News & Events

  • AAAS extends science in theological education program

    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
    18 months.


  • AAAS Enhances Support for Science in Theological Education

    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.


  • How Can Science Inform the Jewish Understanding of Memory?

    Our Rabbinic Training project is featured in this article at Big Questions Online.


  • Science for Seminaries Final Report

    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.


  • AAAS Reaches Out to Theology Students

    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.


  • The Workings of Science

    In this film, S. James Gates (University of Maryland, College Park), Michael Ruse (Florida State University), and Melinda Baldwin (author of Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal) explore the limits and methodology of science.


  • Science and Religion: The Draper-White Conflict Thesis

    In this short film, historians of science Lawrence Principe (Johns Hopkins University) and Ted Davis (Messiah College) introduce a little-known story from American history that provides context for the common notion that science and religion are incompatible.


  • Is the Human Mind Predisposed to Religious Thought?

    In this short film, Justin Barrett (Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, Fuller Theological Seminary) explores a fascinating question being asked at the forefront of the cognitive science of religion: Is the human mind predisposed to religious thought?


  • Frontiers of Neuroscience: Charting the Complexities of Our Brains

    In this series of short films, neuroscientists Huda Zoghbi (Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital) and William Newsome (Stanford University) discuss some of the latest research at the forefront of their field.


  • Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life

    In this film, Sean B. Carroll (University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Jeff Hardin (University of Wisconsin), and Neil Shubin (University of Chicago) explore advances in biological evolution. They consider what the fossil record and the DNA of various lifeforms reveal about the history of life on Earth and discuss new discoveries in evolutionary developmental biology: constraints in evolution (such as ancient genetic “toolkits”) and evolutionary convergence, where two or more lineages of organisms navigate to or arrive at the same evolutionary outcome from very different starting points.


  • To Be Human

    This film considers human uniqueness in light of advances in three branches of science. Dr. Georgia M. Dunston (Howard University College of Medicine) looks at the topic in light of genetics and genomics; Dr. Frans De Waal (Emory University) addresses similarities between humans and animals; Dr. Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution) offers insights from the latest findings in anthropology.


  • Space and Exploration: Humans in a Vast Universe

    In this short film, Br. Guy Consolmagno (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (Astrophysicist, NASA), and Dr. David Charbonneau (Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University) introduce exciting topics in space exploration.


  • Film series helps seminary students understand scientific thinking

    Georgia Dunston

    At seminary, students tackle the big questions: How did the universe come into existence? Why are we here? What does it mean to be human?

    Religious traditions may suggest answers, but to ponder those questions in a deep and relevant way, students need to understand current scientific thinking as well. However, most seminaries don’t have reliable access to scientific experts.

    To help fill the gap, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is releasing an educational film series, “Science: The Wide Angle,” this month, presenting overviews of scientific topics through interviews with world-class scientists.



  • Introducing “Science: The Wide Angle”

    What scientists do best when interfacing with religious communities is talk about their science and enable a conversation about the implications of that science. — Jennifer Wiseman, Director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion

    Bring world-class science into your classroom with a compelling new video series from AAAS! The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in collaboration with Fourth Line Films, has produced an exciting new video series to spark classroom discussion of forefront science topics:


  • AAAS Retreats Help Seminarians Leverage Science

    AAAS recently hosted three summer enrichment retreats for Christian seminary educators that introduced leading-edge scientific developments, and methods for incorporating science into classrooms, to better equip seminary students to enhance the role of science in their future congregations. The trio of retreats in Maine and Oregon built on the success of AAAS’ Science for Seminaries project and were hosted by AAAS’ Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program.


  • Seminarians See Science as Relevant to Future Ministry

    What do America’s future religious leaders think about science and its relevance for their studies and future ministries? Campus-wide surveys at the theological schools participating in the AAAS “Science for Seminaries” project indicate that while a clear majority of students recognize the value and relevance of science, a large portion of them have never encountered a discussion of science in a seminary course or campus event…


  • Faculty Enrichment Retreats

    Mainline Protestant: (June 20-23) Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine
    Evangelical/Conservative Protestant: (July 18-21) Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Oregon
    Catholic/Orthodox: (August 2-5) Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine

    These faculty enrichment retreats will showcase the work of each project seminary. Designed to be an intimate workshop with seminary peers, mentors, and scientist advisors, each workshop will guide invited attendees in gathering new ideas for enriching theological education with forefront science into their own curriculum design. Working in an ecclesial family group setting, each retreat will balance plenary presentations, workshops, and small group discussions, with time for reflection.

    For more information, go to the event page at or email us at


In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.