CTI Reception at AAR / SBL Meeting in San Diego

Join us on Sunday November 23, 2014, as the Center of Theological Inquiry welcomes Members and friends to its annual breakfast reception (Session M23-1), including those interested in applying to the Center’s residential fellowship program for the 2015-2016 academic year. To learn more about the upcoming Inquiry, you can visit the Apply page. 

Visit us at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in Torrey Pines Room 1 from 7:00 am - 8:30 am.



From the beginnings of human society, religion has shaped lives, formed identities, and held communities together. In the modern world, religious diversity has made religious freedom both a demand of individual conscience and a requirement of social peace. The question for law and society has been, “How much religious freedom can we allow?” New inquiries in history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology suggest that religion remains essential to human identity and social cohesion, even in a modern, pluralistic society. Perhaps, then, the question is, “How much religious freedom do we require?” Answering that question invites critical thinking about how a law that preserves religious freedom can be reconciled with the requirements of many different religions. 

2015 – 2016


Societal understanding of the meaning, value, and future of life on earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific investigation of its origin and evolution. Today, the new science of astrobiology extends this search for understanding to include the possibility of other life, elsewhere in the universe. 
The discovery of another form of life, whether microbial or complex, would change how we see ourselves and our world. How would theology, the humanities, and the social sciences relate life as we know it to this background of other possibilities?
A comprehensive understanding of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe requires dialogue with the best current science and collaboration across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

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New thinking about theology, biology, and anthropology during the 2012-13 year continues to shape interdisciplinary studies by the research team as they return to their home institutions. The Inquiry provided the framework for a comprehensive multileveled account of human experience that reaches from its biological origins to the social spaces that provide niches for cultural development and human evolution. We invite you to follow the continuing news of the Inquiry on Evolution and Human Nature as new publications become available and new projects are announced.

CTI will continue to explore the themes of the nature of life and its evolution in a new Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology, which will begin in the fall of 2015 with the assistance of a generous grant from NASA.