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.
Our global and multidisciplinary team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
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.
An interdisciplinary team will explore the intersections between atheism and Christianity in discourse, experience (drawing upon phenomenology), and politics.
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.View program
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.View program
ACU’s Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions approaches emotions studies from the perspective of religion, philosophy, history, health humanities and literature from antiquity to today.View program