Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society
The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society (CSKBS) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre whose work spans across a diverse range of subjects including history, philosophy, social sciences, psychology, theology and education.
CSKBS fosters open-minded social science and humanities based research on: the public understanding and communication of the relationship between science and religion, research into the sociology and psychology of religion, and the role of science, knowledge and belief in diverse societies.
CSKBS is at the forefront of research both in the UK and internationally that looks in depth at the different roles that worldviews and religious or spiritual belief can play in our day-to-day lives. We explore the multi-layer social, cultural and psychological drivers to these contemporary and historical debates at the level of the individual, groups, communities and societal narratives.
Our work falls under three main thematic areas:
Have you ever wondered how people think about God? Do they think purely in theological terms, such as the Christian Trinity or do they think of God in terms of the roles that God plays in their lives? Does people’s theological understanding always match their personal experience of God? In our latest research project, “God-complexity: Conceptualising the Divine,” our team is investigating how people think about God and some of the consequences this has in their day-to-day lives.
Continuing the investigation of how people think about God in multiple ways, our new project, “God-complexity: Conceptualising the Divine,” is one of a number funded by the John Templeton Foundation in order to better understand how people think about God (or gods). The project is based on research in the field of social cognition, a sub-field of psychology that investigates how we think about ourselves and other people, and applies those theories to how people understand God.
For further information please go to the God-complexity: Conceptualizing the Divine project website.