Fostering creative and critical  scholarship on religion in the world



Thu, February 2, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University, and Danforth Visiting Professor of Theological Studies, St. Louis University

For the past two centuries, scholars have attempted to derive orthodox Christian theology by reading the New Testament. They have, however, insisted that any contemporary theology be based on historical-critical exegesis of the ancient text, taking the meaning relevant for today from what scholars decide was the meaning intended by the original author or understood … Continue reading

Finbarr Barry Flood

Thu, October 6, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University

The image of Islam in the West has been consistently informed by the idea that Islam fosters distinctive attitudes towards the image. Recent controversies about Islam, aniconism and iconoclasm are typical in this respect, often taking the idea of an Islamic Bilderverbot (image prohibition) as a given. Seen from the perspective of the longue durée, … Continue reading


Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology for the 2016-17 academic year. He is the managing editor of Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council’s online religion forum, and recently received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University. His work primarily focuses on twentieth-century Western European intellectual, religious, and political history with … Continue reading


Jason S. Sexton joins BCSR as a visiting fellow through June 2017. He is a Lecturer in the Honors Program at Cal State Fullerton, where he teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, and has written widely in the areas of California studies, prison studies, religious studies, and … Continue reading