August 4, 2015
Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Dr. Richard Land: ‘Culture of Death’ and Tragedy Continue with Senate Vote on Planned Parenthood
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate vote last night, which defeated a bill that would have prevented hundreds of millions of dollars from being funneled to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“I applaud the senators who voted to take Planned Parenthood’s hand out of the public’s pocket,” Land said. “And I am appalled that so many of our nation’s senators don’t find Planned Parenthood’s auctioning of body parts and altering of abortion methods to maximize the profits from body parts to be unconscionable. A vote not to defund Planned Parenthood says more about the senators who voted against this bill than it says about Planned Parenthood itself.
“What goes on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood is a real-life horror story,” Land continued. “Pope John Paul II talked about a ‘culture of death’ two decades ago, in which he condemned widespread moral crimes like abortion and euthanasia that were viewed as individual rights. Last night, the majority of our lawmakers could not stand and unite to put an end to this ‘horror story’ and ‘culture of death,’ even after seeing the disgusting and disturbing Planned Parenthood videos. And, more maddening is the fact that some senators have sent the message that millions of Americans would indeed keep the abortion business funded through our tax dollars—to the tune of $500 million per year—and against the wishes of many.”
Land went on to say that the Planned Parenthood scandal has ignited a debate that serves as a stark reminder of the country’s moral compass.
“There are many in our society who have completely rejected, or simply have forgotten, the God-given distinctive, incalculable value of each and every human being—no matter how small—and instead are focusing on the comparative worth of their body parts rather than the fact that they are individually unique and sacred fellow human beings,” Land said. “This is perhaps the greatest tragedy and the most illustrative of how badly we have lost our way morally and ethically as a nation.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte. N.C. on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Michael Brown, Tony Perkins, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. To register, visit conference.ses.edu/registration.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 235 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.