Whereas both parties in the contemporary debate over atheism frequently respond to a caricature of the other, this project aims to show that sophisticated forms of atheism and Christian thought share much in common.

An interdisciplinary team will explore the intersections between atheism and Christianity in discourse (in light of negative theology), experience (drawing upon phenomenology), and politics (especially post-secular political theology). In this way, the project aims to clarify what atheism and Christianity might learn from each other, and to develop a new way of thinking about the place of religion in contemporary society.

The project includes six chief investigators:

It also includes a wide group of distinguished international collaborators, as well as our researchers Dr Rachel Davies and Dr Charles Lockwood.

For more information about the project, please email David Newheiser.







Meeting of the Chief Investigators and other collaborators.


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