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

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

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 Crawford

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

Submissions from 2017

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

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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

Ephrem, commentary on the gospel 1.2-1.8, Michael Champion

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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Scholarly practices: The Eusebian canon tables in the Hiberno-Latin tradition, Matthew 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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Theology and poetry in early Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist, Sarah Gador-Whyte

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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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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

Cyril of Alexandria, five tomes against Nestorius 4.1-4.2, Nick Trakakis

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

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Teacher of the nations, Devin 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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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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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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The importance of perspective: The Jewish-Roman conflict of 66-70 CE as a revolution, James McLaren and Martin Goodman

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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

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Avons-nous besoin des essences en philosophie?, Claude Romano

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De la suprise du dasein conjectures sur deux phrases de sein und zeit, Claude Romano

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Sincérité et naturel, Claude Romano

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

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Rescuing Companions in Guilt Arguments, Richard Rowland

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Philo in Byzantium: An exploration, David T. Runia

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Love and forgiveness: Swinburne on atonement, Eleanore Stump

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Eusebius transformed, Francis Watson

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Text, translation, and date, Francis Watson

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The Canon table sequence, Francis Watson

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The four evangelists: Texts and portraits, Francis Watson

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How did Mark survive?, Francis Benedict Watson

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Luke rewriting and rewritten, Francis Benedict Watson

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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

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Confronting oracular contradiction in acts 21:1-14, Devin White

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The problematic text of Athenagoras of Athens's leg. 12.3: A proposed emendation, Devin White