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The Center for Philosophy of Religion promotes new research in theistic and Christian philosophy and fosters dialogue between philosophy and theology, through residential fellowships, grants, multi-year research initiatives, conferences, workshops, lectures, and public debates.

News and Announcements

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Hope & Optimism Project Website Launch

The website contains information on the project's five different funding initiatives, a brief video trailer, as well as other resources on hope and optimism, including a select bibliography and a lexicon.  We especially encourage those who are interested in applying for funding to visit the funding initiative pages, which include important details on research questions, deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.


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$4.8 Million Awarded for The Experience Project

Center Co-Directors Michael Rea and Samuel Newlands, and philosopher L.A. Paul (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will lead a new interdisciplinary research initiative that explores the nature and implications of transformative experiences, the character of religious and spiritual experiences, and how work on transformative experience may illumine our understanding of religious and spiritual experiences. We intend to fund research on the nature of experience in philosophy, psychology, sociology, philosophy of religion, theology, and religious studies. Read more about the project on The Experience Project website.

Inaugural Issue of λogoi

Analytic Theology Lecture Series
Fourth Annual Analytic Theology Lecture

λogoi will take the place of our newsletter, and will be published annually in the Spring.

This issue features articles by Stephen WykstraNatalja DengRyan Mullins and Jim Sterba, and interviews with Trent Dougherty and Pamela Sue Anderson.

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In conjunction with the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings 2014, Oliver D. Crisp will deliver the Fourth Annual Analytic Theology Lecture entitled "Is Random Enough?" on Sunday, November 23. The lecture will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego from 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Indigo Ballroom B. A reception will follow from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in Indigo Ballroom C. All are welcome to attend.

You may read the abstract here.

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Friday Morning Discussion Group Meetings

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The next meeting is scheduled for October 31. The group will discuss "The Metaphysics of Union with God" by Carl Mosser.

See our calendar for the full schedule.


Oliver Crisp (Fuller Theological Seminary), Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers University), Kevin Diller (Taylor University), and Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge) discuss the complex relationship between faith and reason. More videos are available on our Videos page.

The Journal of Analytic Theology

Introducing the Global Philosophy of Religion Calendar

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We are excited to announce the second volume of the Journal of Analytic Theology, a new, open access, international joint publication of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and Baylor University. It explores theological and meta-theological topics in a manner that prizes terminological clarity and argumentative rigor, including historical studies that seek to elucidate conceptual challenges or explore strategies for addressing them.







Our website is now equipped with a calendar featuring conferences, workshops, call for papers, and other events in philosophy of religion outside of the Center for Philosophy of Religion.

Please send relevant announcements for the calendar to philreligion@nd.edu.

Global Philosophy of Religion calendar


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Discussion Group

Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am

The group will discuss "The Metaphysics of Union with God" by Carl Mosser.

Pub Night

Thu Nov 6, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Hang out with philosophers. There will be opportunity to purchase food and drinks.