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Science for Ministry

Science for Ministry Institute

Examining questions of origins and human nature at the intersection of science, theology, and Christian ministry.


This three-year program cycle is concluding in June 2012, and all final programs are now full. To be notified how Princeton Theological Seminary continues to support this area of ministry, and to receive new announcements, please send an e-mail to [email protected], like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

For more information on Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen's public lecture, "The Evolution of Religion", please click here. This lecture will be streamed live on the internet.

Ministry professionals are not always situated to effectively deal with the complex landscape of contemporary science. Likewise, scientists of faith may not have access to the rich resources of the theological tradition. In either case, science often appears to be against Christian belief and practice. Is science against ministry, or is it possible to see science for ministry?

Breaking Down the Barriers to Dialogue

The Science for Ministry Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary seeks to promote an informed and productive dialogue around issues of theology and science within churches and other Christian ministry contexts. For the first two years of the program, we invited applications from partners that represented a unique ministry context, which usually consisted of a scientifically-curious pastor (or other ministry leader) and a theologically-sensitive scientist. For the final year of the program, ending in August 2012, we have also opened the program to individuals interested in entering the dialogue with science for the sake of Christian ministry.

What is Involved?

The Science for Ministry Institute is designed for busy working professionals. The program offers a variety of courses four times each year in one- and three- -day intensive formats. Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, participation is very affordable. Convenient lodging and meals are provided, so participants are only required to provide transportation, course books, and a nominal daily fee.

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Getting Started

  1. Review the program details, starting with the Program Description.
  2. Fill out and return an application (.doc).
  3. Upon admittance, register for courses.