Religion in the World is BCSR’s long-term critical research initiative devoted to exploring the deep rootedness of religion in the politics, societies, cultures, ethical orientations, and imaginative lives of communities around the world.
A comprehensive vision for research, programming, curriculum, and public outreach at BCSR over the next decade, Religion in the World connects historical and contemporary issues and traditional areas of scholarship on religion to other areas of study. Our explicitly interdisciplinary approach offers us the opportunity to drive the study of religion in new directions, both in terms of conclusions and methods. Taken together in all of its aspects, the initiative gives Berkeley a powerful ability to foster and lead global conversations about religion in the world.
Berkeley is a unique stage for these important conversations. The campus offers an exceptional cross-section of the public at large. Its diverse student body represents dozens of ethnicities, languages, religious traditions, and socio-economic classes. It is located in one of the most dynamic areas in the country, a hub of intersection between Asia, the Americas, and Europe, with an engaged citizenry committed to the ideals of public education. Innovation at Berkeley sends powerful ripples into the wider world. Through robust investigation of, and encounter between, different world-views, we affirm our commitment to the highest goals of the university, namely the pursuits of truth and the public good.
To fuel what will be a creative, critical, and historical journey through religion in the world, we kindly request your support.