Invitation to Survey on the Role of Values in the Study of Religion

Dear Colleague in the Academic Study of Religion,

In his 2015 Presidential Address to the American Academy of Religion, Thomas Tweed asserted that a “values approach can clarify divisive internal debates within the AAR, especially between those who identify with theology and those who identify with religious studies, and … disclose points of agreement as we refine the arguments we employ to defend the study of religion in the public arena and on our own campuses.” The four of us (signatures below) share that hope and invite you to participate in a survey – the VISOR survey – that will allow us actually to test Tweed’s claims. Continue reading Invitation to Survey on the Role of Values in the Study of Religion

AIPCT Grand Opening and Inaugural Lecture



The AIPCT Announces its Grand Opening and Inaugural Lecture
Dr. Larry A. Hickman
“Humanism, the Humanities, and Technoscience”
Introduction, John R. Shook, President, AIPCT

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM
411 N. 9th Street, Murphysboro, IL
Open to the Public (no reservation or RSVP needed)

The Institute will open at 5:30, refreshments will be served, and the lecture will be followed by a reception and tours. Parking is in the rear of the house (down the alley) and on the streets in the neighborhood.

The AIPCT has applied for 501c3 status in the State of Illinois. You may contact us at 618-565-1238, or by e-mail at

2016 IARPT Conference Call for Papers


IARPT Conference 2016: Aesthetics and the Arts
June 13-16
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Program Chairs: Walter Gulick and Gary Slater

For its 2016 annual conference, the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought calls for papers addressing the themes of art and aesthetics. The conference proceedings will themselves offer a number of opportunities to experience the arts in display and performance as well as to reflect upon the significance of the arts. Continue reading 2016 IARPT Conference Call for Papers