Science For Seminaries

Many people look to their religious leaders for guidance on issues relating to science and technology, even though clergy and lay members may have had little exposure to science in their educational experience. This innovative program will integrate science into the core curriculum of CTU.  Dawn Nothwehr, OSF and Anne McGowan are leading efforts on campus which have resulted in a grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The grant funds the participation of seminaries and schools of theology in the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Watch the Science and Saving Stories That Shape Us Conference Presentations

Science and Saving Stories That Shape Us: Engaging Science and Religion in Our Curriculum and Culture, 2019-2020

Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF

Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics

C. Vanessa White

Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry

This project is an outstanding opportunity for the CTU community to deepen the cordial relationship between science and Catholic theology that is so essential to an authentic understanding of the reality of God in the universe.

-Dick Benson,Vice president and Academic Dean

View CTU’s full course offerings here.


E3000  Introduction to Moral Theology  Dawn Nothwehr, OSF, PhD (PL)

W3000  Liturgy: Principles and Practices    Anne McGowan, PhD (Associate PL)

S3000  Introduction to Christian Spiritual Life  C. Vanessa White, DMin

D4000  Survey of Systematic Theology    Robin Ryan, CP PhD

DC4100 Trinity and Mission  Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, PhD

S3001 Spiritual Companioning for Ministry  Christina Zaker, DMin

D4336  Theological Anthropology  Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD

C3000 World Christianity  in Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives  Joanne (Jaruko) Doi, MM, PhD

C4401/ C5401 Neuroscience, Evolution, & Theology  Scott C. Alexander, PhD

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Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF
Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics

Program Lead

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Anne McGowan
Assistant Professor of Liturgy

Associate Program Lead