Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary exists “to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.” To fulfill its mission, Southeastern’s faculty teaches with five core competencies in mind: spiritual formation, biblical exposition, ministry preparation, theological integration and critical thinking. The proposed project can assist in meeting all five goals, but particularly the last three. Awareness of climate change is essential for ministry preparation. Theological integration involves the ability to understand and engage Christian doctrine in every area of life, including environmental concerns. And in order to do critical thinking properly about best practices, students must have a proper grasp of the scientific evidence. Additionally, the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture (CFC) serves as a primary ministry arm for Southeastern in its efforts to engage culture with theology. In fact, since its inception, the CFC has sought to apply a theological lens when understanding culture in ways that help Christians engage the world for the glory of God. Naturally, one of the CFC’s primary areas of focus is science.

Because of the importance of climate change and the increasing need for thoughtful
theological voices in this area, Southeastern proposes a project intended to be carried out
by the CFC in conjunction with the ethics faculty in the Theological Studies Area.
The proposed project involves two main components: (1) integrate climate change into one
core course; and (2) hold two campus-wide events as enrichment activities.
The ethics faculty will integrate a component on climate change into “Introduction to
Christian Ethics” (ETH3600/5100). Southeastern will support their endeavors by
providing a $1,000 stipend to each of the faculty teaching the course. The three faculty
members are Drs. Mark Liederbach, Seth Bible and David Jones. Two of the three ethics
faculty, Mark Liederbach and Seth Bible, have written extensively on Creation Care and
remain engaged in current academic and popular discussions on climate change. All three
professors already teach regularly on Creation Care.

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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.