The Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.
The program includes scholarship in religious studies that draws upon religious thought in order to address issues of widespread concern. Work in this area combines detailed attention to particular religious traditions with theoretical resources from the fields of ethics, politics, cultural studies, social theory, and philosophy.
The program also includes scholarship in theology, which addresses questions within Christian thought concerning belief in the divine and the nature of humanity. Theology at the IRCI is open to diverse approaches, and it has a particular strength in the Catholic intellectual tradition, which proceeds in the conviction that faith and reason are not at odds. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies within the Religion and Theology program, please contact Professor Peter Howard, Director, Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry for more information.
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Our global and multidisciplinary team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
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Spiritual Understanding in a Secular Age
With funding from the Templeton Religion Trust, this project explores the possibility that secular art can encourage spiritual understanding.
Theologies of Catholicity
Drawing on original and classic sources, this international project explores understandings of catholicity, taking as its starting point the ressourcement theologians of the early and mid-twentieth century.
Redeeming autonomy: Agency, vulnerability, and relationality
The purpose of the ‘Redeeming Autonomy’ programme is to make a strategic intervention in the academic and cultural debate around the concept of ‘autonomy’. ‘Autonomy’ is, like it or not, a central concept in current cultural, political, legal, and ethical debates.
- Atheism and Christianity: Moving past polemic
Associate Professor Robyn Horner (ACU), Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer (ACU), Dr David Newheiser (ACU), Professor Henning Tegtmeyer (KU Leuven), Professor Denys Turner (Yale/ACU), and Professor Stephan van Erp (KU Leuven).