Chicago Theological Seminary

By integrating science into our core curriculum course work in the fields of Christian Ethics and Systematic Theology, CTS professors will strengthen the campus-wide commitment to holistic education and the discourse which considers how scientific discoveries challenge our assumptions about ourselves, our faith, and our role in creating a just society. CTS embraces a philosophy of “academic activism” in which social justice activities are grounded in strong theological scholarship. Beyond simply engaging with science, CTS challenges students to critique the uses and applications of science as we seek to create the world we wish to see.

The critical moral questions being examined in the proposed courses consider the limits and possibilities of human rationality, and the need for greater awareness of new scientific issues that our communities of faith are being called upon to address. CTS already stands at the forefront of queer and black theology by equipping emerging leaders to address the essential moral questions related to the systematic racism and homophobias our communities of faith must challenge. CTS recognizes new opportunities to intentionally integrate science into foundational courses that will push the boundaries in developing theologies designed to support building a just and sustainable society. Both faculty members are exploring the intersection of science—historic and emerging scientific discoveries—with humanity and our understanding of our place in the universe. Many of the current questions are related to society’s biological and cultural understandings of race, especially as it is influenced by previous scientific discoveries as well as new work in artificial intelligence and genetics.

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Introduction to Christian Ethics

This course, taught by Christophe Ringer at Chicago Theological Seminary, is a critical introduction to moral discernment from a theological perspective. In particular, this course will focus on the theological diversity found within the Christian tradition with an emphasis on Christian social ethics. Throughout the course an emphasis will be placed on identifying their respective…
  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Technology & AI
  • Seminaries: Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Tags: transhumanism, ethics, technology, being human, artificial intelligence

Systematic Theology

This course, taught by JoAnne Marie Terrell at Chicago Theological Seminary, goes over the nature of theological thinking and theological method. After completing the course in Systematic Theology, students should be able to: 1. Employ basic theological vocabulary; 2. Outline historical shifts in the elucidation of Western Christianity; 3. Identify major doctrines commonly held within…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Seminaries: Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Systematic Theology
  • Tags: ethics, spirituality, scientific method, scientific process
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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.