defenders of the faith in this very important mission. We praise God for the victories with which our Heavenly Father is blessing their ministries.”
As an example, one of the SES faculty members and alumni who is making a difference with his SES education is Dr. J. Brian Huffling, who recently wrote an article for Knowledge Review on “The Study of the Philosophy of Religion in the Age of the Internet.” For the piece, Huffling, an SES assistant professor of philosophy and theology, wrote that many philosophers and theologians argue that God exists as the cause for everything else that exists.
“The issue of God’s existence and nature falls under the philosophy of religion, as do the issues of evil, miracles, and religious experience,” he said. “These areas require years of study in metaphysics (what is real), epistemology (what is knowledge) and the history of philosophy. To be qualified to hold the title ‘Philosopher of Religion,’ or any such title, one must pay his/her academic dues, such as getting a masters and doctoral degree. This certainly does not mean that one cannot study the field of philosophy of religion unless he/she is in a formal academic program. What it does mean, is that to be considered an authority, one must possess a certain level of peer-reviewed training.” Continue reading here.
On-campus classes beginning next week in Charlotte, North Carolina, include the following (those marked with an asterisk are also offered online):
- Communication in a Theological Context
- Advanced Greek Exegesis
- Biblical Hebrew 2
- Historical Theology: A Survey
- New Testament Survey
- New Testament Survey 2: The Epistles and Revelation*
- Old Testament Survey 2: Job–Malachi
- Religious Epistemology
- Moral Philosophy*
- Apologetics and the Pulpit Ministry
- Reading Seminar
- Writing and Research Skills*
- Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology
Online-only courses for the Spring Semester include History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Survey of Bible Doctrine, and Theology Proper and Creation. Visit the following links for more information on the Spring Semester or to apply.
SES recently announced the 2018 National Conference on Christian Apologetics, which will focus on the theme of “The God Who Is.” On Oct. 12-13, the seminary will welcome top thinkers, scholars, authors, apologists and scientific minds to its 25th annual conference, which will be held at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.