Established in 2014 to advance the University's strategic goal of making ACU one of Australia's leading institutions for studies in religion, philosophy, and history, IRCI comprises three collaborative and interdisciplinary research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Religion and Theology.
Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
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.Explore research
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.Explore research
The IRCI’s Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.Explore research
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.Browse seminars
18 November 2019
Australian Catholic University's leadership in philosophy and religion has been further endorsed by the Australian Research Council with two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).
17 - 19 September 2020
The Symposium will begin with a public lecture by Prof. Tyler VanderWeele, of the Harvard University Human Flourishing Program. The lecture will take place at 17:30 on 17 September, in the Christ Lec...
6 June 2019
ACU senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages, Dr Michael P Theophilos has been awarded the 2019 Paul J Achtemeier Award for New Testament Studies.
30 May 2019
Prizewinning French philosopher, Claude Romano, returns to ACU in May-June 2019 to continue his work in phenomenology and hermeneutics as a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critic...
27 March 2019
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has performed remarkably well over the last three years in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.