As we are pressed by advances in technology and biology, on the one hand, and by rapid social and political change, on the other, theology and religious studies promise a space of reflection, perspective, and new possibilities. Funded by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Office of the Vice Provost at Indiana University Bloomington, the Center for Religion and the Human supports interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research on religion which attends to these new realities while being rooted in IUB’s traditions of excellence in humanist, social-scientific and historical scholarship.
“Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse” by Mary-Jane Rubenstein
The Center for Religion and the Human at IU Bloomington announces Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (Colombia University Press, 2014) as winner of the third annual Iris Book Award. Rubenstein is Professor of Religion and Science in Society at Wesleyan University, where she is also affiliated with the Philosophy Department and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.Read the complete press release for the 2022 Iris Book Award
by Aaron Glass
"...I wanted to feature Paikea’s story to educate audiences on how Indigenous conceptions of 'active matter' are challenging standard Western ontologies and museum values, and how some museums are productively engaging with communities to adapt and adjust their protocols."Read more from "Hosting Paikea: On Indigenous Ontologies of Carving and Kinship"
by Samuel Ernest
"Christian institutions that refuse to hire LGBTQ faculty are precisely the places where queer theology and queer theological pedagogy belongs. Not just because the student body needs it, but due to the constitutive irony of queerness..."Read more from "Teaching Queer Christian Theology [Where It Can’t Be Taught]"
by M. Adryael Tong
"Different people and different publics will have different reactions, thoughts, and answers to the question. But for me, it is precisely this practice of asking, thinking, and answering that is important."Read more from "Cultivating Curiosity, or, Why Study Scripture At All?"
"An absorbing collection of essays on religious textures in Knausgaard’s writings and our time," featuring work by Courtney Bender, Jeremy Biles, Liane Carlson, Joshua Dubler, Hannah C. Garvey, M. Cooper Harriss, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, and Erik Thorstensen.Learn more about "The Abyss or Life Is Simple"
by Kaitlyn Ugoretz
What do you know about Japanese religions? And how have you come to know what you know?Read more from "Animating Religious Literacy: Japanese Pop Culture and Teaching through Video"
Furey Awarded Eastman House Residency
Constance Furey will spend October in residency at the Max Eastman house on Martha’s Vineyard, working with her collaborator, Rebecca Schorsch, on Unlearning Religion, a co-authored book about teaching.Learn more about the Eastman Residency and Teaching Religion in Public
by Guesnerth Josué Perea
"As a Colombian, Black, Latino, ecumenical Christian, I am faced with the complex reality that the expression of the faith I profess, was born in, and grew up with, has often been the very tool used to pilfer the imago dei from me and others of African Descent."Read more from "El mensaje de mi gente: The Need for Developing an Afro-Latinx Theology"
Unstately Black Religion: A Three-Year Study
We are pleased to announce that co-directors J. Kameron Carter and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the initiative “Unstately Black Religion: A Three-Year Study.”Learn more about the Henry Luce Foundation grant
FROM FEBRUARY 9, 2022
The Center for Religion and the Human announces Terence Keel’s Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science (Stanford University Press, 2018) as winner of the second annual Iris Book Award.Watch the recording of the Iris Book Award Prize Ceremony
reflections on the pandemic
Our project takes the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene in the garden after she discovers his empty tomb — noli me tangere (“touch me not”) — as a provocation for reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic, and on other pandemics, viral and social, that engulf us.Visit the Noli Me Tangere Project's website
Theologies of American Exceptionalism
A collection of fifteen interlocking essays reflecting on the vagaries of exceptionalist claims in and about the United States. Loosely and generatively curious, these essays bring together a range of historical and contemporary voices, some familiar and some less so, to stimulate new thought about America. Available in paperback, or in a free e-book version.View Theologies of American Exceptionalism
The journal Political Theology hosts an online symposium on CRH Co-Director Winnifred Fallers Sullivan's newest book Church State Corporation (University of Chicago Press, 2020).Read the Political Theology's collection of essays
From Wednesday, March 24
Please enjoy our recording of this event!
J. Kameron Carter hosted a conversation with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, author of Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (NYU Press, 2020).Watch Zakiyyah Iman Jackson's conversation with J. Kameron Carter
A teaching module by James Howard Hill, Jr. (University of Oklahoma).
A teaching module by Mihee Kim-Kort (Indiana University).