Southern Evangelical Seminary Thinking Biblically About Election Issues Through ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ Program
SES’s Recently Inaugurated PPE Program Delves into Crucial Political and Cultural Issues
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Now that President Donald Trump has announced his re-election bid for 2020, Evangelical leader and Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land says Christians must start to think biblically about the election issues that will be front and center next November.
At SES, students delve into classroom discussions about the consequences of elections and the impact of Christians engaging in public policy through its relatively new “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, the PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others.
“Christ called upon Christians to be the salt and light of the culture,” Land said. “That is not limited to ‘church’ issues but to all matters that impact the culture. For 27 years, Southern Evangelical Seminary has helped prepare Christ-followers to influence their family, fellow church members and circle of friends and provide them the information they need to think biblically about the issues that will be prevalent in this next very crucial election cycle.”
As Christians are pulled in multiple directions and manipulated to change their thinking on biblical issues such as the sanctity of human life, marriage, human sexuality, immigration, the economy and more, Land said SES’s apologetic position is, and has always been, that “true love tells the truth.”
“In the creation of SES’s ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ program, the realization was made that virtually all cultural issues will have the potential to relate to the studies in this concentration,” he said. “Nearly every issue that creates discussion and debate in our society harkens back to what SES teaches through PPE. Encouraging and training more Christians about these issues is exactly why the PPE program exists at SES.”
SES recently announced the 26th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), set for Oct. 11-12 at Calvary Church in Charlotte. For the 2019 event, SES is focusing on the theme of “Why Truth Still Matters” and is welcoming some of the nation’s top apologetics speakers, including Michael Brown, Alisa Childers, Gary Habermas, SES co-founder Richard Howe, Chip Ingram, Richard Land, Mike Licona, Stephen Meyer, Jeff Myers, Hugh Ross and Frank Turek, among others. For over a quarter-century, SES’s annual conference has provided Christians with the tools, knowledge and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity. There will also be a special tribute to Dr. Norman Geisler, SES’s co-founder, longtime professor and President Emeritus. The early bird deadline ends Aug. 1.
For 27 years, SES has equipped students and ministry leaders to share the Gospel from an intelligent, informed and rational biblical worldview. Courses, conferences, seminars, guest speakers and more seek to accomplish this longstanding mission. Central to this purpose is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding of believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES seeks to provide an educational opportunity where the Christian worldview is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.