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Curricular resources from the Science for Seminaries project have been developed by partner institutions and a series of educational science videos has been produced by AAAS for classroom use. Project resources are searchable by topic, resource type, ecclesial family, seminary, and core curriculum area. Use the filtering tool at right to explore the archive. For more information about curricular resources, please contact the school(s) that produced those resources. For more information about the “Science: The Wide Angle” film series or the Science for Seminaries resource archive, email us at doser@aaas.org.

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Intro to Christian Ethics

This introductory course gives students a spectrum of theological, biblical, and neuroscientific resources for studying ethical reflections in the Christian West. The course pays particular attention to the ethical reflections of four formative figures in the Christian tradition -Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Schleiermacher.

  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Ethics
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Intro to Christian Ethics
  • Tags:
    Christian Ethics, neuroscience, ethics

Theology and Emotions

This seminar uses movies, music, theater, liturgical theory, affective neuroscientific research and affective theological studies to retrieve the lost emotional foundation of liberal faith. Students use insights gained from this multidisciplinary work to create an in-class presentation of a new liturgical strategy that can uplift the heart of liberal faith in Christian services.

  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Theology and Emotions
  • Tags:
    theology, pastoral theology, psychology

Systematic Theology II

This course is the second semester of a two semester exposition and exploration of Christian theology. It deals with major Christian doctrines, their meaning, coherence, and interpretation.

  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Syllabus: Systematic Theology II
  • Tags:
    history of science, theology, eschayology, systematic theology

Torah and Prophets: Exodus – 2 Kings

This course studies the Old Testament as Christian Scripture by examining Exodus through 2 Kings with a focus on the women and men who formed and preserved Israel. The prophets and prophetic books that relate to this period will also be read and interpreted.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Torah and Prophets
  • Tags:
    evolution, cosmology, Hebrew Bible

Thinking and Interpreting Theologically

This course aims to expand students’ competence in biblical interpretation and theological reflection. Students will develop a deeper understanding of theological study as formative spiritual discipline essential to shaping the mind and heart for ministry praxis and cultural engagement. Within this framework, students will consider historical and contemporary approaches to biblical interpretation, analysis of trends in contemporary church and culture, and theological tensions affecting the church and its mission in North America and other parts of the world.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Thinking and Interpreting Theologically
  • Tags:
    evolution, Philosophy of Science, Social Sciences

Theology and Cosmology

This course will explore the significance of developing a properly theological interpretation of modern cosmology.

  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Theology and Cosmology
  • Tags:
    evolution, theology, cosmology, quantum mechanics

Theological Anthropology

The Christian gospel offers a particular and inspiring vision of the human person. This vision is grounded upon the person and work of Jesus Christ and is enlivened by the gift of the Spirit. The purpose of Christian theological anthropology is to explore the mystery of the human person in light of this divine self-communication through Christ and the Spirit. It seeks to convey what it means to be a Christian humanist, a notion that can perplex a contemporary audience that often sets in opposition the terms “Christian” and “humanist,” and increasingly turns to the natural sciences for guidance on what it means to be human. In contrast to the contemporary, culturally influential scientism, Christian philosophical reflection understands inquiry into religion and the humanum to be mutually beneficial. Christian theological anthropology, moreover, believes them to be intimately united. This course will examine the possibility and meaning of the idea of Christian humanism by reflecting on the basic dimensions of human existence and asking what light the person of Jesus Christ sheds on this reality.

  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Theological Anthropology
  • Tags:
    evolution, neuroscience, physics, theological anthropology

Statistics and Research Evaluation

This course covers basic statistics and research methods in counselling and marriage and family therapy.  This includes an overview of basic quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in clinical research, an exploration of program evaluation and evidence-based practice, and an introduction to ethical issues in research.  Emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate and critique published research, rather than how to conduct research.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Statistics and Research Evaluation
  • Tags:
    psychology, Research Methods, statistics

What Does Science Prove?: Topics at the Intersection of Science and Religion

This course aims to develop both a better understanding of the world through studying a rich array of empirical research and a better understanding of key theological claims, particularly those that have an empirical component. Some of the themes that we investigate in this course include: the origins of the universe, cognitive psychology of religious belief, human uniqueness and immortality, artificial intelligence, moral responsibility and neuroscience, and the historical Adam.

  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: What Does Science Prove?
  • Tags:
    history of science, theology, cosmology, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Psychology

Spiritual Formation Foundations

Biblical, historical, and theological aspects of Christian formation, including the holistic and other models, as these are practically applied to personal life and ministry contexts.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Seminaries: Regent University School of Divinity
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Spiritual Formation Foundations
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, Health Sciences


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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.