Established in 2014 to advance the University's strategic goal of making ACU world-leading institutions for studies in religion, philosophy, and history, IRCI comprises three collaborative and interdisciplinary research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Religion and Theology.
Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
A major focus of research in this program is the extent to which different strands of early Christianity aimed to define themselves in relation to Jewish and Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, rhetorical, social, and cultural heritages.Explore research
The modern world has been built on self-conscious rejections of religious Byzantine and medieval pasts, and narratives of progression from the age of Renaissance and Reformation to the glories of the Enlightenment, the triumph of free-market capitalism and liberal democratic secularism.Explore research
The IRCI’s Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.Explore research
3 April 2020
Thinking Philosophy brings the research of ACU philosophers to anyone interested in an an examined life.
24 February 2020
IRCI researchers, Matthew Crawford, Michael Hanaghan, and Sarah Parkhouse have been awarded prestigious fellowships in Washington, Frankfurt, and London in 2020.
18 November 2019
Australian Catholic University's leadership in philosophy and religion has been further endorsed by the Australian Research Council with two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).
17 - 19 September 2020
The Symposium will begin with a public lecture by Prof. Tyler VanderWeele, of the Harvard University Human Flourishing Program. The lecture will take place at 17:30 on 17 September, in the Christ Lec...