Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Wake Forest University School of Divinity (WFUSD) has been a leader in the interdisciplinary approach to theological education. Guided by the university motto, Pro Humanitate (“For Humanity”) and the theological vision of serving the wider world, WFUSD has made strenuous efforts to create an ideal learning environment for the education of future religious leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The school currently offers several dual degree programs (MDiv/JD, MDiv/MA in Bioethics, MDiv/MA in Counseling, MDiv/MA in Education, MDiv/MA in Sustainability) and is always looking for ways to broaden and enrich the experience of student learning. In this regard, the school’s new project, “Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education,” marks an important step forward in reshaping the core academic curriculum at WFUSD, as it seeks to promote a more informed and fruitful dialogue between science and religion. For this project, WFUSD faculty from three areas, bible, history, and theological ethics, will offer revised and new courses in collaboration with scientists. In addition, the project will create opportunities for public engagement beyond the classroom. WFUSD is truly excited to partner with AAAS for the shared goals of this project.

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Christian History

Through this introductory course, students will: (more…)
  • Course Categories: Church History
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Christian History
  • Tags: Church History, Christian History, Theological debates, physics

Foundations of Christian Ethics

Course Description This course is a survey of major themes, topics, and methods of contemporary Christian ethics. During the survey, we will explore how a particular method may shape one’s ethical analysis and evaluation with respect to various ethical issues, both practical and theoretical. Particular attention is to be given to the source of moral…
  • Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Tags: evolution, Christian Ethics, human nature, moral psychology, neuroscience, theology, science and religion, brain and mind, mainline protestant, life sciences

God and the Cosmos

Course Description When did it all begin? How vast is it? Why is it expanding? Will it ever end? What is our place in it? These big questions about the nature of the cosmos have been around as far as the history of human beings goes, and both science and religion have been proposing cosmological…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: God and the Cosmos
  • Tags: theology, cosmology, cosmogony, cosmos, astronomy, field trips, science and religion, mainline protestant, physics and cosmos

Myth and Scripture: Genesis 1–11

Course Description This seminar explores ancient Near Eastern myths of creation; Genesis 1–11 as an ancient Israelite text; Genesis 1–11 in the history of interpretation as scripture; and Genesis 1–11 in relation to contemporary evolutionary biology, geology, creationism, and theology.
  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Myth and Scripture: Genesis 1–11
  • Tags: evolution, creationism, Darwinism, cosmogony, Genesis, animal ethics, science and religion, mainline protestant, biblical studies, myth and scripture

Neuroethics

Course Description This course introduces students to central philosophical and ethical issues in neuroethics. In this course we explore two main areas of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics and the ethics of neuroscience. The neuroscience of ethics re-examines traditional philosophical ideas and issues through the lens of cognitive science, seeking to ground ethics on empirical…
  • Course Categories: Ethics
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Neuroethics
  • Tags: neuroscience, philosophy, transhumanism, ethics, morality, brain and mind, mainline protestant, neuroethics, neurotechnology

Philosophy of Human Nature

Course Description The nature of the human person is a hotly debated subject among scientists, philosophers, and theologians. As science and technology advance, they seem to raise more questions than they answer about the nature of the human person. This course probes the question of what the human person essentially is, engaging with a number…
  • Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Tags: evolution, human nature, neuroscience, philosophy, transhumanism, mainline protestant, consciousness, personal identity

Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond

Course Description This one-credit course explores the history of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial as it occurred in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. The trial took place after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) convinced Dayton public school teacher, John Scopes, to intentionally violate the Tennessee anti-evolution law in order to provoke a…
  • Course Categories: Church History, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Syllabus: Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond
  • Tags: evolution, Scopes Trial, creationism, history of science, Darwinism, Church & Society
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.