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 2018

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The Nietzschean precedent for anti-reflective, dialogical agency, Mark Alfano

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The Nietzschean precedent for anti-reflective, dialogical agency [accepted manuscript], Mark Alfano

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John Chrysostom On Almsgiving and the Therapy of the Soul, Junghun Bae

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Prophecy, ethical constraints, and unjust silence, Alda Balthrop-Lewis

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Thoreau's Woodchopper, Wordsworth's Leech-gatherer, and the representation of “Humble and Rustic Life”, Alda Balthrop-Lewis

After the end of philosophy of religion, Michael Champion

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Rejection at Nazareth in the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke - and Tatian, Matthew Roy Crawford

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This is not the end: The present age and the eschaton in Mark's narrative, Ben Edsall

The language of luxury in Renaissance Florence, Peter Howard

Hermetica II: The Excerpts of Stobaeus, papyrus fragments, and ancient testimonies in a English translation with notes and introductions, M. David Litwa

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Derrida and the danger of religion, David Newheiser

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Matter and the soul: the bipartite eschatology of the gospel of Mary, Sarah Parkhouse

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The reception of evagrian psychology in the Ladder of Divine Ascent: John Cassian and Gregory Nazianzen as sources and conversation partners, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2017

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Technologies of forgetting: Phonographs, lyric voice, and Rossetti's woodspurge, Veronica Alfano

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The lyric in Victorian memory: Poetic remembering and forgetting from Tennyson to Housman, Veronica Alfano

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Church and emperor in the letters of Hormisdas I, Bishop of Rome (514-523), Pauline Allen

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Giving some tips for happiness from late antiquity, Pauline Allen

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John Chriysostom, Pauline Allen

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Letters, instructions, gifts, the embassies of Hormisdas, bishop of Rome (514-532), to Constantinople, Pauline Allen

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Severus of Antioch. Homilies and hymns on martyrs, Pauline Allen

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Eschatological Viticulture in 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, and the Presbyters of Papias, Stephen Carlson

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The polysemy of πάλιν with particular attention to Mark 15,13 (and John 18,40), Stephen Carlson

'A pleasure to gaze on great conflicts': violence and Epicurean philosophy, Michael Champion

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Paideia as humility and becoming God-like in Dorotheos of Gaza, Michael Champion

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'War is the father and king of all': discourses, experiences, and theories of Hellenistic violence, Michael Champion

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Epilogue: Violence and its emotional representation in the Hellenistic World, Michael Champion and Lara O'Sullivan

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Ephrem, commentary on the Gospel 1.2-1.8, Matthew Crawford

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Cyril of Alexandria, five tomes against Nestorius 4.1-4.2, Matthew R. Crawford

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Scholarly practices: The Eusebian canon tables in the Hiberno-Latin tradition, Matthew Roy Crawford

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Higher and lower pleasures revisited: Evidence from neuroscience, Roger Crisp and Morten Kringelbach

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Commentary on 'Competence in chronic mental illness: The relevance of practical wisdom', Roger Stephen Crisp

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(Not) Baptizing Thecla: Early interpretive efforts on 1 Cor 1:17, Ben Edsall

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Rhythmic eschatology: What poetry teaches about the nature of time, Lexi Eikelboom

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Epistemic situationism: An extended prolepsis, Abrol Fairweather and Mark Alfano

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

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Avitus' characterisation in Sidonius' Carm. 7, Michael Hanaghan

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Latent criticism of Anthemius and Ricimer in Sidonius Apollinaris' Epistvlae 1.5, Michael Hanaghan

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Micro allusions to Pliny and Virgil in Sidonius's programmatic epistles, Michael Hanaghan

In Magnificentiae Cosmi Medicei Fiorentini' - Maffei preaching 'against the grain', Peter Howard

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Making a city and citizens: The ‘fruits’ of preaching in Renaissance Florence, Peter Howard

Preaching at San Lorenzo, Peter Howard

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Reasons-based moral judgments and the erotetic theory, Philipp Koralus and Mark Alfano

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The origins of Pauline Theology: Paratexts and Priscillian of Avila's Canons on the Letters of the Apostle Paul, T. J. Lang and Matthew Crawford

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Feasting at the end: Eschatological symposia of methodius of Olympus and Julian the Apostate, Dawn La Valle

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Paul the “god” in Acts 28: A comparison with Philoctetes, David Litwa

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The present and the future of the Research Excellence Framework impact agenda in the UK Academy: A reflection from politics and international studies, Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Laura McLeod, Stephanie Collins, and Gabriel Siles-Brügge

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Coming Late to the table: Methodius in the context of sympotic literary development, Dawn L.V. Norman

Translating Dorotheus of Gaza: From Gaza to humanist Europe, Lara O'Sullivan

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Gospel of Matthew 1, 24-2, 6-7, 10-11, 13, Sarah Parkhouse

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The fetishization of female exempla: Mary, Thecla, Perpetua and Felicitas, Sarah Parkhouse

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Neuroscience, spiritual formation, and bodily souls: A critique of Christian physicalism, Brandon Rickabaugh and C. Stephen Evans

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Neuroscience, spiritual formation, and bodily souls: A critique of Christian physicalism [accepted manuscript], Brandon Rickabaugh and C. Stephen Evans

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L’ipséité : un essai de reformulation à la lumière de Heidegger et de Wittgenstein, Claude Romano

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Note introductive, Claude Romano

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The equivocity of habit, Claude Romano

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Our intuitions about the experience machine, Richard Rowland

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Reasons or fittingness first?, Richard Rowland

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The epistemology of moral disagreement, Richard Rowland

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The significance of significant fundamental moral disagreement, Richard Rowland

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Barth, Ephesians and the practice of theological exegesis, Francis Benedict Watson

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Teacher of the nations, Devin L. White

Submissions from 2016

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Friendship and the Structure of Trust, Mark Alfano

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Moral psychology: An introduction, Mark Alfano

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The topology of communities of trust, Mark Alfano

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A. E. Housman’s Ballad Economies, Veronica Alfano

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A.E. Housman's Ballad Economies, Veronica Alfano

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CPG 4908 in s. Ascensionem Domini Nostri et Salvatoris iesu Christi, Pauline Allen

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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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Against Apion, John Barclay

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Apocalyptic allegiance and disinvestment in the world: A reading of 1 Corinthians 7:25-35, John M. G. Barclay

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KOINΩNIA and the social dynamics of the Letter to Philemon, John M. G. Barclay

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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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Accepting Prophecy: Paul’s Response to Agabus with Insights from Valerius Maximus and Josephus, Kylie Crabbe

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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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Rightness, parsimony, and consequentialism: A response to Peterson, Roger Crisp

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Rossian pluralism, egoism, and pleasure, Roger Crisp

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Socrates and Aristotle on happiness and virtue, Roger Crisp

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

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Kierkegaard's relation to Catholic theology and the broader Christian world, C. Stephen Evans

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A landscape of preaching: Bartolomeo Lapacci Rimbertini OP, Peter Howard

‘A paradise inhabited by Devils’: Bill Kent and his Florentine Renaissance, Peter Howard

La legge di natura nei sermoni e in altri scritti di Antonino da Firenze, Peter Howard

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'Where the poor of Christ are cherished': Poverty in the preaching of Antoninus of Florence, Peter Howard

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The intolerable God: Kant's theological journey, Christopher Insole

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Kant on Christianity, religion and politics: Three hopes, three limits, Christopher J. Insole

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Robust moral realism: An excellent religion, David Killoren

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Why Care About Moral Fixed Points?, David Killoren

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Desiring divinity: self-deification in ancient Jewish and Christian mythmaking, David Litwa

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Gnostic self-deification: the case of Simon of Samaria, David Litwa

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Refutation of all heresies, David Litwa

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Phikola, a mysteries goddess at Phyla, M. David Litwa

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Making faith one’s own: Kevin Hector’s defense of modern theology, Charles Lockwood

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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