George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University
Truett Seminary’s project, “Science for Ministers: Facilitating Competency among Seminarians in Thinking and Speaking about Science,” will allow the seminary to incorporate a systematic approach to addressing the relationship of theology and science in logical places in the curriculum as well as fund a large campus-wide event addressing this topic. While Truett has engaged the sciences and other departments in occasional ways to great effect, little course content is dedicated to this question. Fruitful steps in this direction have been taken with the pilot program of the Ramm Scholars program (mentioned above) in which a select number of Truett students and Ph.D. students in the natural and social sciences meet to discuss this relationship of theology and science. Nevertheless, at this point, no dedicated curriculum exists to target all Truett masters-level students. The Science for Seminaries Grant allows Truett to address this question in a systematic way and create a permanent place in the curriculum to address it. This grant will have long-term impacts for Truett’s campus, its interaction with the larger Baylor scientific community, the placement of its students in medical chaplaincies in surrounding hospitals and hospice programs, and perhaps most importantly, for the churches where our students will serve.