The aim of the network is to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion. One of the ways it will attempt to do this is by putting into practice models for maximising and measuring the impact of philosophy of religion on religious communities.

At stake in this project therefore is the influence faith communities can have on religious research and the impact religious research can have on faith communities, as well as the academy’s ability to measure this impact. What is distinctive about this network is the central role philosophy of religion will play. It will hopefully point to ways in which philosophy of religion can in the future interact fruitfully with theology and the social sciences, so as to promote an inclusive and joined-up conception of research on religion.

The stated objectives are as follows:

  1. To facilitate collaboration among three groups with a vested interest in religion: philosophers of religion, researchers on religion and religious practitioners.
  2. To incorporate the work of philosophers of religion into contemporary research on religion.
  3. To forge closer relations between theory and practice in religious research, especially in philosophy of religion, in three ways: (a) to model and implement strategies for maximising the impact of theory on religious communities; (b) to develop means of measuring this impact; (c) to foreground the reflection of religious practitioners (especially the diversity of such reflection) in the construction of research on religion.

In 2011, Christopher Baker, John Reader and Daniel Whistler edited a special issue of Political Theology that set out the basic theoretical orientation of the project. The editors’ introduction can be read here.


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