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Southern Evangelical Seminary Faculty Set for Debate on the Classical View of God

SES Professors Brian Huffling and Richard Howe Discuss the ‘Doctrine of Divine Simplicity’ with William Lane Craig at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Denver

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Two faculty members from Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) will engage in a discussion at the upcoming annual meeting for the American Academy of Religion (AAR) on divine simplicity, a topic with many views within the religion and philosophy community.

SES professors Dr. Brian Huffling and Dr. Richard G. Howe will present their views on the issue alongside two others from the world of academia. Beginning this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the event from Nov. 17-20 will bring together religion thinkers, speakers and writers from around the world. Specifically, the doctrine of divine simplicity has enjoyed much interest as of late, both from supporters and detractors.

“Southern Evangelical Seminary is honored that two of our very capable faculty members will present their views on divine simplicity at this meeting that will feature the best minds from around the globe,” said SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land. “Our students have the unique privilege of interacting daily with those who are making great strides in their field, as they heighten their knowledge and notoriety through their distinguished research and work.”

The AAR panel discussion, with the theme of “Divine Simplicity” set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19, will also include professors William Lane Craig of Biola University and Houston Baptist University and Stephen T. Davis of Claremont McKenna College. The session will offer an opportunity for scholars on both sides of the issue to present their cases and will be of interest to philosophers, theologians and religious scholars.

Howe will first present “Antecedents to Aquinas’ Doctrine of Simplicity,” followed by Davis, who will address “Why Simplicity is Unnecessary.” Craig will then present “Objections to Divine Simplicity” and Huffling will follow up by “Responding to Objections to Divine Simplicity.”

Brian Huffling is Director of the Ph.D. Program at SES and has an M.A. in Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from SES. He is also an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the seminary, as well as a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. Learn more at www.brianhuffling.com.

Richard G. Howe is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at SES and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. He speaks and writes widely on philosophy and Christian apologetics and is a co-author with SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler on “The Religion of the Force.” He is also a contributor to several books and scholarly articles. Howe has spoken and/or debated in churches and universities in the U.S. and Canada as well as Europe and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith. Learn more at www.RichardGHowe.com.

For more information on the AAR annual meeting, click here.

Last month, SES welcomed 80 speakers with diverse backgrounds to its 25th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), including Huffling and Howe.

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.