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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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, taught by Dominic Doyle at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 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.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Theological Anthropology
  • Tags:
    evolution, neuroscience, physics, Anthropology, theological anthropology, brain and mind

Statistics and Research Evaluation

This course, taught by Howard G. Andersen at the Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University, 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.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Statistics and Research Evaluation
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, pastoral theology, psychology, Research Methods, statistics, brain and mind, evangelical, conservative protestant

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

This course, taught by Beth A. Rath at Borromeo Seminary, 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.

  • 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, neuroscience, theology, cosmology, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Psychology, life sciences, catholic, orthodox, physics and cosmos

Spiritual Formation Foundations

This course, taught at Regent University School of Divinity, discusses 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.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Regent University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Spiritual Formation Foundations
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, science and religion, Health Sciences, life sciences, conservative protestant

Metaphysics

This course, taught by Michael E. Rombeiro at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, aims to teach its students to understand the central problems in classical metaphysics and the solutions proposed by some of the major philosophers of the ancient and medieval periods.

  • Course Categories: Philosophy
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Metaphysics
  • Tags:
    evolution, astronomy, Philosophy of Religion, biology, life sciences, catholic, orthodox, metaphysics

Pentateuch

This course is taught at Asbury Theological Seminary. Pentateuch is a study of Genesis through Deuteronomy. It builds on the methodology of the first Inductive Biblical Studies course by further use of what has been previously learned and by emphasizing the study of books as wholes.  Accordingly, there is special focus on the initial survey of books as wholes, the interpretation of parts of books in the context of the book as a whole and the synthesis of the book.  In addition, attention is given to thinking, valuing, and living biblically by placing individual passages within their larger canonical contexts and by learning how to apply Scripture to life and ministry.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Pentateuch
  • Tags:
    cosmology, astronomy, physics, biblical studies, evangelical, conservative protestant, physics and cosmos, pentateuch

Fundamentals of Science at the Foundations of Science

This course, taught at Mundelein Seminary, will familiarize pre-theologians with several important foci of contemporary research, preparing them to understand and articulate the significance of such knowledge for their theological studies, spiritual formation, and pastoral ministry.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Foundations of Science
  • Tags:
    history of science, genetics, quantum mechanics

Early Modern Christianity

This course, taught at Regent University School of Divinity, discusses historical developments of the Church, with special emphasis on renewal movements and the history of Christian thought from the Reformation (sixteenth century) until the eighteenth century.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Regent University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Early Modern Christianity
  • Tags:
    Church History, Health Sciences, evangelical, conservative protestant, early modern christianity

Faith and Science

This course, taught by Fr. Sergius Halvorsen at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, investigates the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and scientific inquiry. Students will critically reflect on the historical emergence of science as a discipline distinct from theology, and how major discoveries in the natural sciences have shaped the discourse concerning Christianity in public life. Topics covered in the class include: cosmology; evolution; genetics; classical and quantum physics; sociology; medicine; neurobiology and the science of consciousness. Students will consider how scientific discovery affects theological understanding, and how Christian faith guides the application of science and technology. Providing students with a foundation in scientific discourse, this course will also give students an opportunity to craft Orthodox Christian apologetics.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Faith and Science
  • Tags:
    evolution, history of science, neuroscience, cosmology, technology, quantum mechanics, ecology, bioethics, catholic, orthodox, faith and science

Care for the Earth: Ethics and the Environment

This course, taught by Dawn M. Nothwehr and Mark J. Potosnak at Catholic Theological Union, is an interdisciplinary basic introduction to environmental ethics from the perspective of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Various environmental ethics methods are explored, however, this course will focus on an inductive virtue ethics methodology. Through the study of themes found in biblical texts; Christian doctrinal sources; and Christian ethics sources and norms, we will expose a Catholic moral vision for sustainable living, and action on behalf of environmental justice. In particular, theological and ethics sources from the Franciscan school and Catholic Social Teaching on environmental responsibility will be studied.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Syllabus: Care for the Earth
  • Tags:
    ethics, science and religion, environmental science, environmental ethics, catholic, orthodox, care for the earth


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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.