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 email David Newheiser for more information.


Our research team

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

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Our projects

Atheism and Christianity: Moving past polemic

An interdisciplinary team will explore the intersections between atheism and Christianity in discourse, experience (drawing upon phenomenology), and politics.

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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.

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Other programs

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

The purpose of this program is to understand and reframe history through dynamic reinterpretations of the medieval and early modern past and to examine the modern world's self-conscious rejections of religious Byzantine and medieval pasts.

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Philosophy

Much of the research in the Philosophy 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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