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FAQ: Science for Seminaries grant

Why is the Science for Seminaries grant an exciting opportunity for Multnomah Biblical Seminary?

At its home in the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Biblical Seminary serves numerous thriving evangelical churches that draw people from diverse backgrounds and vocations, including science, medicine, and technology. The Science for Seminaries grant, overseen by Multnomah University’s Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, assists us in equipping future pastors and ministry leaders to engage faith and science more effectively in service to their congregations and broader communities; we live in a world where faith and science are constantly interacting. From the foundation of Multnomah’s biblical and doctrinal convictions, the seminary faculty will engage and incorporate crucial issues of scientific content as a component of course curriculum.

What makes this opportunity so important at this particular time?

The Barna Group, an Evangelical research organization, recently found that a significant number of young people are leaving the church because they feel they have to choose between God and science. In contemporary culture, it is often perceived that the Bible and science are at odds. The Science for Seminaries grant allows the Multnomah Biblical Seminary professors the time and resources to engage with experts in the scientific community to help bridge this gap.

What are the structures through which the Science for Seminaries grant will be implemented?

In keeping with Multnomah’s biblical heritage, Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s own faculty will incorporate science content into existing core courses where the integration of science is a natural fit. These courses include theology, biblical studies, church history and pastoral care.  It should be noted that the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion does not advise on theological content, but only provides support for science through resources and mentor recommendations. As opportunity and student interest exist, the grant makes it possible for an elective course to be developed.

The grant also provides the resources for New Wine to host a large-sale conference on the integration of faith and science in the 2015-2016 academic year. Following the conference, New Wine’s academic journal, Cultural Encounters, will dedicate an issue to this topic.

How will Multnomah faculty address issues of scientific content that challenge long held convictions of the Christian community?

As is our consistent practice, Multnomah Biblical Seminary will address these challenges from our firmly held belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We will continue to be faithful followers of Christ who are biblically orthodox and theologically sound in our approach.

 

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