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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Can This Program Foster Productive Dialogue?

Princeton Theology Seminary is launching a Science for Ministry Institute. The program is based on a "partner model" that pairs "scientifically curious" ministry leaders with "theologically sensitive" scientists. Together, each pair goes through a series of courses that address topics and issues related to human origins and human nature.
Here's how J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, co-director of the institute and a professor of theology and science at the seminary, explains the goal:

This program is intended to address a common experience of ministers and scientists of faith who struggle to develop a constructive dialogue around issues of theology and science in their ministry contexts. We are seeking to equip leaders in ministry with the knowledge and tools to confidently respond to these fundamental challenges, and to do so in ways that encourage a transformational impact on their church communities.
The first course will run from November 2 through 6.