Co-founded in 1992 by Drs. Norman Geisler and Ross Rhoads, SES offers students something that cannot be found anywhere else—accredited 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).
Through our fully immersive digital campus experience, SES is able to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. We have also priced our tuition below the national average so our students receive an outstanding education at an exceptional value. Classes are offered in traditional 15-week semester format, eight-week short terms, and week long fall, winter, spring, and summer modules.
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, we will have prepared our 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).