There are four major areas of research focus in the Institute. The IRCI comprises four research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Philosophy, and Religion and Theology.

Within these four programs, the Institute unites groups of researchers who have established international research track records in New Testament studies, early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies (MEMS), historical and constructive theology, philosophy (including epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, philosophy and phenomenology of religion, political philosophy, and metaphysics), and religious studies.

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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Philosophy

Philosophy

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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