Howard University School of Divinity

“Oh So Human, Yet So Divinely Complex: Science and Theology in the Exploration of Human Identity, Community, and Purpose” is the exciting new Science for Seminaries project of Howard University School of Divinity—one of thirteen schools and colleges within Howard University. Throughout the divinity school’s 144-year history, it has shown a special sensitivity to the plight of oppressed peoples in the world and has educated and trained its students for scholarship and service to these communities. African American history, in particular, is often told as a story of the struggle of a people to be recognized as fully human. Today the sciences are raising interesting questions and proposing new ideas about what it means to be human. Through course offerings and campus events, the goal of this initiative is to not only make students more aware of the relevance of the natural sciences to theology, ministry, and spirituality but to also bring together scientists, theological educators, and clergy for conversations on an important topic in science and religion. The divinity school’s focus on the nature and meaning of human life is quite fitting, given the sizable number of scientists at Howard University, the resources of the National Human Genome Center at Howard, and the university’s historic mission of serving African Americans and other peoples of color.

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Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Learning Outcomes To ascertain and articulate a working knowledge of the contents of the Hebrew Bible. To demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and religious development of ancient Israel. To analyze classical and especially contemporary approaches to interpreting the HB.  To demonstrate and exegete the HB/OT illuminating liberative and oppressive aspects of texts in light of…
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Tags: climate change, paleoclimatology, Hebrew Bible, science and religion, mainline protestant, biblical studies

Philosophy of Religion

Course Description This course is an introduction to the discipline and method of philosophy and the relationship of philosophy to the study of religion. Through a reading of classical and contemporary sources, the course examines definitions of religion and issues such as God’s existence, attributes, and relationship to and action in the physical world, the…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Philosophy of Religion
  • Tags: neuroscience, cosmology, Doctrine of Creation, Philosophy of Religion, genetic editing, epistemology, mainline protestant, history and philosophy of science

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

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