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Jacob teaching a class

Science for Seminaries

Homepage Feature — 10th January 2022

This spring Dr Jacob Lett is teaching a new unit entitled Theological Ethics as part of our ongoing collaboration with the ECLAS Science for Seminaries programme. 

ECLAS (Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science) was born from the conviction that science is a gift from God, but that too often Christian leaders lack the confidence and tools to engage with scientific questions. Inspired by a similar programme in North America and supported by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, ECLAS has awarded funding to NTC as part of its 2021-22 cohort. Dr Peter Rae, Dean and Vice Principal is head of the project team.

One key aspect of the funding is that it allows us to expand our undergraduate offering in this area with an exciting new unit that explores the connections between Christian Ethics and science. After exploring traditional understandings of theological ethics, Dr Lett’s class will learn about contemporary ethical issues facing Christians by inviting environmental, medical, and technological specialists to speak to us about emerging findings (climate change, artificial intelligence, and so on) from their fields. The hope is that students might develop reflexive capacities for responding to ethical issues in contemporary society.

As well as this class, Science for Seminaries funding has allowed us to host the upcoming conference Christian Hope, Science and the Warming World in February. Look out too for further updates to our MA modules, a Manchester Bible School course and much more as this exciting project continues!