We are delighted to announce that several of the papers given at our International Consultation ‘Love in Religion: The Cutting-Edge Issues’, which took place in November 2016 at Regent’s Park College, are now available on this website, in our ‘Resources’ section.
These papers represent the insights of scholars from a range of religious traditions and academic disciplines, all responding to the question ‘What do you believe to be the “frontier” or “cutting-edge” research issues on the topic of the place of love – both divine and human – in religion, as seen from the perspective of your particular discipline?’
We will be posting more papers in the coming weeks – watch this space!
Prof. HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Prof. Paul Fiddes spoke together at an event held at the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones bookshop in London, to mark the launch of Prince Ghazi’s new book, A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: The Essence of Islam in Twelve Verses from the Quran. The speakers addressed the subject of love from their respective faith traditions, and introduced the audience to the project for ‘the Study of Love in Religion’ in Oxford. Continue reading “Book launch and discussion at Waterstones, London – Piccadilly on 27 March 2017”
The International Consultation on ‘Love in Religion: The Cutting-Edge Issues’ was held at Regent’s Park College, on 9-12 November 2016, with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Project’s purpose of this consultation was to bring together leading scholars from a
variety of disciplinary and religious backgrounds to identify the cutting-edge issues within the topic of love in religion Continue reading “International Consultation on ‘Love in Religion: The Cutting-Edge Issues’”
The Language of the Human and the Language of Love: A Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Religion was held at Regent’s Park College on the 15th of October 2016. This colloquium was part of a two-day event held jointly by King’s College London and the Project for the Study of Love in Religion. Continue reading “The Language of the Human and the Language of Love”
Love in Classical Islamic Texts: A Day Consultation held in Oxford on 5 December 2016.
Continue reading “Love in Classical Islamic Texts”
‘You shall love the Lord your God … and you shall love your neighbour as yourself’. This double love command of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Gospels, is the inspiration for a research project running in collaboration with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan. The project is the context for the appointment of the “H.M. King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein II of Jordan Fellowship for the Study of Love in Religion” at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and the main focus of the post and the project is discovery of the nature of love, divine and human, as ultimate reality.
By drawing on the theological and aesthetic resources of different religious traditions, the aim of the project is to explore the research question: what grounds are there for thinking that love, in religious consciousness and practice today, is the ultimate reality of the universe? The underlying conviction is that a study of the phenomenon of love is, finally, discovery of the nature and activity of God in the world.
The initial phase of the project is supported by the John Templeton Foundation.