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Culture & Christianity: A Necessary Partnership Relationship Explored at SES's Conference on Apologetics

Thu, Oct. 02, 2014 Posted: 10:30 AM


Culture & Christianity: A Necessary Partnership Relationship Explored at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics

October 10-11

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Culture and Christianity. Can one exist without the other? In nine days, experts in various fields will explore just that at the Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics. In a world where faith and culture often collide, can these two peacefully co-exist?

The SES conference, which will be held at Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, will explore many relevant topics linking Christianity and culture, including:

• “Faith In The Public Square” (Tim Goeglein of Focus on the Family and The Heritage Foundation)

• “Was Jesus Intolerant?” (Dr. Frank Turek of • “Passing on the Faith” (a conversion with Sean McDowell and Josh McDowell) • “Pop Culture and the Problem of Evil” (Dr. Thomas J. Bridges of SES)

• “A Christian Response to Sexual Diversity” (Kathryn Camp of Living Into The Truth Ministries)

• “Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women” (Brian Fisher of Online for Life)

• “Reclaiming Culture For Christ With Apologetics” (Steven Garofalo of the National Apologetics Training Center)

“Christians often struggle with defending their faith in a sometimes-faithless culture,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land, “And who can blame them? From every angle, Christians are bombarded with views on abortion, marriage, family, and good and evil that are anything but faith-based. And the popular opinion seems to always be on the secular or the immoral side, which can be extremely discouraging. It’s our goal at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics to help Christians mix their faith with culture, rather than hiding from it.

“And the great news about this conference is that it only costs $85 for the whole weekend and only $55 if you're a student.” Namely, the conference will tackle three hot-button themes:

1. God & Science – From Darwin to Dawkins, science has been hailed as the catalyst to unbelief in the modern world. The great tragedy of this is that natural science is where we find some of the most compelling evidence for God’s existence. Conference attendees will learn from the very best scholars in astronomy, biology, archeology, physics and mathematics about how science affirms our faith.

2. Christianity & Culture – Gay marriage. Abortion. Pornography. How can Christians respond? Cultural sessions at the conference will equip participants and inspire them to be used by God in affecting real change in the culture.

3. Historical Apologetics – Does history really support Scripture? Does archeology confirm the Bible? The conference will shed light on the historical evidences for the Bible and, most importantly, the resurrection of Christ. As the Apostle Paul put it “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14).

Registration is still open for the conference that will focus on “Defending a Never-Changing Faith in an Ever-Changing World” and equipping Christians to answer questions about their beliefs rationally and intelligently as they explore the various facets of apologetics. Apologetics becomes ever more important as it becomes ever more crucial for Christians to defend their faith in an ever more hostile secular society.

For the 2014 apologetics conference, SES has moved to a larger venue, and, therefore, is able to accommodate a larger number of participants. This year, a new women’s pre-conference is also planned for October 9 on the SES campus.

For more information on the conference, visit For a complete line-up of speakers, visit

Land is featured in his nationally-syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on American Family Radio’s (AFR) 200 stations, airing at 1:20 p.m. EDT on AFR’s Inspirational Network and at 2:30 p.m. EDT on AFR’s Talk Network. The program also airs on the Bott Radio Network, which includes 100 radio stations across the country. “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.

For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit

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 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.

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 17,000 people who have already downloaded the SES interactive app for Windows mobile devices as well as for Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers. SES 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.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked No. 1 for its General Christian Apologetics Graduate Program by’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.” For more information, visit or call (800) 77-TRUTH.

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Alex Murashko