Co-founded in 1992 by Drs. Norman Geisler and Ross Rhoads, SES offers students something that cannot be found anywhere else—accredited resident and online education programs that take an integrated approach to theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Every class at SES, regardless of the subject, is interwoven with every other to form a complete and systematic view of reality and essential Christian doctrine that will better equip you to engage the false ideas of today’s culture with the truth of the Gospel.
Located in Charlotte, NC, the mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith. Dr. Hugh Ross, SES adjunct professor and Reasons to Believe president, says, “I thank God for SES because their apologetics program is practical, is biblically based, and is balanced with evangelism.” Our deeply integrated approach will not only enable you to lovingly and persuasively proclaim and defend the Gospel in an increasingly hostile culture but will also enrich your own grasp of the “faith once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).
SES fully understands the complex demands on our students, so we have created seminary options for busy schedules. We have also priced our degrees below the national average so our students receive an outstanding education at an exceptional value.
While we strongly encourage on-campus learning, we understand the tech-driven culture in which we live. Hence, every degree and certificate offered by SES can be completed via online and/or live-streaming courses (doctoral programs do have limited on-campus requirements). Online students have the option to take courses in a true asynchronous online format, or they can choose to live-stream the actual on-campus classes. Our live-streaming format allows students to participate in the classroom without ever stepping foot on campus; all you need is a computer or mobile device with a strong internet connection, headphones, webcam, and a microphone.
Classes are offered in traditional semester format, eight-week short terms, and week long fall, winter, spring, and summer modules. Currently, all live classes take place in the evening, making it convenient to pursue a degree while also still working a “day job.”
In “The Eminence of Teaching,” Étienne Gilson says, “The good teacher then loves to teach because he loves to impart to his pupils the very best thing there is in him, namely, intellectual life, knowledge, truth. … The highest reward of teaching is the joy of making other minds similar, not indeed to ourselves, but to the truth which is in us.”
This idea aligns with the philosophy of education at SES. The goal of the SES faculty is to cause the student to discover truth in whatever context this discovery applies: biblical studies, theology, philosophy, or apologetics. The ideal student produced by SES will possess a love of the truth and the pursuit of the intellectual life, coupled with a love for God and growth in godly character. In so doing, SES will have prepared its students to defend the historic Christian faith and evangelize the lost.
As a Christian educational institution, we endeavor to discover, disseminate, and defend the truth and love God has revealed (1 Pet. 3:15; John 13:34–35). We believe this is best accomplished in an atmosphere where students are offered a Bible–based, Christ–centered (2 Cor. 10:5), and God–honoring education (1 Cor. 10:31); where teacher and learner endeavor to know both the truth and the times (1 Chr. 12:32; Phil. 2:14–15), both the message and the milieu in which it is proclaimed.
In order to achieve our goal, we provide an educational opportunity where the Christian world view is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living. To accomplish this, students should be taught not only to think correctly but also to pray fervently and to live uprightly (Jas. 5:16; Deut. 6:4–9; Mark 12:29–31). This occurs most effectively when both instructor and student relate properly to God and to one another through Christ, in view of His imminent return (Acts 1:7–8; 1 Thess. 4:13–18).