Dr. Richard Land

SES Summer Modules Explore Ethics, Apologetics, Science and More

May 1, 2015

Southern Evangelical Seminary Offers Courses Led by SES President Richard Land, Reasons to Believe Founder Hugh Ross and Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), a leader in apologetics education, is gearing up for its summer modules, and on tap for exploration are topics including astronomy, ethics, and sin and salvation.

For the first module, “Physics and Astronomy” (May 4-9), SES will welcome two renowned scientists from Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization that researches and communicates how the facts of nature harmonize with God’s revelation in the words of the Bible.

Reasons to Believe founder and president Hugh Ross and astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink will lead the module focused on the study of cosmology (the origin of the universe) and astronomy, including various models of the origin of the universe, cosmic fine-tuning, astro-biology and the origin of our particular galaxy, solar system and planet—all with an eye toward intelligent design. The course will be available online via live streaming and may be taken for full credit or for academic or public audit.

SES President Dr. Richard Land will teach two additional summer modules: “A Christian Perspective of Ethics” (May 18-23) and “Hamartiology and Soteriology” (June 8-13). Both will be offered on-campus and online.

“I am looking forward to returning to the classroom this summer for lively conversation with our students, both in-person and virtually,” Land said. “A Christian perspective on ethics is certainly a topic that arises in our culture every day, and how we as Christians respond to cultural trends and hot-button societal issues is an indication of how our faith and Christian worldview play out in our daily lives.”

In “A Christian Perspective of Ethics,” Land will explore the question, “How should Christians live in the 21st Century?” Ethical problems arise every day for Christians and non-Christians, but many churches are avoiding the discussion of ethical issues when they should be providing Christians with the tools to navigate these dilemmas. Land will provide a study of ethical alternatives and issues from a Christian perspective.

“Hamartiology and Soteriology” will cover the theological implications of sin as well as its implications for mankind. The course will also discuss the deep meanings of salvation and explore the depths of Christ’s work on the cross for all mankind. 

With a degree in physics from the University of British Columbia and a grant from the National Research Council of Canada, Hugh Ross earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. For several years, he continued his research on quasars and galaxies as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. His writings include journal and magazine articles and numerous books, including “Navigating Genesis,” “Why the Universe Is the Way It Is,” “The Creator and the Cosmos,” “The Fingerprint of God” and more. He has spoken at hundreds of university campuses as well as at conferences and churches around the world.

Jeff Zweerink’s involvement in science apologetics grew from an enthusiasm for helping others bridge the perceived science-faith gap. As a research scholar and executive director of online learning at Reasons to Believe, he focuses on encouraging people of all backgrounds to consider the truth of Scripture and how it connects with the evidence of science. He is the author of the book “Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse?” and co-author RTB’s “Impact Events” student devotional series.