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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Faith and Science

This course 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 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

Christian Theology

Key tenets and central doctrines of the Christian faith. Special focus on Biblical foundations, historical developments, theological method, and major controversies and confessions.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Regent University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Christian Theology
  • Tags:
    history of science, Christian theology, life sciences, evangelical, conservative protestant

Church Issues in Science and Technology

This course examines issues and opportunities facing the church today in theology, ethics, and apologetics related to modern science and technology.

  • Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Syllabus: Church Issues in Science and Technology
  • Tags:
    cosmology, ethics, science and religion, technology, biology, evangelical, conservative protestant, general theology

THE Emergence of the Image: Human Evolution from Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives

This course brings into dialogue four approaches to human origins for the sake of understanding what it means to be human. To understand human emergence, biological evolution, paleoanthropology, philosophical anthropology and theological anthropology all have a part to play, because understanding is achieved only when many points-of-view are unified in a way that respects the competence and autonomy of each.

Issues in the Doctrines of Creation and Anthropology

An analysis of the scientific, biblical, theological, historical, and ethical foundations for incorporating creation care as an integral component of a Christian worldview.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Syllabus: Issues in the Doctrines of Creation and Anthropology
  • Tags:
    theology, Anthropology, science and religion, environmental science, ecology, evangelical, conservative protestant, creation care

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


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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.