The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) promotes collaborative research on religion from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, theology, history, and literature. Focusing on Christian thought and practice from antiquity to today, we explore inter-relationships between religion and its cultural contexts, and contribute to contemporary theological, philosophical, ethical, and political debates. In this way, the IRCI aims to advance understanding of our world and imagine ways to improve it.

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Submissions from 2017

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Theology and poetry in early Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist, Sarah Gador-Whyte

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The equivocity of habit, Claude Romano

Submissions from 2016

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Trust, but verify: A language and the role of trust in corporate culture, Robert Audi, Tim Loughran, and Bill McDonald

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As We are One: Thinking into the Mystery, Lewis Ayres

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Virtue, situationism, and the cognitive value of art, Jacob Berger and Mark Alfano

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On Paul's second visit to Corinth: 'The Greek passage', parsing, and presupposition in 2 Corinthians 2:1, Stephen C. Carlson

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The Problemata of Tatian: Recovering the Fragments of a Second-Century Christian Intellectual, Matthew Crawford

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'Confessing God from a Good Conscience': 1 Peter 3:21 and Early Christian Baptismal Theology, Matthew Roy Crawford

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Kavwv and Scripture according to the Letter of Peter to James, Matthew Roy Crawford

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Resolving Genealogical Ambiguity: Eusebius and (ps-) Ephrem on Luke 1.36, Matthew Roy Crawford

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The Diatessaron, Canonical or Non-Canonical? Rereading the Dura Fragment, Matthew Roy Crawford

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Persuasion and Force in Acts: A response to C. Kavin Rowe, Benjamin Andrew Edsall

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Robust moral realism: An excellent religion, David Killoren

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From the joy of the gospel to the joy of Christ, Philip McCosker

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The perspective of a Jewish priest on the Johannine Timing of the Action in the Temple, James McLaren

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Theophanes Confessor on the Arab Conquest: The Latin Version of Anastasius Bibliothecarius, Bronwen Neil

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Studying dream interpretation from early Christianity to the rise of Islam, Bronwen Jennifer Neil

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Foucault, Gary Becker and the critique of neoliberalism, David Andrew Newheiser

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Sensus Fidei and sociology: How do we find the normative in the empirical?, Neil James Ormerod

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The place of the Papacy in a historically concious ecclesiology, Neil James Ormerod

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Reading Councils Backwards: Challenging Teleological Perspectives of Constantinople’s Ecclesiastical Development from 381 to 451, Justin Matthew Pigott

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'Only cuppa tea Christians': Colonisation, authentic indigeneity and the missionary linguist, Laura Rademaker

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Religion for the modern girl: Maude Royden in Australia, 1928, Laura Rademaker

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'We want a good mission not rubish please': Aboriginal petitions and mission nostalgia, Laura Rademaker

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Why historians need linguists (and linguists need historians), Laura Rademaker

There is: The event and the finitude of appearing, Claude Romano

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How did Mark survive?, Francis Benedict Watson

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Luke rewriting and rewritten, Francis Benedict Watson

The fourfold gospel: A theological reading of the New Testament portraits of Jesus, Francis Benedict Watson

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Towards a redaction-critical reading of the Diatessaron Gospel, Francis Benedict Watson

Submissions from 2015

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An enchanting abundance of types: Nietzsche's modest unity of virtue thesis, Mark Alfano

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Becoming less unreasonable: A reply to Sherman, Mark Alfano

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How one becomes what one is called on the relation between traits and trait-terms in Nietzsche, Mark Alfano

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Placebo effects and informed consent, Mark Alfano

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God, Lewis Ayres

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Irenaeus vs the Valentinians:Toward a Rethinking of Patristic Exegetical Origins, Lewis Ayres

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The Memory of Tradition: Postconciliar Renewal and One Recent Thomism, Lewis Ayres

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Irenaeus vs. the Valentinians: Toward a rethinking of patristic exegetical origins, Lewis Odell Ayres

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Representing Emotions in Three Byzantine Orations of Michael Psellos, Michael Champion

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Ammonius of Alexandria, Eusebius of Caesarea and the Origins of Gospels Scholarship, Matthew Crawford

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"Reordering the Confusion": Tatian, the Second Sophistic, and the so-called Diatessaron, Matthew Crawford

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Reading the Diatessaron with Ephrem: The Word and the Light, the Voice and the Star, Matthew R. Crawford

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The Fourfold Gospel in the Writings of Ephrem the Syrian, Matthew R. Crawford

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Christ Crucified and Raised from the Dead: Paul's Baptismal Theology and Metaphorical Appropriations in Romans 6:3-4, Tung Do

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The songs we used to sing? Hymn 'traditions' and reception in Pauline Letters, Benjamin Edsall and Jennifer Strawbridge

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Humans and other creatures: Creation, original grace and original sin, Denis Edwards

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Incarnation and the natural world: Explorations in the tradition of Athanasius, Denis Edwards

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Metaphysics and religion, Kevin Hart

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Method, meaning, and the theologies of religions, Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

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Bio-Technical Challenges to Moral Autonomy, Stephen Matthews

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Dementia and the power of music therapy, Steve Matthews

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A body broken for a broken people. Divorce, remarriage, and the Eucharist, Francis Moloney

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Eckhart, Derrida and the Gift of Love, David Newheiser

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Sexuality and Christian Tradition: Innovation and Fidelity, Ancient and Modern, David Newheiser

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Missions and Aboriginal difference: Judith Stokes and Australian missionary linguistics, Laura Rademaker

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Missions, politics and linguistic research: The case of the Anindilyakwa language, Laura Rademaker

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Reversing the side-effect effect: The power of salient norms, Brian Robinson, Paul Stey, and Mark Alfano

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At the heart of reason, Claude Romano

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Dissolving the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem, Richard Rowland

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Reasons as the Unity Among the Varieties of Goodness, Richard Rowland

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Jews, Gentiles and the ethnic identity in the Gospel of Matthew, David Sim

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KTIETHE (Peter 4:19) in light of the Numismatic record, Michael Theophilos

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Does historical criticism exist? A contribution to debate on the theological interpretation of scripture, Francis Watson

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Paul and the hermeneutics of faith, Francis Benedict Watson

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Severus of Antioch, Youhanna Youssef

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Shaping Coptic Christian identity: Severus and the adoption in Egypt of the Cult of the Forty Martyrs, Youhanna Youssef

Submissions from 2014

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Augustine and the Trinity, Lewis Ayres

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Augustine on the Triune Life of God, Lewis Ayres

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Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza, Michael Champion

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Grief and desire, body and soul in Gregory of Nyssa's life of Saint Macrina, Michael Champion

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'The Academy and the Lyceum are among us': Plato and the Platonic tradition in the works of Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius, Michael Champion

The Siege of Rhodes and the Ethics of War, Michael Champion

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Cyril of Alexandria's Trinitarian Theology of Scripture, Matthew R. Crawford

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Does 'About the whole world' imply the sins of the whole world in 1 John 2,2?, Toan (Tung) Do

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Movov or Uovwv? Reading 1 John 2:2c from the Editio Critica Maior, Tung Do

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Neuromarketing: What is it and is it a threat to privacy?, Stephen Matthews

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Conceiving Transformaton without Triumphalism: Joachim of Fiore Against Gianni Vattimo, David Newheiser

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A response to Richard Bauckham and Heike Omerzu, Francis Watson

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Antony's vision of death? Athanasius of Alexandria, Palladius of Heenopolis, and Egyptian Mortuary Religion, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2013

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Identifying and defending the hard core of virtue ethics, Mark Alfano

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Nietzsche, naturalism, and the tenacity of the intentional, Mark Alfano

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The most agreeable of all vices: Nietzsche as virtue epistemologist, Mark Alfano

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Assessing the Authenticity of the Greek Fragments on Psalm 22 (LXX) Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria, Matthew R. Crawford

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Diatessaron, a Misnomer? Evidence from Ephrem's Commentary, Matthew R. Crawford

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On the Diversity and Influence of the Eusebian Alliance: The case of Theodore of Heraclea, Matthew R. Crawford

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Scripture as 'one book': Origen, Jerome, and Cyril of Alexandria on Isaiah 29:11, Matthew R. Crawford

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The preface and subject matter of Cyril of Alexandria's de Adoratione, Matthew R. Crawford

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The Triumph of Pro-nicene Theology over Anti-Monarchian Exegesis: Cyril of Alexandria and Theodore of Heraclea on John 14.10-11, Matthew R. Crawford

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Changing conceptions of Mary in sixth-century Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist, Sarah Gador-Whyte

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Group agency and overdetermination, David Killoren and Bekka Williams

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Virtue and vice attributions in the business context: An experimental investigation, Brian Robinson, Paul Stey, and Mark Alfano

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Wrong Kind of Reasons and Consequences, Richard Rowland

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Thomas Aquinas, A Portrait, Denys Turner

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Gospel writing: A canonical perspective, Francis Benedict Watson

Death among the desert fathers: Evagrius and theophilus in the sayings tradition, Jonathan Zecher

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The angelic life in desert and ladder: John Climacus's re-formulation of Ascetic Spirituality, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2012

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Expanding the situationist challenge to responsibilist virtue epistemology, Mark Alfano

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Wilde heuristics and Rum Tum Tuggers: Preference indeterminacy and instability, Mark Alfano

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The centrality of belief and reflection in Knobe-Effect cases: A unified account of the data, Mark Robert Alfano

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Grandmothers in the archive: Three digital collections of women's writing, Veronica Alfano