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. Its means of doing so include: graduate seminars, a weekly reading group, post-doctoral fellowships, senior fellows, the annual Sanders Lecture, lectures by distinguished visiting professors, workshops and conferences, and its network of affiliated faculty at Rutgers and neighboring institutions.
The philosophy faculty principally associated with the Center at present are Dean Zimmerman (Director), and visiting professors Christina Van Dyke and Howard Robinson. Professor Van Dyke is serving as interim director of the Center. Beginning in Fall 2018, Professor Brian Leftow becomes the new director, and will be installed as the William P. Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion. Other Rutgers faculty participating in or helping to plan the Center’s projects include Tao Jiang (Religion), James Jones (Religion), Mark Baker (Linguistics), and Colin Jager (English). 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 by Dean Zimmerman and Mark Baker.