As seminary classes are in full swing this fall, perhaps it was the best time for the AAAS to announce its latest initiative to support the integration of science in the theology courses at the seminaries of 10 different denominations across the U.S. We look at this new project in depth in this issue of Covalence.

In this month’s news and calendar sections, we cover Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller SJ who ask the intriguing question of would you baptize an extraterrestrial? This is the title of their latest book Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? And Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory.

The sticking point remains in how we draw the public into a meaningful discussion of science and how their faith may influence their opinion of what scientists do and how we see scientists findings impact our daily lives. Some of that indeed may need to come from the pulpit as seminarians learn about basic scientific concepts and how they may come up in their chosen vocation.

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Susan Barreto

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Advancing the science/theology dialogue via seminaries, pulpits and the public square

Advancing the science/theology dialogue via seminaries, pulpits and the public square

Scholars in the religion and science community are often eager to find ways to reframe the public discussion on how science and religion have no need to be in conflict. The challenge remains about how to get that basic message in the public domain in a way that is palatable and understood by people without read on
Science in the Seminaries: Grants help future pastors engage with science

Science in the Seminaries: Grants help future pastors engage with science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), thanks to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has awarded grants to 10 seminaries to integrate science into their core theological curricula. Courses, events, and campus activities are on tap across the US, as theological schools ponder how to prepare pastors to engage with science read on

Comptemporary theologians look at theories of creation in new book

A new book edited by theologian Thomas Jay Oord is a collection of essays on alternative theories of creation and explores a variety of ideas about creation out of nothing, also known as ‘creatio ex nihilo.’ The book, Creatio Ex Nihilo and Its New Rivals, was recently released by Routledge. “A number of scholars today, read on

Everyday morality: What does religion have to do with it?

While many may view religion as a driver of morality, a new study published in the journal Science is providing a new view of moral behavior through the use of technology. The research found no significant differences in moral behavior or judgment between religious and non-religious persons. What researchers did find was that good deeds read on

E.T.’s likely impact on religion becomes popular topic among astronomers

Two new books are concerned with E.T.’s religion as well as what an extra terrestrial’s potential impact on world religions. Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller SJ ask the intriguing question of “Would you baptize an extraterrestial?” This is the title of their latest book Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? And Other read on