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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Power and Privilege: A Theology and the Science of Change

This course, taught by Beth Tanner at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, explores the biblical, theological, social, psychological, spiritual, and physical impact of racism, xenophobia, sexism, classism, and homophobia on American society, with an earnest focus on pastoral and ministerial leadership and intervention around these critical matters. It surveys biblical responses to racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, etc. Also, the course engages in self-reflection as the process of demonstrating a practice of self-examination and self-evaluation around issues of race and racism, sexism, and gender identity.

  • Course Categories: General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Health & Wellness, Social Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Power and Privilege: A Theology and the Science of Change
  • Tags:
    health, psychology, spirituality, wellbeing, racism, xenophobia, sexism, classism, homophobia

Framing a Theology of Prophetic Urban Ministry

In this course, taught by Janice McLean-Farrell at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, students will begin to lay the foundation for an integral, liberating, and transformative theology of prophetic urban ministry through interdisciplinary reading and critical reflection, along with on-the-street engagement of contemporary events. An examination of 21st-century urban contexts and ministry strategies employed in these contexts will also be explored, particularly in light of the biblical injunction to “seek the welfare of the city.”

  • Course Categories: General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Technology & AI, Social Sciences
  • Seminaries: New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Framing a Theology of Prophetic Urban Ministry
  • Tags:
    technology, race, science education, urban ministry, inequality, gender, socioeconomic status

Systematic Theology

This course, taught by JoAnne Marie Terrell at Chicago Theological Seminary, goes over the nature of theological thinking and theological method. After completing the course in Systematic Theology, students should be able to: 1. Employ basic theological vocabulary; 2. Outline historical shifts in the elucidation of Western Christianity; 3. Identify major doctrines commonly held within ecumenical Christianity and 4. Compare these to the basic doctrinal positions in Judaism and/or Islam; and 5. Summarize the major writings of a principal interpreter of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Systematic Theology
  • Tags:
    ethics, spirituality, scientific method, scientific process

Introduction to Christian Ethics

This course, taught by Christophe Ringer at Chicago Theological Seminary, is a critical introduction to moral discernment from a theological perspective. In particular, this course will focus on the theological diversity found within the Christian tradition with an emphasis on Christian social ethics. Throughout the course an emphasis will be placed on identifying their respective understanding of moral contexts, moral norms and moral fulfillment.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Technology & AI
  • Seminaries: Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Tags:
    transhumanism, ethics, technology, being human, artificial intelligence

Biblical Interpretation Exploring Genesis

Students in this course, taught by Karen Winslow or Moises Lopez, are introduced to the Old Testament and the inductive method of interpretation through an exploration of the book of Genesis, practicing close readings of the text and paying attention to genre and historical and literary contexts. Course material also helps seminarians participate in the dialogue between science and Scripture, including theological discussions about the origins of the physical universe and humankind.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Azusa Pacific Seminary
  • Syllabus: Biblical Interpretation Exploring Genesis
  • Tags:
    evolution, astronomy, cell biology, galaxies, planets, microbiology, space

Church History II

This course, taught by Brian Lugioyo at Azusa Pacific Seminary, covers major theological movements within the Christian church, from the Reformation to the present. Consideration is given to major theologians and their works and significant developments in the history of the modern church (including the movement of Methodism as well as the rise of modern science).

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Azusa Pacific Seminary
  • Syllabus: Church History II
  • Tags:
    evolution, creationism, astronomy, Church History, Christian History, physics, genetics, geology, environment

The Medieval Church and the Reformation

This course, taught by Fr. Luke Dysinger at St. John’s Seminary, will introduce the history, theology, and spirituality of the Christian Church from the rise of Charlemagne (c. 800) to the Council of Trent (1563). This course will provide an overview of both the theological and spiritual traditions of the Medieval Church through the time of the Catholic Reformation, culminating in the Council of Trent. The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Christian thought during this period will be highlighted through study of primary sources from the Jewish, Roman, Greek, Celtic, Anglo- European, Slavic, Middle-Eastern (Syriac), and Egyptian (Coptic) traditions. In order to profit from the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student body, students are encouraged to bring to classroom discussion the early and medieval origins of their cultural traditions: including, for example, the theological, liturgical, and spiritual emphases that distinguish Western Catholicism from Eastern traditions such as the Maronite, Chaldean, Melchite, Malabar, and Ruthenian churches.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: St. John's Seminary
  • Syllabus: The Medieval Church and the Reformation
  • Tags:
    Church History, Christian History, medieval science, Renaissance science

Theology I Online

This course, taught by Ken Keathley at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will provide students with a working knowledge of the theological topics prolegomena, revelation, theology proper, providence, humanity, and hamartiology.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Theology I Online
  • Tags:
    history of science, science and religion, faith and science, creation

Science, Faith and Healing in the History of Christianity and African Diasporic Religion

This project and course, convened by Sharon J. Grant at Hood Theological Seminary, is designed to integrate scientific theory and theological inquiry to explore humanity’s universal quest for healing and well-being. This interdisciplinary approach will occur in a cultural setting outside of the North American context. Guest lecturers who are experts in science, theology will engage the students with content that probes the fecundity of interconnectivity at the nexus of science, faith and healing in the life of the non-Western Christian church.

Transhumanism and the Imago Dei: The History of the Church and Technology

This course, taught by Sharon J. Grant at Hood Theological Seminary, explores the issues that are facing the church in its technological present and transhumanist future. Transhumanism points to the power to transform humanity through technology and the creation of artificial intelligence or AI. What theological insights and spiritual practices has the Church adopted as technological innovation reshaped society in the past? How might the Church adapt them in the current challenge of living in a world dominated by technology without being dominated by its values? This course will use readings, film and guest lectures to prompt our discussion on these ideas.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: Technology & AI
  • Seminaries: Hood Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Transhumanism and the Imago Dei
  • Tags:
    transhumanism, Church History, technology, race, Afrofuturism


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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.