Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

From multiple disciplinary perspectives in an international context, the IRCI promotes collaborative research on religion, theology (including continental philosophy), and history (biblical through to early modern).

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The aim of our multidisciplinary team is to advance understanding of our world and to imagine ways to improve it.

Our work

Our researchers explore the interrelationships that religion and philosophy have with their cultural and intellectual contexts, and in so doing contribute to contemporary theological, philosophical, ethical, and political debates. 

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Our people

Our global and multidisciplinary team of scholars are experts in the fields of philosophy, religion, and theology.

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Rome seminars

Scholars from around the world unite at our Rome Campus for the IRCI seminar series each year. These seminars are an opportunity for researchers to collaborate and discuss critical questions to advance research in philosophy, religion, and theology.

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Programs of research

Biblical & Early Christian Studies

Biblical and early Christian studies

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.

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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

Medieval and early modern studies

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.

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Much research in the program is at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and epistemology and metaphysics. Program members investigate issues in social epistemology: trust, testimony, disagreement, and the epistemic implications of digital and social media.

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Religion and Theology

Religion and theology

The IRCI’s Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.

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Past events

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We welcome aspiring researchers considering higher degrees in the fields of theology, religion, philosophy, history, and literature.

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