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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Introduction to Moral Theology

This course, taught by Dawn M. Nothwehr at Catholic Theological Union, will examine the foundations of the Christian moral life. It begins with a brief historical overview of the Vatican II shift in moral theology which provides a contextual basis for understanding contemporary Catholic moral theology and ethical methods. This will be followed by an examination of methods used in moral theology and concepts that are fundamental to the discipline of moral theology including freedom and moral agency, moral norms, and moral reasoning as well as the place of Scripture, tradition, and authority in moral decision making. Special consideration will be given to contributions of the science-theology dialogue with neuroscience in understanding moral development, capability, and culpability. Consideration will be given to both the private and public dimensions of moral decision-making as well as the richness of the tradition as a source for moral wisdom.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Catholic Theological Union
  • Syllabus: Introduction to Moral Theology
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, ethics, morality, consciousness, cognition, brain development, intelligence

Trauma and Theology

This course, taught by Christina Conroy at Ambrose Seminary, is an interdisciplinary study of trauma and theology. The course addresses the unique challenges that the phenomenon of trauma poses to classical and contemporary Christian theology, and the insights of particular Canadian experiences of and research on trauma. These studies will deepen the student’s ability, as a theologian, to respond to the complex challenges confronting traumatized persons and communities.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Syllabus: Trauma and Theology
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, epigenetics, memory, trauma

Personal Formation and Development

This course, taught by Mark Buchanan at Ambrose Seminary, helps the student develop a rule of life that fits their personality, season of life, and unique situation. It explores the nature and goal of spiritual formation, as well examines our rich inheritance of spiritual practices from Scripture and church history. The student will also be asked to undertake an intensive study of one biblical or historical figure in light of that individual’s spiritual formation (and, if warranted, deformation). Overall, the emphasis will be on the student cultivating increasing Christ-likeness expressed through their God-given personality.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Syllabus: Personal Formation and Development
  • Tags:
    spirituality, faith and science

Teaching and Learning

This course, taught by Arch Wong at Ambrose Seminary, uses group and experiential learning to provide participants with growing confidence in their identity as communicators in diverse teaching situations, aware of the diversities in learners and instructional methodologies relevant to Christian educational ministry.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Syllabus: Teaching and Learning
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, behavioral sciences, plasticity, brain and mind, theology and emotions, memory

A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Hope

This course, taught by Beth Stovell at Ambrose Seminary, discusses suffering and hope. Suffering is experienced both individually and in communities all over the world. How does Scripture help us to understand the nature of suffering and how to respond to suffering? How is the Christian hope understood in light of suffering? This course will explore how Scripture addresses these questions. Examining the powerful message of the Old and New Testaments will demonstrate the continuing impact of the Bible’s picture of suffering and hope for the Church today, for our spiritual lives, and for the world.

Pentateuch

This course, taught by Beth Stovell at Ambrose Seminary, is an introduction to Old Testament studies and exegetical skills through the study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Syllabus: Pentateuch
  • Tags:
    evolution, Biological Evolution, evolutionary developmental biology

Patristic Church I

This course, taught by Andrew Chronister at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is a general survey of the history of the church in the Patristic period with special attention to the seminal contributions of the Fathers and a sense of the importance of Councils, the authentic Traditions of the Church, and the development of Doctrine in the history of the Church.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: Archaeology
  • Seminaries: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Syllabus: Patristic Church I
  • Tags:
    Christian History, History, archaeology

Biblical Archaeology

This course, taught by Charles K. Samson at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is an expansive, thorough, and experienced introduction into the historical world of the Bible, with a view towards explaining—in both a classroom setting and, especially, in situ—the Sacred Scriptures in the light of important archaeological discoveries and considerations that provide a uniquely fruitful context for the word of God’s robust interpretation and incorporation into the seminarians’ lives of study, prayer, and future priestly ministry.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Archaeology
  • Seminaries: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Syllabus: Biblical Archaeology
  • Tags:
    Christian History, History, archaeology

Philosophical Anthropology

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 Anthropology 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


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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.