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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Systematic Theology II

Course Description

This course examines the nature and method of theological discourse. Various theological perspectives on doctrines of Christian faith will be treated critically and systematically. Major doctrines (or themes) will include God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Creation, Theological Anthropology, Sin and Salvation, Church and Its Mission and Ministry, Sacraments, Eschatology, Theology of Religions, and Religious Belief and the Natural Sciences. Students are required to construct a personal Credo, based on their presumed mastery of theological sources and methodology. Prerequisite: THEO 305 Systematic Theology I or its equivalent.

  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Systematic Theology II
  • Tags:
    evolution, Darwinism, theology, church doctrine, eschayology, theological anthropology, mainline protestant, natural sciences, theology of religions, major doctrines

Prophetic Ministry

Course Description

The biblical model of the prophet is both frequently invoked and poorly interpret-ed. While the church continues to declare that the prophet “speaks for God,” it often limits such speech to pronouncements circumscribed by tradition. At the level of social justice, an emphasis on deconstruction and critique with a failure to offer a constructive vision for a just order further circumscribes definitions of the prophetic. Whether limited to ministries of justice, regular preaching, or charismatic utterance, the “prophet” suffers from a myopic understanding that fails to do justice to the richness of the biblical tradi-tion.

This course is designed to mine said richness, drawing on more fully orbed un-derstandings of the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures, proper nuancing of prophetic work detailed in the New Testament, and the African American struggle for racial jus-tice. The latter should not be taken to mean that we will not consider issues of gender, ethnicity and economics. Rather these will figure prominently in our discussions when we consider what it means to be the Kingdom of God on earth.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Prophetic Ministry
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, health, genetics, genomics, science and religion, mainline protestant, life sciences, prophetic ministry

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Learning Outcomes

  1. To ascertain and articulate a working knowledge of the contents of the Hebrew
    Bible.
  2. To demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and religious development of ancient
    Israel.
  3. To analyze classical and especially contemporary approaches to interpreting the
    HB.
  4.  To demonstrate and exegete the HB/OT illuminating liberative and oppressive
    aspects of texts in light of African and African American faith communities and
    traditions.
  5. To be introduced to paleoclimatology and application to the Hebrew Bible study.
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Tags:
    climate change, paleoclimatology, Hebrew Bible, science and religion, mainline protestant, biblical studies

The Spirituality of the Psalms

Course Description

This course is a study of the Psalms including close attention to selected psalms and the structure of the Psalter as a whole. It also involves examination of the interpretation and use of psalms in worship and liturgy.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Catholic University of America
  • Syllabus: The Spirituality of the Psalms
  • Tags:
    neuroscience, theology, psychology, spirituality, science and religion, catholic, orthodox, spirituality of the psalms

Science, Religion, and the End of the World

Course Description

The sciences and the Christian tradition provide narratives about the end of the world. But how do these narratives relate? How do we evaluate them independently, and in comparison? What are the implications of the narratives for the way we live and think today, a time before the end of the world? This course, taught by a professor of astrophysics from Agnes Scott College and a professor of religious ethics from Columbia Theological Seminary, takes up those critical questions and provides students with opportunities to study widely, think critically, and learn respectfully in a cross-disciplinary setting. To encourage imaginative thinking, sources of study for the course will be a combination of speculative fiction novels, movies, and selections from other books and articles (to be made available in a course packet).

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Science, Religion, and the End of the World
  • Tags:
    cosmology, eschayology, astrophysics, theodicy, mainline protestant, history and philosophy of science, end of the world

Problems in Preaching

Course Description

Discussion of some key problems in preaching: relating to the Gospel meaningful to life, transposing the text to the present [cultural] situation, defining and confining the central idea, making abstractions concrete. Class criticism of videotaped sermons.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Concordia Seminary
  • Syllabus: Problems in Preaching
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, biotechnology, pastoral care and counseling, life sciences, evangelical, conservative protestant, history and philosophy of science, problems in preaching

Pastoral Theology

Course Description

The theology and practice of the church in her Word-Sacrament ministry, with biblical and confessional principles identified and applied for evangelical pastoral practice. A variety of pastoral care areas are considered to demonstrate the ministry of addressing and administering Word and Sacraments to God’s people, individually and corporately, in their human situation. Lectures, written projects, case studies, and discussions form the core of the course, along with pertinent readings in each area.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Concordia Seminary
  • Syllabus: Pastoral Theology
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, pastoral care, gerontology, behavioral sciences, evangelical, conservative protestant, general theology, sacraments

Psalms & Writings

Course Description

  • Three weeks when we discuss how to interpret and use in our ministries the last third of the Hebrew Bible known as The Writings
  • Seven weeks when we read the poetry of David, the μy[in: rM;z” of Israel.
    μymiT; [‘Wv[}v’ (Good clean fun!)
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Concordia Seminary
  • Syllabus: Psalms & Writings
  • Tags:
    theology, Philosophy of Science, science and religion, evangelical, conservative protestant, history and philosophy of science, psalms and writings, psalms of david, king david

Exodus & Torah

Course Description

This course consists of two parts:
1. Introduction to the first five books of the Old Testament in which we discuss the content of the Torah and its relationship to the rest of the Canon, and
2. A close encounter with selected sections of the Torah in order to focus on relevant questions and problems that people raise in connection with these texts.

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Concordia Seminary
  • Syllabus: Exodus & Torah
  • Tags:
    cosmology, Genesis, Hebrew Bible, evangelical, conservative protestant, exodus and torah, old testament, physics and torah


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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.