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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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.

  • 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, science and religion, catholic, orthodox, physics and cosmos

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.

  • 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, science and religion, conservative protestant, physics and cosmos

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.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Syllabus: Research Writing & the Ministry of Scholarship
  • Tags:
    science and religion, Research Methods, Social Sciences, Research Ethics, evangelical, conservative protestant, research writing

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.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Being Human
  • Tags:
    evolution, Anthropology, social science, theological anthropology, life sciences, evangelical, conservative protestant, human dignity, being human

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.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Apologetics and World Religions
  • Tags:
    evolution, science and religion, biochemistry, cell biology, evangelical, conservative protestant, apologetics, worldview, history of world religions

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.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Syllabus: Christian Apologetics
  • Tags:
    philosophy, Christian theology, Philosophy of Religion, evangelical, conservative protestant, general theology, christian apologetics

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.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Syllabus: Protestant Theologians
  • Tags:
    history of science, Church History, Philosophy of Science, evangelical, conservative protestant, protestant theologians, christian ministry

Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond

Course Description

This one-credit course explores the history of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial as it occurred in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. The trial took place after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) convinced Dayton public school teacher, John Scopes, to intentionally violate the Tennessee anti-evolution law in order to provoke a legal confrontation.

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  • Course Categories: Church History, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond
  • Tags:
    evolution, Scopes Trial, creationism, history of science, Darwinism, Church & Society

Foundations of Christian Ethics

Course Description

This course is a survey of major themes, topics, and methods of contemporary Christian ethics. During the survey, we will explore how a particular method may shape one’s ethical analysis and evaluation with respect to various ethical issues, both practical and theoretical.

Particular attention is to be given to the source of moral knowledge, the justification of moral beliefs, human nature, and the place of religious conviction in politics.

  • Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Tags:
    evolution, Christian Ethics, human nature, moral psychology, neuroscience, theology, science and religion, brain and mind, mainline protestant, life sciences

God and the Cosmos

Course Description

When did it all begin? How vast is it? Why is it expanding? Will it ever end? What is our place in it? These big questions about the nature of the cosmos have been around as far as the history of human beings goes, and both science and religion have been proposing cosmological theories about them. In this course, students will explore scientific facts and theories about the cosmos, while thinking about their implications for theology.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: God and the Cosmos
  • Tags:
    theology, cosmology, cosmogony, cosmos, astronomy, field trips, science and religion, mainline protestant, physics and cosmos


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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.