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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Science and the Soul Seminar

“Maimonides says religious people who have no awareness of science — he talks about astronomy in particular — are like people walking around the palace of the king who can’t find the gate. You really need science to enter the gate.”
—Howard Smith, senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center

Dr. Smith was one of many science presenters at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College’s winter seminar January 23- 26, 2017. The seminar, “Science and the Soul,” was a unique collaboration between the rabbinical school AAAS. As DoSER Associate Program Director Se Kim explained, “The science for Rabbinical Training is an extension of DoSER’s science for seminaries effort, which arose in response to the recognition that many people look to their religious leaders for guidance on the societal and contemporary issues brought by forefront scientific discoveries.”

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  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, cosmology, astronomy, physics, ethics, health, Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training, technology, quantum mechanics, epigenetics, nuclear weapons, physiology, science and the soul

Are We Still Special If We Are Not Alone?

In this webinar for our Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training project, organized in collaboration with Sinai and Synapses, hosted by Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, MIT  astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager discusses possibilities for exploration of the night sky. What does the discovery of the possibly habitable exoplanets around Trappist-1 mean? What could we be seeing out there when we look at the night sky? And how might this change our idea of our existence in the grand scheme of things?

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  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, Physics and Cosmos
  • Tags:
    astronomy, Exoplanets, science and religion, Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training, Trappist-1, physics and cosmos, jewish

Final Report

In this final report, we summarize the activities and findings from the pilot Science for Seminaries project, in which several theological training institutions  introduced scientific content in practical ways into their core educational programs.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, Church History, Ethics, General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Report: Final Report

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

Philosophy of Human Nature

Course Description

The nature of the human person is a hotly debated subject among scientists, philosophers, and theologians. As science and technology advance, they seem to raise more questions than they answer about the nature of the human person. This course probes the question of what the human person essentially is, engaging with a number of scientific, philosophical, and theological perspectives. What is a human person? Is the human person merely a biological organism? Is life after death possible? What is the nature of personal identity? What is the relationship between mind and body? How is consciousness possible? We will carefully consider a number of different views on these questions.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Tags:
    evolution, human nature, neuroscience, philosophy, transhumanism, mainline protestant, consciousness, personal identity

Christian History

Through this introductory course, students will:

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  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Christian History
  • Tags:
    Church History, Christian History, Theological debates, physics

Myth and Scripture: Genesis 1–11

Course Description

This seminar explores ancient Near Eastern myths of creation; Genesis 1–11 as an ancient Israelite text; Genesis 1–11 in the history of interpretation as scripture; and Genesis 1–11 in relation to contemporary evolutionary biology, geology, creationism, and theology.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Myth and Scripture: Genesis 1–11
  • Tags:
    evolution, creationism, Darwinism, cosmogony, Genesis, animal ethics, science and religion, mainline protestant, biblical studies, myth and scripture

Neuroethics

Course Description

This course introduces students to central philosophical and ethical issues in neuroethics. In this course we explore two main areas of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics and the ethics of neuroscience. The neuroscience of ethics re-examines traditional philosophical ideas and issues through the lens of cognitive science, seeking to ground ethics on empirical science. The ethics of neuroscience investigates the ethical implications of the application of neuroscience and neurotechnology in medicine, law, and religion.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Neuroethics
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, philosophy, transhumanism, ethics, morality, brain and mind, mainline protestant, neuroethics, neurotechnology


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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.