A popular idea, world-wide since the Enlightenment, was that religion would gradually disappear - also from scholarship. But we are currently experiencing a world where religion has once again become a significant factor. This is also visible in the influence of secular substitutes for religion (e.g. ideologies like neo-liberalism, globalism, technocracy, postmodernism, naturalism, etc.). In fact, scholarship from a Christian perspective is practised in an increasingly pluralistic and sceptical environment. Therefore, a discussion about the integration of the religious foundations and science are still and even more necessary today. This is a long standing debate within Christian circles, but sceptics and people with convictions different from that of the christian perspective should also be engaged. In this context reflection on and dialogues between religion(s) and scholarship reflects a meaningful articulation of the purpose of the Institute for Foundational Studies.
The purpose of the Institute for Foundational Studies can thus be formulated as
the facilitation of thought, discussion, research and education on the integration of religious foundations and scholarship – specifically, but not exclusively – from the Christian perspective.
The prominent function elements of the Institute for Foundational Studies are the following:
• Initiate intellectual public events in which reflection and conversation about the integration of religion and scholarship, take place.
• Distribution and support of publications that clearly evidence the integration of religion and scholarship.
• Financial support to staff doing research that reflects the purpose of the Institute for Foundational Studies.
• The Institute maintains and promotes ties with national and international institutions and scholars pursuing the integration of religion and scholarship.