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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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Cosmology: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological

This is an introductory course in cosmology for seminarians. It is team taught by a philosopher and a theologian. By ‘cosmology’ we mean the study of the universe considered as a whole together with the study of its principle parts and operations.

  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Cosmology: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological
  • Tags:
    history of science, theology, cosmology, philosophy

Big History, the Big Bang, and the Big Book: The History of Science Meets the Tradition of Christianity

In Big History, the Big Bang, and the Big Book, we will explore the intersection between the history of mainstream science and the beliefs of evangelical Christianity. As we look at each of the major branches of science, we will do so with an eye toward understanding how it impacts the thought and practice of Protestant evangelicalism.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Big History, the Big Bang, and the Big Book
  • Tags:
    history of science, Church History, genetics, astrophysics, Biological Evolution

Research Writing & the Ministry of Scholarship

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of academic scholarship, research, writing, and teaching. This objective is situated within a more general attempt to help students discern and prepare for their own contribution to the ministry of Christian scholarship.

Being Human

What is a human being? What does it mean to be a human person? Is there a purpose to human life? Do human beings have intrinsic dignity? Does human life extend beyond death? This course will explore these and other important questions concerning human existence.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Being Human
  • Tags:
    evolution, Anthropology, social science, theological anthropology

Apologetics and World Religions

This course is an introduction to the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of Christian Apologetics. It includes an examination of various apologetic methodologies. Attention is given to defending the Christian worldview in response to the challenges of the 21st century. This course also surveys the history, worldview, and theology of major world religions. It also includes a critical evaluation of these religions from a biblical perspective in order to develop a Christian response to them and site visits, where possible, to various houses of worship.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Apologetics and World Religions
  • Tags:
    evolution, biochemistry, cell biology

Christian Apologetics

An introduction to apologetics that surveys recent scholarship regarding the justification of the truth claims of Christianity and that provides practical ways to use apologetics in evangelism.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Syllabus: Christian Apologetics
  • Tags:
    philosophy, Christian theology, Philosophy of Religion

Protestant Theologians

This course explores the theology and influence of key figures that have shaped the Protestant and evangelical tradition from Luther, Calvin, and the early Anabaptists to Karl Barth, Lesslie Newbigin, Stanley Grenz, and Miroslav Volf. It also looks at the key theological issues that animate the Protestant and evangelical theological tradition—e.g., justification, atonement, and Scripture. Though a theology course, it considers how theological issues shape our understanding of Christian spirituality and ministry.

  • Ecclesial Families: Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Syllabus: Protestant Theologians
  • Tags:
    history of science, Church History, Philosophy of Science

Science and the Soul Seminar

“Maimonides says religious people who have no awareness of science — he talks about astronomy in particular — are like people walking around the palace of the king who can’t find the gate. You really need science to enter the gate.”
—Howard Smith, senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center

Dr. Smith was one of many science presenters at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College’s winter seminar January 23- 26, 2017. The seminar, “Science and the Soul,” was a unique collaboration between the rabbinical school AAAS. As DoSER Associate Program Director Se Kim explained, “The science for Rabbinical Training is an extension of DoSER’s science for seminaries effort, which arose in response to the recognition that many people look to their religious leaders for guidance on the societal and contemporary issues brought by forefront scientific discoveries.”

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  • Ecclesial Families: Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, cosmology, astronomy, physics, ethics, health, Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training, technology, quantum mechanics, epigenetics, nuclear weapons, physiology

Are We Still Special If We Are Not Alone?

In this webinar for our Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training project, organized in collaboration with Sinai and Synapses, hosted by Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, MIT  astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager discusses possibilities for exploration of the night sky. What does the discovery of the possibly habitable exoplanets around Trappist-1 mean? What could we be seeing out there when we look at the night sky? And how might this change our idea of our existence in the grand scheme of things?

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  • Ecclesial Families: Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, Physics and Cosmos
  • Tags:
    astronomy, Exoplanets, Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training, Trappist-1

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.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcripts


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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.