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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New Frontiers in Spirituality

This course, taught by Michael Birkel at Bethany Theological Seminary, explores the expanding frontiers of contemporary spirituality beyond conventional religious boundaries, including the phenomenon of spiritual independence or “spiritual but not religious.” The course looks at spiritual practices such as kabbalah and mindfulness, both within their historical communities of origin and outside them, as a dimension of a universalist spirituality. The course also examines the ethics of borrowing from traditions not one’s own, at the rise of multiple religious identities, and at new efforts at interspiritual dialogue and cooperation.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: New Frontiers in Spirituality Syllabus
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, spirituality

Mission in Cultural and Religious Contexts

This class, taught by Boubakar Sanou at Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary, explores missiological principles with an emphasis on the cultural and religious context, the development of cultural sensitivity, and cross-cultural communication skills for Christian witness.

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Seventh-Day Adventist Theology Seminary at Andrews University
  • Syllabus: Mission in Cultural and Religious Contexts Syllabus
  • Tags:
    social psychology, missions, culture, intercultural communication

Introduction to Theological Reflection

This course, taught by Nate Inglis at Bethany Theological Seminary, introduces theology as a practice of creative and critical reflection on humanity, the world, God, and Jesus from a faith perspective. In this class, perennial theological themes are placed in dialogue with insights from the natural sciences and current social justice issues that challenge Christian communities today. By connecting the theological tradition with science and social justice, students consider how to reflect on and express faith in an informed dialogue with other fields of study that are essential to a holistic understanding of our world today.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Introduction to Theological Reflection Syllabus
  • Tags:
    history of science, human nature, theology, cosmology, ecology, social and racial justice, gender and feminism

History of Christianity II

This course, taught by Denise Kettering-Lane at Bethany Theological Seminary, continues the overview of the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present.  Topics of study include the Magisterial Reformation, the Radical Reformation, Roman Catholic reform, Protestant Orthodoxy, Pietism and the Evangelical Awakening, the impact of Enlightenment rationalism, missionary expansion, Protestant liberalism and fundamentalism, the ecumenical movement, Christianity in developing countries, and Christian decline in the industrialized West. 

  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: History of Christianity II Syllabus
  • Tags:
    history of science

Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology

This course, taught by Denis Kaiser at Seventh-Day Adventist School of Theology at Andrews University, deals with the origin and subsequent modification of characteristic Seventh-day Adventist teachings in such areas as the Sabbath, sanctuary, atonement, covenants, creation, conditional immortality, worship, typology, eschatology, Christology, and righteousness by faith.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Seventh-Day Adventist Theology Seminary at Andrews University
  • Syllabus: Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology Syllabus
  • Tags:
    creationism, Church History, eschayology, sabbath, trinity

Christian Leadership in a Changing World

This course, taught by David Penno at Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, explores biblical and theological principles of Christian leadership, organizational theory, and systems thinking appropriate to the church and seeks to instill servant leadership qualities in students. Additionally, it facilitates growth in administrative areas such as strategic planning, managing change, finance, Christian education, and conflict management.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Seventh-Day Adventist Theology Seminary at Andrews University
  • Syllabus: Christian Leadership in a Changing World Syllabus
  • Tags:
    Church & Society, psychology, leadership

Archaeology of the Bible

This course, taught by Robert Bates at Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, introduces students to the archaeology of the Land of the Bible and its and material culture. It examines selected topics on how the Bible is understood with the aid of archaeology and surveys the peoples and cultures of the Bible from the early Hebrews (Bronze Age) to the divided monarchy (Iron Age).

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Seminaries: Seventh-Day Adventist Theology Seminary at Andrews University
  • Syllabus: Archaeology of the Bible Syllabus
  • Tags:
    archaeology, scientific process, science and truth, stratigraphy, geology, chronology

Intro to Christian Ethics

This introductory course gives students a spectrum of theological, biblical, and neuroscientific resources for studying ethical reflections in the Christian West. The course pays particular attention to the ethical reflections of four formative figures in the Christian tradition -Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Schleiermacher.

  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Syllabus: Intro to Christian Ethics
  • Tags:
    Christian Ethics, neuroscience, ethics, science and religion, theology and science, brain and mind, mainline protestant

Theology and Emotions

This seminar uses movies, music, theater, liturgical theory, affective neuroscientific research and affective theological studies to retrieve the lost emotional foundation of liberal faith. Students use insights gained from this multidisciplinary work to create an in-class presentation of a new liturgical strategy that can uplift the heart of liberal faith in Christian services.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Syllabus: Theology and Emotions
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, theology, pastoral theology, psychology, mainline protestant, theology and emotions, andover newton

Systematic Theology II

This course is the second semester of a two semester exposition and exploration of Christian theology. It deals with major Christian doctrines, their meaning, coherence, and interpretation.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Andover Newton Theological School
  • Syllabus: Systematic Theology II
  • Tags:
    history of science, theology, eschayology, systematic theology, mainline protestant, doctrine


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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.