About Us

The aim of the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion is to foster the study of philosophical questions that arise within religious doctrine and practice. The means of doing so include:

  • Graduate seminars
  • Weekly reading groups
  • Lectures by distinguished visiting professors
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Post-doctoral fellowships
  • Senior fellows
  • The annual Sanders Lecture
  • A network of affiliated faculty at Rutgers and neighboring institutions

The philosophy faculty principally associated with the Center at present are Brian Leftow (Director) and Dean Zimmerman. Other Rutgers faculty participating in or helping to plan the Center’s projects include Tao Jiang (Religion), Edwin Bryant (Religion), James Jones (Religion), Mark Baker (Linguistics), and Colin Jager (English).

External Affiliates of the Center include Hans Halvorson (Princeton), Andrew Chignell (Princeton), Gideon Rosen (Princeton), John Bowlin (Princeton Seminary), Mark Johnston (Princeton), Bryan Frances (Fordham), Stephen Grimm (Fordham), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Anthony Appiah (Princeton), Eric Gregory (Princeton), Charles Comosy (Fordham), and Brian Davies (Fordham).

RCPR will be sponsoring a seminar in Spring semester 2019, co-taught by Brian Leftow and Dean Zimmerman. The seminar will begin with discussion of the promises of, and problems for, Perfect Being Theology; and then turn to some related matters, such as divine eternity and immutability. As part of the seminar, Edwin Bryant will discuss the role the concept of a perfect being has played in some Hindu theology.

RCPR has sponsored many seminars in the recent past. During the academic years 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, the Center sponsored six seminars: three taught by Robert Adams, two by the late Marilyn Adams, and one co-taught by Dean Zimmerman and Mark Baker. In Spring 2019, Howard Robinson and Dean Zimmerman co-taught a seminar titled "God, the Intellect, and Perception".

RCPR always welcomes visiting scholars. At present, RCPR is hosting three post-doctoral fellows, all supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation: Adriana Piza, José Eduardo Porcher, Jeffrey Tolly. Other recent visitors have included Christina Van Dyke (Calvin), William Lane Craig (Talbot), Stephen Wykstra (Calvin), Eleonore Stump (St. Louis University), Eric Steinhart (William Paterson), and Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge). If you are visiting the area and would like to participate in the reading group or seminars, email either Brian Leftow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dean Zimmerman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).