Southern Evangelical Seminary’s New Classes Begin Today: from Aristotle, to the Existence of God, to Moral Philosophy, and to the Resurrection of Jesus
Courses Enable Students to Rationally and Lovingly Defend Both Their Faith and the Inerrant Word of God; Stir Up Debate with Non-Believers
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) is beginning its “new year” today, with several modules of classes being offered at the new campus home near Charlotte.
SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land said the seminary is looking forward to the new semester and the chance to glorify God through the teaching of apologetics.
“As we celebrate our 27th anniversary in 2019, Southern Evangelical Seminary is extremely grateful to God for the many blessings that He has bestowed on us over the past 27 years,” Land said. “SES has focused on equipping students as well as attendees at SES’s annual apologetics conference to rationally and lovingly defend both their faith and the inerrant Word of God. There has perhaps never been a more important time for American Christians to know what we believe, why we believe it, and why we are commanded and compelled to share it with others.”
Courses in the upcoming semester include the following:
- Aristotle: Jan. 7-12 (on campus and live-streamed)
- Chemistry & Molecular Biology: Jan. 14-19 (live-streamed)
- Existence of God: Jan 14-19 (on campus and live-streamed; taught by Dr. Richard G. Howe)
- New Testament Survey: Jan. 21-May 6 (on campus)
- Biblical Criticism: Jan. 21-May 6 (on campus)
- Acts: Jan. 21-May 6 (on campus)
- Greek Grammar: Jan. 21-May 6 (on campus)
- Problem of Evil: March 11-16 (on campus and live-streamed; taught by SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Brian Huffling)
- Relativism: March 11-May 3 (online)
- Resurrection of Jesus: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Old Testament Survey: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Moral Philosophy: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Metaphysics: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Philosophy of Religion: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- History of Modern & Contemporary Philosophy: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Introduction to Philosophy: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Theology Proper and Creation: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Survey of Bible Doctrine: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Writing and Research Skills: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
- Historical Theology: Jan. 21-May 3 (online)
“SES is uniquely positioned to offer students something that cannot be found anywhere else in an evangelical context—resident and online education programs that integrate theology, apologetics and classical philosophy to construct a full-orbed worldview,” Land continued. “We are convinced that no one of these academic disciplines by itself provides the fully-armed defense of the historic Christian faith that a thorough grounding in all three fields provides.”
Consequently, he added, every class at SES, regardless of the subject, builds upon the others to form a complete, integrated systematic view of reality and essential Christian doctrine.
“The entire SES family is reaffirming its commitment to academic excellence and faithful adherence to God’s Word,” Land said. “When NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi had his first meeting with the Green Bay Packers, he told them, ‘Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.’ I can think of no more eloquent or accurate way to describe our aspiration and commitment at SES as we seek to achieve excellence for the glory of Christ our Savior.”
At SES, students can also learn about specialized topics and how they relate to the culture and current headlines through two unique programs.
For instance, current events make up class discussions in SES’s new “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, the PPE program introduces students to the Christian worldview 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. Likewise, SES considers issues of morality and technology and how ethics intersects with both through its Center for the “Ethics of Emerging Technologies.”
SES’s new campus is nestled in the heart of the rapidly growing area of West Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 35,000-square-foot, two-building campus symbolizes the seminary’s reaffirmed commitment to both on-campus and online learning.
The more centrally located campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, better technological advances and increased streaming capabilities. In fact, online students will have one of fastest bandwidths available in order to stream their courses. The ideal location also affords on-campus students a variety of options for housing in nearby neighborhoods. The campus is also close to four restaurants, a YMCA and a racquetball club.