TSC7000SEN - Intersections of Science & Religion

Course description

Building on the student’s mastery of biblical, philosophical, and theological foundations for ‘Science and Theology’ discussions. The student refines and sharpens his critical thinking and assessment of models of Divine revelation, action, philosophical models of science and faith engagement, and science-engaged theology. Finally, the student develops fresh insights, angles, and perspectives in the ‘Science and Theology’ discussions for the purposes of advancing a novel contribution that reflects a deep awareness of the field.

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 and facility of the biblical material that gains fresh insight into ‘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 develop advanced knowledge of the trends and the ability to contribute to the discussions.

Interculturally focused

Students interact with and gain the tools to advance 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 seminar discussions, students actualize a missional perspective and persona.