Science for Seminaries Resources

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.

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Philosophical Antropology

This course, taught by Jeremy W. Blackwood at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, is a philosophical examination of the human person. Its particular topics include: the mind-body problem, personal identity, free will, and the human search for meaning. Special attention is given to contemporary challenges to Christian views on these issues.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: Philosophical Antrhopology Syllabus
  • Tags:
    human identity, To Be Human, being human, free will, mind-body problem

Biomedical Ethics

This course, taught by James W. Stroud at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, examines biomedical ethics from a Catholic theological perspective with attention to its main principles and concepts. It considers select beginning of life and end of life issues that focus on contemporary challenges for Catholic health care and its pastoral implications.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Health & Wellness
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: Biomedical Ethics Syllabus
  • Tags:
    Health Sciences, biomedical ethics, end of life, healthcare, abortion

Trinity and Creation

This course, taught by Jeremy Blackwood at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, introduces the student to the vast heritage of the Judeo-Christian experience of, and reflection on, God and creation. It treats of the principle conceptions of God as found in the Bible and in magisterial documents, as well as in patristic, medieval, and contemporary theological speculations. It gives special attention to the doctrine of the Trinity.

Put succinctly, the course will review (1) what Christianity has affirmed to be true about God as triune; (2) the grounds for that affirmation in the development of Judaism and Christianity; and (3) how that affirmation can be both understood and made pastorally relevant in a contemporary context.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: Trinity and Creation Syllabus
  • Tags:
    evolution, cosmology, origins of universe, human evolution, theology and cosmology

Fundamental Theology

This course, taught by Steven Shippee at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, introduces the fundamental issues and categories of the science of theology and its methodology. It includes a consideration of divine revelation, the virtue of faith, the development of doctrine, and the nature of magisterial authority.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: Fundamental Theology Syllabus
  • Tags:
    history of science, Philosophy of Science, science and religion, theology and science

The Catholic Church in America

Following the Program of Priestly Formation (5th ed., §210), this course, taught by Paul G. Monson at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, examines “America” as a hemispheric reality and charts the development of the Church in the United States from its colonial roots to its most recent immigrant growth. Topics include trusteeism, immigration, slavery, ultramontanism, Americanism, science and Modernism, Catholic Action, religious liberty, Vatican II, and the sexual abuse crisis. The course further highlights the histories of local parishes and the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the United States.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: The Catholic Church in America Syllabus
  • Tags:
    history of science

History of Church Universal II

This course, taught by Paul G. Monson at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, realizes the Program of Priestly Formation’s vision that graduate seminaries should include “courses on the history of the Church universal” that further emphasize her “multicultural origins,” her “ecumenical context,” and the “lives of [her] saints” (5th ed., §210). Adopting this framework, this course (1) examines the complex, intercultural development of the Church after 1500, (2) charts tension and dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, and (3) explores the biographies of her modern saints. It further highlights the development of the papacy, the role of modern religious communities, and, per a “Science for Seminaries” Grant, the relationship between faith and modern science.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • Syllabus: History of Church Universal II Syllabus
  • Tags:
    history of science, Philosophy of Science, science and religion, theology and science

Christian Ethics

This course, taught by Steve McCormick at Nazarene Theological Seminary, intends to show how Christian virtue arises materially from the theological/doctrinal convictions of the Christian faith. This course will show how philosophical ethics has helped to define theological ethics, but it will also show that the Christian virtues are more fully understood and practiced in light of the faith claims of the Church. Therefore, this course will argue that Christian doctrine and Christian virtue need to be understood together in Christian ethics. This course will assist in learning how to ‘formulate’ and ‘implement’ ethical norms within the Christian faith. This course will show how the Church has and should engage major moral/ethical concerns within the context of its witness of faith in the world and will explore a range of possible issues such as human sexuality, bioethics, justice, and war.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Christian Ethics Syllabus
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, philosophy, neuroethics

Core Relationships for Christian Ministry

This course, taught by Douglas Hardy and Judith Schwanz at Nazarene Theological Seminary, enables new students to examine and strengthen their core relationships for Christian ministry—with self, with others, and with God. Through deepened self-understanding, increased capacity for love of others, and adoption of personal & professional disciplines, students are equipped to become whole and holy persons for ministry. Within the framework of a pastoral theology of the Church, the course provides instruction and guidance for discernment of ministerial callings (vocation), and formulation of a Rule of Life and Philosophy of Ministry.

Fundamental Theology

This course, taught by Emery de Gaál at Mundelein Seminary, examines the foundations of faith and theology. It considers the religious nature of humankind, theories of revelation and faith, the development of the Christian tradition and its role in Christian life, the inspiration of scripture, and the relationship of Christianity to other religions.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Mundelein Seminary
  • Syllabus: Fundamental Theology Syllabus
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, Cognitive Science of Religion, cognitive science

Anthropology, Creation, Grace and Eschatology

This course, taught by Ronald T. Kunkel at Mundelein Seminary, will treat the Christian understanding of the origin and destiny of the universe and humanity. Encompassing the major themes of creation, the human person, sin, grace and eschatology, we will carefully consider topics such as the image of God, freedom, the doctrine of Original Sin, the theology of grace, justification and merit, death, judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory.


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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.