While Orthodox theology has in the past been handed down primarily through the monastic tradition, secular universities are now offering theology programs. These programs need an appropriate and solid framework for teaching and doing research in theology.
We’re asking, “What if religions in Russia used conceptual precision learned from analytic philosophy in order to make progress in theology?”
We believe that orthodox theology can learn from analytic philosophy and also contribute to broader discussions in analytic theology which have to this point been dominated by the Western theological tradition. We’re asking, “What if orthodox theology contributed to broader conversations in analytic theology?”
In recent decades, philosophers of religion in the so-called analytic tradition have gradually directed their efforts to the task of new discovery and careful conceptual analysis within the domain of theology. This redirection has resulted in a substantial body of scholarly work that provides grist for a broad-ranging reshaping of theological understanding and theological method.
Analytic theologians, such as those working in the Templeton-funded Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews, are working to transform the discipline of theology by bringing the content and methods of philosophy into the field, thereby inducing commitments to theological realism, to greater rigor, and to the tools of conceptual discovery.
Russian theologians and philosophers have shown increased interest in the methods of analytic theology, but need resources as well as the opportunity to develop their own research in conversation with like-minded scholars.
The goal of this project was to seed efforts to make progress in theology by drawing upon the tools of analytic philosophy in order to develop analytic theology in Russia and also to highlight the potential for an “orthodox contribution” to analytic theology. More specifically, these efforts included the following:
We believe that orthodox theology can learn from analytic philosophy and also contribute to broader discussions in analytic theology which have to this point been dominated by the Western theological tradition.