Palmer Theological Seminary

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To accomplish their goal of sustainably equipping future Christian leaders to engage with issues of science in their ministry settings, Palmer Theological Seminary will deeply integrate and/or enhance the focus on science in three required courses, introduce science components into five others, and launch an annual major event on science and religion which also draws on the knowledge, expertise, and reputation of their science faculty colleagues at Eastern University.

In terms of the courses themselves, the first required core course from their Master of Divinity program is Systematic Theology and Ethics: Vision of Community and the second is Teaching the Faith. The third course is a required course in their Master of Theological Studies General Studies and Biblical and Theological Studies concentrations and is an elective in our Master of Divinity program, Critical Analysis. Finally, they envision introducing a science component into Theological Field Education 1A/1B, Preaching Practicum, and further integrating science into Theology of Romantic Love, Persevering Hope: Evil, Suffering and the Goodness of God, and a special cosmology section in collaboration with their astronomy department in Old Testament Study I.

The campus-wide event will be “The Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University Symposium on Science and Religion.” The symposium will focus on the integration of science and theology and will feature a blend of scientists and practical theologians as speakers and panelists.

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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.