Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Having previously created some new electives to integrate science, philosophy, and theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is now engaged in a deeper integration of science into its core curriculum. The following are the central pillars of that integration.

The Director of Psychological Services – who also teaches Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Advanced Pastoral Issues, and Grief Counseling – is integrating neuroscience more deeply into her thinking, counseling, and teaching.

The annual two week Holy Land retreat and pilgrimage – a highlight of the final year of study – is being transformed into a three week Biblical archaeology course, taught on site in Israel. The instructor for this course also teaches the required introductory New Testament sequence in the first year of studies.

The Patristics course, also taught in the first year, has always used primarily written sources. It will now be supplemented by the integration of archaeology. This will allow the students’ introduction to early Christianity to be shaped not only by written sources showing how people thought, but also by artifacts that show how the faith was lived.

Finally, a conference is being planned under the working title “Science Enhances Faith.” The conference will give seminarians tools to undermine the hypothesis that there is, and always has been, a conflict between faith and science. By hearing from scientists who are also people of faith, this event will help future ministers experience that the conflict hypothesis is simply incorrect.

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Biblical Archaeology

This course, taught by Charles K. Samson at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is an expansive, thorough, and experienced introduction into the historical world of the Bible, with a view towards explaining—in both a classroom setting and, especially, in situ—the Sacred Scriptures in the light of important archaeological discoveries and considerations that provide a uniquely fruitful context for…
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies
  • Science Topics: Archaeology
  • Seminaries: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Syllabus: Biblical Archaeology
  • Tags: Christian History, History, archaeology

Medical Ethics

The purpose of this course, taught by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is to provide an introduction to the subject of biomedical ethics within the context of Roman Catholic theology and teaching. The course objectives are to prepare the student with: (1) a familiar knowledge and an understanding of the bioethical magisterium regarding many…
  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Health & Wellness, Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Syllabus: Biomedical Ethics
  • Tags: biomedical ethics, end of life, gender identity, sexuality

Patristic Church I

This course, taught by Andrew Chronister at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is a general survey of the history of the church in the Patristic period with special attention to the seminal contributions of the Fathers and a sense of the importance of Councils, the authentic Traditions of the Church, and the development of Doctrine in the history…
  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: Archaeology
  • Seminaries: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox
  • Syllabus: Patristic Church I
  • Tags: Christian History, History, archaeology
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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.