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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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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Doing theology as self-deceivers: Lessons from Blaise Pascal and experimental psychology, Lexi Eikelboom

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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

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

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

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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

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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 L. White

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

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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Introduction to Current controversies in virtue theory, Mark Alfano

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Placebo effects and informed consent, Mark Alfano

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Can people be virtuous?, Mark Alfano and James Montmarquet

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The Oxford handbook of Maximus the Confessor, Pauline Allen and Bronwen Neil

Augustine and the west to ad 650, Lewis Ayres

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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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The Word answering the Word: Opening the space of Catholic biblical interpretation, Lewis Ayres

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

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Crucifixion as wisdom: Exploring the idealogy of a disreputable social movement, John M. G. Barclay

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Interpretation, not repetitions on Bultmann as a theological reader of Paul, John M. G. Barclay

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Paul and the gift, John M. G. Barclay

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The last years of Paul: What are the Issues?, John M. G. Barclay

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The text of Galatians and the theology of Luther, John M. G. Barclay

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

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Being found fighting against god: Luke's Gamaliel and Josephus on human responses to divine providence, Kylie Crabbe

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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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A third method of ethics?, Roger Crisp

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Keeping things simple, Roger Crisp

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The duty to do the best for one’s patient, Roger Crisp

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The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics, Roger Stephen Crisp

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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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Redeeming duality: Anthropological split-ness and embodied soteriology, Lexi Eikelboom

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Strife or rhythm? Martin Heidegger and Giorgio Agamben on the origin of art, Lexi Eikelboom

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Moral arguments for theism and divine command theories of moral obligation, C. Stephen Evans

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What does it mean to be a bodily soul?, C. Stephen Evans and Brandon L. Rickabaugh

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Papers on Sidonius Apollinaris, Michael Hanaghan

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Eliot's Rose Garden: Some phenomenology and theology in "Burnt Norton", Kevin Hart

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Metaphysics and religion, Kevin Hart

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The absolute event of history: The Shoah and the Outside, Kevin Hart

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The irreducible, Kevin Hart

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'Poverty's speech': On liturgical reduction, Kevin John Hart

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It is a great disgrace for our city. Archbishop Antoninus and heresy in Renaissance Florence, Peter Howard

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A Thomistic reading of Kant's groundwork of the metaphysics of morals: Searching for the unconditioned, Christopher J. Insole

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

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Evaluating Church organisations by the light of lumen gentium a dialogue between ecclesiology and management theory, Christina Kheng

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Divine breastfeeding: milk, blood, and pneuma in clement of Alexandria's paedagogus, Dawn La Valle

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"I will become Him": Homology and deification in the Gospel of Thomas, M. David Litwa

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Apologetics and anti-apologetics in Taylor's a secular age, Charles Lockwood