Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

“Science for Seminaries” will make a basic acquaintance with science a required and expected part of the curriculum at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA. Scientific topics will be integrated into required courses in Old Testament, Pastoral Care, and Worship. The relationship of theology and science will also form an intentional, year-long topic of conversation during the 2015-16 year, culminating in a week-long conference, open to the public, featuring major addresses and speakers. Scientific literacy will also be built into the seminary’s developing competency-based curriculum, as that is being constructed over the next two years. Gettysburg Seminary’s partner in this venture is Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, which will provide mentoring and expertise from their faculty in the areas of science and medicine.

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Chance, Necessity, Love: A Pastoral Theology of Cancer

Course Rationale The science on cancer is as clear and certain as it gets: this disease is one of evolutionary development. That is, cancers progress according to evolutionary principles when cells—“the very fiber of our being” in the language of a Novena to Saint Peregrine—go their own way and, thereby threaten the rest of that…
  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Chance, Necessity, Love: A Pastoral Theology of Cancer
  • Tags: evolution, pastoral theology, pastoral care, cancer, counseling, cell biology, mainline protestant, pastoral theology of cancer

Science in Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration

Course Description This course employs the activities of the Spring Academy Week to enable students to explore key issues in science for the practice of ministry. Among the happenings of that week on which students may choose to focus are: lectures and workshops on “Faith, Science and Action” through the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania;…
  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Science in Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration
  • Tags: evolution, neuroscience, pastoral theology, Intelligent Design, Doctrine of Creation, mainline protestant, science in christian life

The Church’s Worship

Course Rationale Liturgy is the most vivid, palpable, and central means by which God speaks the Gospel to the gathered Body of Christ. In this fundamental act of divine self-revelation, God encounters and shapes us by the preached and sacramental Word, In this fundamental act of the Christian community, we offer our prayer, praise, and…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: The Church's Worship
  • Tags: neuroscience, pastoral theology, pastoral care, liturgy, counseling, brain and mind, general theology, church worship
Learn about the other Participant Schools

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.