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 2015

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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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Collecting early Christian Letters: From the Apostle Paul to Late Antiquity, Bronwen Neil and Pauline Allen

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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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After Beryl Smalley: Thirty years of medieval exegesis, 1984-2013, Christopher Ocker and Kevin Madigan

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Rational beings with emotional needs: The patient-centered grounds of Kant's Duty of Humanity, Tyler Paytas

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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

Identite et ipseite: L'Apport de Paul Ricoeur et ses prolongements, Claude Romano

Le don le donation et le paradoxe, 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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La doxologie des etres celestes et son importnace liturgique, Youhanna Youssef

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Procession of the cross according to a rite of Dyr Bayad, Youhanna Youssef

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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

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The role of death in the ladder of divine ascent and the Greek Ascetic tradition, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2014

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Expanding the situationist challenge to reliabilism about inference, Mark Alfano

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Stereotype threat and intellectual virtue, Mark Alfano

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What are the bearers of virtues, Mark Alfano

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Ethical naturalism as a challenge to theological ethics, Robert Audi

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Augustine on the Triune Life of God, Lewis Ayres

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Constructing a dialogue: 4 Ezra and Paul on the mercy of God, John M. G. Barclay

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Grace and the countercultural reckoning of worth: Community constructon in Galatians 5-6, John M. G. Barclay

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Humanity under faith, John M. G. Barclay

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'Jews' and 'Christians' in the eyes of Roman authors c. 100CE, John M. G. Barclay

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Pure Grace? Pauls' distinctive Jewish theology of gift, John M. G. Barclay

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"For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia": A note on the text of Galatians 4,25, Stephen C. Carlson

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Origen's use of the Gospel of Thomas, Stephen C. Carlson

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The two dimensions, temporal and spatial, of the secular: Comparative reflections on the Nordic Protestant and Southern Catholic patterns from a global perspective, José Casanova

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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

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

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Outlining the field - A research program for empirically informed ethics, Markus Christen and Mark Alfano

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

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Moral testimony pessimism: A defence, Roger Crisp

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Nobility in the Nicomachean Ethics, Roger Crisp

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Sidgwick and utilitarianism in the late nineteenth century, Roger Crisp

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Sidgwick on virtue, Roger Crisp

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Taking stock of utilitarianism, Roger Crisp

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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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Μόνον or μονῶν? Reading 1 John 2:2c from the editio critica maior, Tung Minh Do

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Paul's witness to formative early Christian instruction, Benjamin Edsall

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Why Stanley Hauerwas needs Blaise Pascal: Sin, anthropology, and Christian witness, Lexi Eikelboom

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The breath of the Spirit in the Church: The Sensus Fidelium and Canon Law, Anthony Ekpo

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Women as first among equals: A subversive reading of domesticity in totality and infinity, Jeffrey Hanson

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Kant and the creation of freedom: A response to Terry Godlove, Christopher Insole

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The deification of Moses in Philo of Alexandria, David Litwa

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The god 'human' and human gods. Models of deification in Irenaeus and the Apocryphon of john, David Litwa

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The wondrous exchange: Irenaeus and Eastern Valentinians on the soteriology of interchange, David Litwa

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You are gods: deification in the naassene writer and Clement of Alexandria, David Litwa

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Addiction, competence and coercion, Stephen Matthews

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Music therapy and dementia: Rethinking the debate over advance directives, Stephen Matthews

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

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The Letters of Gelasius I (492-496): Pastor and micro-manager of the Church of Rome, Bronwen Neil and Pauline Allen

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

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

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Addendum to the grace-nature distinction, Neil Ormerod

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The grace-nature distinction and the construction of a systematic theology, Neil Ormerod

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The metaphysics of holiness: Created participation in the divine nature, Neil Ormerod

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Sometimes psychopaths get it right: A utilitarian response to 'The Mismeasure of Morals', Tyler Paytas

Le soi implicite, Claude Romano

Presence et temporalite: Reflexions sur l'inachevement de sein und zeit, Claude Romano

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Is Matthew 28 : 16-20 the Summary of the Gospel?, David Sim

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Faith, wisdom, and the transmission of knowledge through testimony, Eleanore Stump

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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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Character as moral fiction, Mark Alfano

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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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“If He caught me here, / O’erheard this speech”: Audience, Performance, and Genre in Browning’s “Caliban upon Setebos”, Veronica Alfano

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'Because he was rich he became poor': Translation, exegesis and hermeneutics in the reading of 2 Cor 8:9, John M. G. Barclay

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Faith and self-detachment from cultural norms: A study in Romans 14-15, John M. G. Barclay

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Under grace: The Christ-gift and the construction of a Christian habitus, John M. G. Barclay

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Can the academy protect itself from one of its own? The case of secret Mark, Stephen C. Carlson

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Exploring the postsecular: Three meanings of "the secular" and their possible transcendence, José Casanova

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A conversation, José Casanova, Michael Jon Kessler, John Milbank, and Mark Lilla

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Ethical issues of 'morality mining': Moral identity as a focus of data mining, Markus Christen, Mark Alfano, Endre Bangerter, and Daniel Lapsley

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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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Are egoism and consequentialism self-refuting?, Roger Crisp

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In defence of absolute goodness, Roger Crisp

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Methods, methodology, and moral judgement: Sidgwick on the nature of ethics, Roger Crisp

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Supererogation and virtue, Roger Crisp

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Greco-Roman costume and Paul's Fraught Argument in 1 Corinthians 11.2-16, Benjamin A. Edsall