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 2013

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From Sensus Fidei to Sensus Legis: Reconciling Faith and Law in the Church, Anthony Ekpo

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Changing conceptions of Mary in sixth-century Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist, Sarah Gador-Whyte

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An inauthentic Georgian epistle attributed to Cyril of Alexandria, Zurab Jashi and Matthew Crawford

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Group agency and overdetermination, David Killoren and Bekka Williams

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Becoming divine: an introduction to deification in western culture, David Litwa

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Foucault and the practice of patristics, David Newheiser

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Virtue and vice attributions in the business context: An experimental investigation, Brian Robinson, Paul Stey, and Mark Alfano

L'inachievement d'etre et temps: Et autres etudes d'histoire de la phenomenologie, Claude Romano

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Moral Error Theory and the Argument from Epistemic Reasons, Richard Rowland

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Wrong Kind of Reasons and Consequences, Richard Rowland

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Thomas Aquinas, A Portrait, Denys Turner

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Gospel writing: A canonical perspective, Francis Benedict Watson

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Death among the desert fathers: Evagrius and theophilus in the sayings tradition, Jonathan Zecher

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The angelic life in desert and ladder: John Climacus's re-formulation of Ascetic Spirituality, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2012

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Expanding the situationist challenge to responsibilist virtue epistemology, Mark Alfano

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Wilde heuristics and Rum Tum Tuggers: Preference indeterminacy and instability, Mark Alfano

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The centrality of belief and reflection in Knobe-Effect cases: A unified account of the data, Mark Robert Alfano

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Grandmothers in the archive: Three digital collections of women's writing, Veronica Alfano

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Are there two free will problems? Compatibilism, incompatibilism, and moral responsibility [Esistono due problemi del libero arbitrio? Compatibilismo, incompaibilismo e responsabilità morale], Robert Audi

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Augustine on redemption, Lewis Ayres

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

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There's fire in that rain: On reading the letter and reading allegorically, 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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Benedict XVI: A ressourcement theologian?, Lewis Ayres, Patricia Kelly, and Thomas Humphries

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Educational opportunity: Why we should move beyond the equality and equal citizenship standards in favor of 'Open Access', S. Stewart Braun

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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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Are we still secular? Explorations on the secular and the post-secular, José Casanova

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Human religious evolution and unfinished creation, José Casanova

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Religion, the Axial Age, and secular modernity in Bellah's Theory of Religious Evolution, José Casanova

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Iris Murdoch on nobility and moral value, Roger Crisp

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Kerygma, catechesis and other things we used to find: Twentieth-century research on early Christian teaching since Alfred Seeberg (1903), Benjamin Andrew Edsall

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Burke and the Natural Law, Christopher J. Insole

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Eckhart, Derrida and the Gift of Love, David Newheiser

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Questioning desire: Lonergan, Girard and Buddhism, Neil Ormerod

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Avant-propos, Claude Romano

De la comprehension - Quelques paralleles entre Wittgenstein et la tradition hermeneutique, Claude Romano

El acontecimiento y el mundo, Claude Romano

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Death and the possibility of a ladder, Jonathan L. Zecher

Submissions from 2011

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Explaining away intuitions about traits: Why virtue ethics seems plausible (even if it isn't), Mark Alfano

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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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Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews, John M. G. Barclay

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Paul, Judaism and the Jewish people, John M. G. Barclay

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Equal opportunity despite family autonomy?, S. Stewart Braun

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The secular, secularizations, secularisms, José Casanova

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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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Ethics without reasons?, Roger Crisp

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In defence of the priority view: A response to Otsuka and Voorhoeve, Roger Crisp

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Naturalism: Feel the width, Roger Crisp

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Pleasure and hedonism in Sidgwick, Roger Crisp

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Reasonable disagreement: Sidgwick's principle and Audi's intutitionism, Roger Crisp

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

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Intellectualism, relational properties and the divine mind in Kant's pre-critical philosophy, Christopher Insole

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Theology and politics: The intellectual history of liberalism, Christopher Insole

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

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Kierkegaard as a Christian psychologist, Mark A. Tietjen and C. Stephen Evans

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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

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Eschatology and the twentieth century: On the reception of Schweitzer in English, Francis Benedict Watson

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Death's spiralling narrative: On 'reading' the Orthodox funeral, Jonathan Zecher

Submissions from 2010

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Augustine and the Trinity, Lewis Ayres

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The accommodations of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem: Κατάλυμα in Luke 2.7, Stephen C. Carlson

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Virtue ethics and virtue epistemology, Roger Crisp

Ambivalence in Dionysius the Areopagite : The Limitations of a Liturgical Reading, David Andrew Newheiser