Howard University School of Divinity

“Oh So Human, Yet So Divinely Complex: Science and Theology in the Exploration of Human Identity, Community, and Purpose” is the exciting new Science for Seminaries project of Howard University School of Divinity—one of thirteen schools and colleges within Howard University. Throughout the divinity school’s 144-year history, it has shown a special sensitivity to the plight of oppressed peoples in the world and has educated and trained its students for scholarship and service to these communities. African American history, in particular, is often told as a story of the struggle of a people to be recognized as fully human. Today the sciences are raising interesting questions and proposing new ideas about what it means to be human. Through course offerings and campus events, the goal of this initiative is to not only make students more aware of the relevance of the natural sciences to theology, ministry, and spirituality but to also bring together scientists, theological educators, and clergy for conversations on an important topic in science and religion. The divinity school’s focus on the nature and meaning of human life is quite fitting, given the sizable number of scientists at Howard University, the resources of the National Human Genome Center at Howard, and the university’s historic mission of serving African Americans and other peoples of color.

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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.