Eighth International Conference on

Religion & Spirituality in Society

17-18 April 2018

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

Theme 1: Religious Foundations

On the sources, modes, and manifestations of religiosity.

  • Religious values and aspirations
  • Sacred sources: sites, narratives, texts
  • Religious philosophies and philosophies of religion
  • Theological sources and resources
  • World sources: religious and secular cosmologies
  • Creation accounts in science and religion
  • World destinies: religious and secular eschatologies
  • Reason and faith: congruencies and conflicts
  • Traditional, modern, and postmodern orientations to religion
  • Science and religion: congruencies and conflicts on the sources of design in the natural world
  • Religious counterpoints: agnosticism, atheism, materialism, and secularism
  • Religious prophets: their messages and their meanings
  • Religiosity: measures, forms, and levels of religious commitment
  • Religion and law
  • Religion and commerce
  • The natural, the human, and the supernatural
  • Rites and sites of passage: birth, adulthood, marriage, death
  • Medical ethics and bioethics
  • Anthropologies, psychologies, and sociologies of religion


  • Values
  • Sacred Texts Theology
  • Cosmology
  • Eschatology
  • Science
  • Atheism
  • Rites
  • Ethics

Theme 2: Religious Community and Socialization

On learning religious ways, spiritual ways of life, and religious institutions.

  • Religious institutional governance
  • Symbology in theory and practice
  • Religious education and religion studies
  • Religiously-based schools and religion in public schools
  • Religion in ethnic, national, and racial identities
  • Congregations and religious community
  • Media for religious messages
  • Evangelism and conversion
  • Ritual, rite, liturgy
  • Prayer, contemplation, and meditation
  • Meditation as healing and therapy
  • Religious ‘ways of life’ and lifeworld practices
  • Religious art and architecture
  • Pilgrimage, tourism, and the search for spiritual meaning
  • Religious leadership


  • Institutions
  • Education
  • Liturgy
  • Prayer
  • Leadership