The God and Human Flourishing project constitutes the capstone activity for the Center as a whole in that it frames and informs the research and engagements of other programs as well as draws on their results.
The project is undertaken against a twofold background: on the one hand, a resurgence of the critiques of religion as both intellectually implausible and practically harmful and on the other hand a growing sense that secularism lacks resources to address some fundamental issues of human life (such as providing grounds for human rights).
The project includes a number of consultations, with the first, “Good Power – Divine and Human,” taking place in October 2007. With this project the Center also participates in the multi-university project under the title “Images of the Divine and Cultural Orientation” (participants: University of Berlin, University of Chicago, Harvard University, University of Heidelberg, University of Tübingen, and Yale University). The goal of that project is to explore the culturally shaping power of the way God is understood in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.