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 2016

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

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

Submissions from 2015

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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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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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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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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

Submissions from 2013

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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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Wrong Kind of Reasons and Consequences, Richard Rowland

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Thomas Aquinas, A Portrait, Denys Turner

Submissions from 2012

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Into the Cloud of Witnesses: Latin Trinitarian Theology Beyond its Modern 'Revivals', Lewis Ayres

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Where Does the Trinity Appear? Augustine's Aplogetics and Philosophical Readings of the DeTrinitate, Lewis Ayres

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Works on the Spirit: Athanasius and Didymus, Lewis Ayres

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Globalization and the free exercise of Religion Worldwide, Jose Casanova

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Rethinking public religions, Jose Casanova

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Eckhart, Derrida and the Gift of Love, David Newheiser

Submissions from 2011

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Augustine, Lewis Ayres

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Augustine on the Trinity, Lewis Ayres

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The Trinity and the Life of the Christian: A Liturgical Catechism, Lewis Ayres

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Aeneas of Gaza on the Soul, Michael Champion

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Endurance, Courage and The Life of Faith in the Monastries Near Gaza, Michael Champion

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That You May Not Sin: On the reading of 1 John 2:1b, Tung Do

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Why Pass Every Buck? On Skorupski's Buck-Passing Account of Normativity, Richard Rowland

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Christians Muslims and the Name of God: Who Owns it and How Would We Know?, Denys Turner

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Julian of Norwich, Theologian, Denys Turner