TSC6000EN - Intersections of Science, Religion & the Missio Dei

Course description

Critically examines the biblical, philosophical, and theological foundations for ‘Science and Theology’ discussions. The student develops the facility to engage as an expert in science-engaged theology, religion & science with specific attention given to the paradigms of God’s relationship to the world, our place in it, and the interface between special revelation and natural revelation. Finally, the student designs a philosophical-theological approach to a specific topic or a set of topics that demonstrate an awareness of the philosophical, hermeneutical, systematic, and contemporary approaches for effective communication in the public sphere. This occurs in the context of seminar discussions and several intensive group projects.

How this course benefits students

Mission in ‘science and theology’ contexts is driven by a comprehensive theology of Divine action and mission in revelation. The relationship between God’s specific revelation and natural revelation and guided by God’s mission through creation and redemption prepares the student for mastery and effective work in different vocational contexts from ministry, mission work, apologetics, and preparation for coaching in science and medical contexts.

Why this course is important

The Christian Church (i.e., People of God) must find its rootedness in Scripture, the teachings of the People of God, and the practices found therein as the footing for engaging with global discussions in science, which impinge on discussions in ethics, medicine, economics, and healthcare.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Theology of Science
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Joshua Farris, Professor of Theology of Science

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Critical examination of science in relation to theology must be guided by Scripture, cohere with it, and be based on it as the final interpreter in making sense of empirical studies. The student gains a rich awareness of the biblical material in a way that naturally impinges on discussions ‘science and theology’.

Missionally driven

Examining the relationship between science and theology must have a direction, i.e., that direction is mission, which God exemplifies in Christ through the People of God and which we imitate in the practice of our respective vocations as effectively applied to ‘science and theology’.

Contextually informed

As with all academic disciplines, science and theology is contextual and follows certain conventions in the wider academic guild. Students gain competence sufficient in outlining the intellectual trends and the ability to offer substantive critique of those trends when necessary.

Interculturally focused

Students interact with and gain the tools to assess issues that are informed by an international set of scholars.

Practically minded

The course concludes with a concrete product that the student can use in real life circumstances. The student develops a philosophy of science-engaged theology and mastery of one key topic in the field.

Experientially transformed

Through student interactions, projects, and writing, students develop an environment that aids in the process of becoming ‘missionizers’ in the ‘science and theology’ communities.