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 visiting scholar program for the 2015-2016 academic year, which will be open to scholars with their own research proposals in theology.

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. 

2013 – 2014


Interdisciplinary studies in psychology, neuroscience, and cultural and biological anthropology are contributing to a comprehensive account of human nature that has never been possible before. Reductive theories that require a choice between monocausal explanations—biological necessity or social construction, genetic inheritance or cultural formation, nature or nurture—are giving way to interdisciplinary accounts of complex human phenomena that draw on multiple explanatory frameworks. Theological accounts of virtue and vice, spiritual experience, and personal transformation have a place in this comprehensive interdisciplinary inquiry, which proceeds not by simply comparing perspectives, methods, and hypotheses, but by asking how each way of knowing can use the results of the other to shape its own substantive questions and future inquiries.

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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.