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Science for Seminaries: Integrating Science into Core Theological Education

ATS has partnered with The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in a Templeton Foundation funded program to explore the place of science in seminaries. The goal is to incorporate science into theological school curricula and, thereby, influence future church leaders and people of faith. The project will also encourage theological literacy among scientists through a mutual exchange of ideas in one another’s professional contexts. The project’s ultimate focus is to nurture among people of faith the sense that science is relevant, complementary, and important to religious worldviews. This, in turn, would promote understanding, appreciation, and support for science among the general public. ATS member schools were invited to submit letters of interest to apply for grants that would support them in an effort to integrate more science into their core curricula, and ten schools have been awarded grants.

The Templeton Foundation also awarded ATS with a grant to fund a two-year study, "Engaging Science in Seminaries," to establish a baseline understanding of teaching about science within Protestant schools in the United States and Canada. The three-part project documented what is being done in theological schools, revealing strengths to be accentuated and weaknesses to be addressed by future programming. Read the final research report to learn more.


Deborah H. C. Gin
Director, Research and Faculty Development