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In the twenty-first century, science is always part of the vernacular. From banner issues – such as evolution, neuroscience, and reproductive technologies – to daily questions about medicine and public policy, ministers need a grounding in science to preach persuasively, pastor responsively, and spread the gospel.
In the 2021-22 academic year, ECLAS will provide funds and resources for the integration of cutting-edge science into the core curriculum of UK seminaries. Inspired by a similar programme in North America and supported by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, we are offering £60,000 each to 10 courses or colleges developing or refining at least one core class and hosting a wider-reaching science-religion activity.
Our two-stage application process began with a 1-2 page Letter of Interest (LOI), which closed in October 2020. If it looks as if you would be a good fit for the programme, we will ask for a more detailed full proposal (8-10 pages). Proposals will be evaluated by external reviewers with experience in science and theology.
Letters of Interest (LOI) accepted 3 Aug – 1 Oct 2020
LOI decisions and proposal requests early Nov 2020
Proposals accepted until 29 Jan 2021
Awards announced early March 2021.
These pages contain a range of suggestions for how theology can take science seriously within the context of the Common Awards, for those who are interested in theology, mission and ministry.
They come from a variety of leading voices in the science-theology academic world but are earthed in local church ministry.
They can be used as self-contained sessions within themselves or parts of them can be used – not only in specific science theology teaching but across the range of modules in various theological disciplines across the Common Awards.
The lesson plans can also be used in conjunction with our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.
Outline teaching notes for three 30-minute snippets on introducing science into preaching. Aim: To show how scientific subjects can be introduced into preaching.
Outline notes for two sessions on the biblical creation texts. Aim: to give students an understanding of the range and significance of OT creation texts.
Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on a Theology of science. Aim: to introduce the idea of a theology of science, a framing of the human relationship with nature, of science as God’s gift, and...
Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on Engaging with creationist worldviews in the classroom and congregation. Aim: To help students engage with creationist worldviews, whether expressed in the classroom or congregation
Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on natural evil in the light of science. Aim: to introduce and evaluate the concept of natural evil, and to suggest how such ‘evil’ might be thought compatible with...
Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on The Conflict Thesis in Science and Religion as an illustration of the range of understanding of science-religion interactions. Aim: to introduce the ‘Conflict thesis’ and assess its use...