The Global Philosophy of Religion Project is a major initiative that aims to make the philosophy of religion a truly global field. It is supported by funding totalling £2.15 million from the John Templeton Foundation and the Dynamic Investment Fund (DIF) at the University of Birmingham and €220,000 from the European Commission. It is led by Professor Yujin Nagasawa and hosted by the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham.
The philosophy of religion addresses the most fundamental issues concerning religious concepts, beliefs and practice. Among these are the existence and nature of deities, evil and suffering in the world, religious and mystical experiences, and death and the possibility of immortality. It is notable that these issues are relevant to a variety of religious traditions and geographical locations. The scale and diversity of the philosophy of religion have however both been limited compared with those of other fields of study.
Our strategy for diversifying the philosophy of religion has two dimensions. First, we will promote research by scholars from underrepresented regions, with a particular focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Second, we will promote research addressing underrepresented religious traditions, with special attention to traditions that are broadly construed as theistic, such as African traditional religions, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism, as well as Christianity. Our ultimate goal is to advance the philosophy of religion by engaging the best scholars from all regions and traditions.
Articles about our project
'£2.15 Million Global Research to Look into Fundamental Issues Concerning Religious Concepts and Beliefs' (University of Birmingham)
'$2.9 Million to Globalize the Philosophy of Religion Project' (John Templeton Foundation)
'Birmingham Philosophers Explore Big Questions with US TV Closer To Truth' (University of Birmingham)
'Television Show Partners with Philosophers to Explore Philosophy of Religion' (Daily Nous)
Philosophy of Religion for the 21st Century
Welcome to the website of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project. This project was made possible through generous financial and intellectual support from the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Birmingham. Over the next three years, we will organise a wide range of activities, such as: competitions for research project grants, translation grants, language support grants for non-native English-speaking scholars and travel bursaries for PhD students and junior academics; publication seminars taught by editors of leading journals and international conferences to facilitate cross-religion debates on philosophical themes; open-access publications on the project themes; and public lectures, podcasts and video interviews.
We hope our project will have a substantial impact on reshaping the philosophy of religion for the 21st century.
Yujin Nagasawa, Project Leader