Faith saturates human life, whether secular or religious. Our relationships and life-projects could not survive, much less flourish, without it. Moreover, we arguably could not engage in sustained inquiry of any sort in its absence.

But what exactly is faith, considered as a psychological attitude, state, or orientation? Faith is often vilified, but at least as often it is held up as a virtue. What’s good or bad about it? How should it be evaluated? How might it shape a life worth living? 

Each year of the project, researchers and post-docs will focus on a different nest of issues and questions broadly grouped under three rubrics: the nature of faith, the value and evaluation of faith, and the virtue of faith. Click here for 2016's key questions and themes. Scroll down to see the questions and themes of past years.

Project Goals

With the support of a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, and with additional support from Baylor University and Western Washington University, the Nature and Value of Faith project aims to shed new light on faith. By sponsoring three Summer Seminars, three Annual Conferences, and six years of Post-Doctoral Fellowships, the project aims to produce multiple monographs, several edited volumes, and at least forty-two articles on faith in philosophy, theology, biblical studies, and religion.