Ambrose Seminary

The Science for Seminaries grant at Ambrose Seminary has allowed Ambrose to build on existing points of collaboration, and it has helped develop new avenues between the Seminary and its theology faculty and Ambrose University and its science and behavioural science faculty. This includes recruiting Dr. Matthew Morris, an evolutionary biologist teaching in the University, as a science advisor. In addition, we have expanded this collaboration to build relationships with neighbouring institutions, including teaming with Dr. Robert Sutherland at the University of Lethbridge.

This fall, two Ambrose Seminary core courses included scientific integration: OT 502 Pentateuch taught by Dr. Beth Stovell and PT 501 Personal Formation and Development taught by Professor Mark Buchanan. Dr. Stovell’s course brought in Dr. Morris’ knowledge of evolutionary science to help students explore concepts of science and faith with a particular focus on creation and evolution (September 16) and on the biblical and ecological significance of naming (November 29). Professor Buchanan’s course included research by John Van Sloten, our interdisciplinary advisor, who researched and presented three one-hour science segments: September 24 on what the study of neurology can teach us about spiritual experiences; October 24 on Theory of Mind and its implications for spirituality; and October 29 on various cognitive biases and their implications for faith and faith formation. In the winter 2020 semester, two more courses will include scientific integration: ED 501 Teaching and Learning, taught by Dr. Arch Wong, and TH 650 Trauma and Theology, taught by Dr. Christina Conroy. Both of these courses will integrate scientific insights from neuroscience by working with Dr. Sutherland.

Thus far, Ambrose Seminary has hosted one of three events with science integration: the “Seminary Supper with a Scientist” event on November 7, 2019. Many seminary students attended to speak with Dr. Morris and with Dr. Stovell about their scientific (and theological) questions. Two more events will occur in the winter 2020 semester. The “Faith, Life, and Learning” event in February 2020 will explore faith and biology with Dr. Darrel Falk as the invited speaker. Finally, our annual Ambrose Research Conference (ARC) in March 2020 entitled “Faithful Science: How the Sciences Impact Faith and Learning” will function as an institution-wide science and theology conference. ARC 2020’s plenary speakers will be Dr. Robbin Gibb, a neuroscientist at the University of Lethbridge, and Dr. Jesse Popp, an Indigenous environmental and ecological scientist at Mount Allison University; Ambrose faculty will be the respondents.

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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…
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Syllabus: A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Hope
  • Tags: ecology, death, suffering

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
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Syllabus: Pentateuch
  • Tags: evolution, Biological Evolution, evolutionary developmental biology

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…
  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • 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
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Syllabus: Teaching and Learning
  • Tags: neuroscience, behavioral sciences, plasticity, brain and mind, theology and emotions, memory

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…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Ambrose Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Syllabus: Trauma and Theology
  • Tags: neuroscience, epigenetics, memory, trauma
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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.