About Science for Seminaries
Science for Seminaries is a project of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The project helps a diverse group of seminaries integrate science into their core curricula.
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1. Science: The Wide Angle Video Series
The Science for Seminaries project is dedicated to supplied pedagogical resources to help seminaries and theological schools bring world-class science into the classroom. First, AAAS, in collaboration with Fourth Line Films, has produced an exciting new series of videos to spark classroom discussion of forefront science topics, called “Science: The Wide Angle”! Click here to see all the videos & download study guides!
2. Curriculum Resources
Second, curricular resources from the Science for Seminaries project have been developed by partner institutions who have previously participated in the Science for Seminaries project. Project resources are searchable by topic, resource type, seminary, and core curriculum area. Search the syllabi here!
Sci4Sem in the News
Building on broad interest generated by a three-year pilot project
integrating science into theological education, the American Association
for the Advancement of Science is now expanding the initiative to
advance understanding of science and technology across the religious
community to as many as 35 seminaries over the next 5 years.
A set of seven seminaries in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,
and Wisconsin have been selected as the first of four groups to participate
in the expanded program over the next
AAAS, through its program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), is embarking on a new 5-year initiative that will offer a unique suite of activities designed to expand the role that science plays in US theological seminaries. The new Science for Seminaries Phase II project will be carried out in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It is geared towards the goal of broadening contact with science in theological education for the benefit of faculty and students, and ultimately providing the religious public with the leadership it needs to consider advances and implications of science, in the context of their faith communities.
Our Rabbinic Training project is featured in this article at Big Questions Online.
In this final report for the Science for Seminaries project, we summarize the activities and findings from the pilot Science for Seminaries project, in which several theological training institutions introduced scientific content in practical ways into their core educational programs.
Many Americans turn to religious leaders with questions about science and its implications, yet clergy members often have little exposure to science in their training. AAAS has taken the lead, based on years of planning, in addressing this conundrum by organizing the Science for Seminaries program, with a pilot project launched in 2013. The pilot effort provided science resources for seminaries as they sought to equip future religious leaders with solid scientific information and with connections to scientists.