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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Teaching and Learning in Educational Ministry

This course, taught by Mary A. Love at Hood Theological Seminary, is an exploration of the processes involved in facilitating effective teaching and learning, especially as it impacts spiritual growth. It includes explorations of neuroscience, educational theories, neuromyths, and Jesus- the Master Teacher for the purpose of gaining information to improve the teaching ministry within the Body of Christ. The ultimate goal is to boost effective teaching that raises retention/appropriate recall and appropriate application of what is taught regarding the Christian faith. The course is designed to guide students in the discovery of the necessary essentials for perfecting the art of teaching and enabling learning to occur in persons. Attention will be given biblical guidelines for teaching, neuroscience findings, various learning styles and intelligences, developing lesson plans and crafting effective teaching/learning opportunities. This course will meet the Christian Education graduation requirement and is a part of Area IV: Pastoral Theology where the focus is on preparing persons for various areas of ministry. It also is a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science for Seminaries Project.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Hood Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Teaching and Learning in Educational Ministry
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, memory, cognition, learning, teaching

History of Christianity in the United States

This course, taught by Sharon J. Grant at Hood Theological Seminary, will be structured to understand the distinction and forms of Christianity in the United States of America. We will study how Christianity has developed in the diverse sociohistorical contexts throughout the expansionist project of North America. We will have dialogue and assignments to assess how Christianity is lived currently and how it shapes and influences society. Furthermore, this course will integrate scientific content within several weeks of study to explore the dynamic relationship between the Church and the scientific community. The discovery of the New World by European explorers provided the conditions for the creation of an actual new world and the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries utilized methodology to explain it that often conflicted with the biblical narrative and ecclesiastical hierarchies. A few of these conflicts along with the implications and significance for contemporary society will be explored.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Hood Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: History of Christianity in the United States
  • Tags:
    history of science, science and religion, eugenics

World Christianity in Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives

In this course, taught by Joanne Doi at Catholic Theological Union, students will be introduced to Christianity as the truly global phenomenon it has always been. Students will explore how historical and cultural context shapes religious experience, in general, and how it shapes ways of being Christian, in particular. Special attention will be given to diversity within the Catholic tradition, the diversity of other Christian confessions (i.e. ecumenism), and the ways in which Christian communities have developed and continue to evolve in interaction and relationship with communities of other religious faiths.

Trinity & Mission: The God of Jesus Christ

This course, taught by Antonio Sison at Catholic Theological Union, is an invitation for students to deepen in their understanding of God the Trinity whom Christians witness through their lives. It offers a critical and constructive reflection on the divine Trinitarian communion—a plenitude of self-giving love—in the light of salvation, liberation, and mission. D4100 is informed by the perspectives of the practice of ministry, theological method, the contextual and intercultural nature of theology, and the history of doctrine.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Trinity & Mission: The God of Jesus Christ
  • Tags:
    cosmology, astronomy, Space exploration, theology and cosmology

Theological Anthropology

This course, taught by Daniel P. Horan at Catholic Theological Union, offers an historical and contextual approach to the key themes of theological anthropology including creation, nature, grace, sin, and eschatology, among others. Special attention is given throughout the course to the relationships between theology and science, traditions and cultures, as well as contemporary questions, concerns, and insights about the human person from a Christian perspective in the world church.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Theological Anthropology
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, Anthropology, Biological Evolution, personhood

Survey of Systematic Theology

This course, taught by Robin Ryan at Catholic Theological Union, consists of an overview of the major topics that are treated in systematic theology. Students explore fundamental dimensions of the Judeo-Christian tradition, including: faith and revelation, the mystery of the Triune God, Jesus Christ, creation, Church, ministry, sin and grace, Mary and the saints, and eschatology. The course is designed to offer students a basic introduction to the major historical  developments and contemporary issues related to these themes, each of which is treated in greater detail in other courses.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Survey of Systematic Theology
  • Tags:
    theology and science, faith and science

Spiritual Companioning for Ministry

This course is taught by Christina R. Zaker at Catholic Theological Union. Both in daily life and in explicit ministry, Christians are frequently called upon to offer a companioning presence to people who are struggling with spiritual issues. Students in this course develop an understanding of this “everyday” ministry and practice the skills that will help them exercise it more fruitfully.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Spiritual Companioning for Ministry
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, DNA, trauma, brain development, depression, mental health, stress

Neuroscience, Evolution, and Theology

This course, taught by Scott C. Alexander at Catholic Theological Union, introduces students to the story of what has always been and what will continue to be the critically important relationship between science and theology. It will proceed by constructing a narrative arc comprised of the following six elements: 1) an examination of the history of holistic approaches to “truth” (beginning specifically with the shared kalam tradition of medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) through a focus on the power dynamics of epistemological paradigms and the complex relationship between concepts of “reason” and “revelation” in these paradigms from the medieval period to the post-modern era; 2) an exploration of the challenges posed by leading edge scientific (especially neurological) research into human behavior to traditional religious metaphysics of human personhood and the theological underpinnings of key legal concepts such as mitigated free will; 3) a review of what recent neuroscientific research reveals about the nature of punishment, the biological effects of poverty and the implications of this research for theologies of criminal and social justice; 4) a review of what neuroscience teaches us about us/theming as a basic human behavior and what the implications of this knowledge might be for theologies of “otherness” and “othering”; 5) a brief inquiry into the theological implications of psychiatric research into individual identity formation teaches us about group identity formation and especially the difference between adaptive and maladaptive models of leadership in group identity formation and maintenance; and finally 6) what an accounting for the neuroscience of human behavior tells us about the telos of theological education in the early 21st century CE.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Neuroscience, Evolution, and Theology
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, behavioral sciences, free will, personhood, social justice, criminal justice

Liturgy: Principles and Practices

This course, taught by Anne McGowan at Catholic Theological Union, introduces ritual, ecclesial, theological, and practical foundations of liturgy and liturgical celebrations in preparation for ministry in diverse pastoral and cultural contexts.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Liturgy: Principles and Practices
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, psychology, science and religion, ecology, church worship, music

Introduction to the Christian Spiritual Life

This course, taught by C. Vanessa White at Catholic Theological Union, is an introduction to Christian spirituality and the practices and values that comprise it. The course offers a survey of the components that are included in the five aspects of the spiritual journey: context, participants, content, process and aspiration. These will be considered in both their traditional and contemporary expression. This course will also address current scientific studies on spiritual practice and the spiritual life. Each class session will begin with a period of prayer and lecture that includes time for critical reflection of a spiritual practice that was assigned the previous week, followed by lecture that focuses on the specific module. Other teaching/learning strategies include online group discussions, participation in a group spiritual practice/event and a final paper/oral interview/or presentation.


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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.