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Abstracts due by May 30, 2023

Date of Session:  July 16 - July 20, 2023

Location:  Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Harris Manchester College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1786.


Paper Submission: You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however, your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent thereon. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy, a journal of the International Round Table Symposium.

Tours: We will provide a two hour walking tour of Oxford and a trip to Blenheim Palace

Topics of Interest will include but are not limited to:


Religion in the Aftermath of a Pandemic:

  • Reimagining Virtual Catechesis 

  • Strengthening of Religion

  • Faith and Covid 19 on the Global Stage

  • Religion and Faith Perception

  • Religion in the Age of Social Distancing 

  • Religion and the Psychological Resilience in Healthcare

  • Religion Response to the Pandemic


  • International Order

  • Soft-Westernization vs. Hard-Modernization

  • Philosophy of History

  • Innovation and Tradition in History

  • Religious Communities

  • Religion and Culture

  • The History of the Book



  • Global Status of Religion in Government

  • Toleration as a Concept

  • Limits of State Involvement in Religion

  • Faith and Reason in Modern Society

  • Separation and Coercion

  • The Politics of Peace and Conflict

  • Religion in the Economic Marketplace


Religion and Science

  • Darwin Past and Future

  • The Idea of Progress and Science

  • The Scientific Method and Religious Thought

  • Science, Modernity and Religion

  • Teaching Science

  • History of Science

  • Philosophy of Religion

  • Modern Christian Thought

  • Theology and the Scientific Method

  • Religion in the Face of Modernity

  • Secular Humanism and Belief

  • Intellectual Freedom and Religion

  • Religion and the Public Good

  • Religion and Human Rights


Allusions to God in Literature

  • God’s Significance in Literature

  • Romantics, Beliefs and Progress

  • Faith and Reason

  • Holy Patriotism, War and Peace

  • Martyrdom and Redemption

  • Salvation, Truth and Politics

  • God, Freedom and Liberty

  • Faith, Truth and Reason

  • Holy Patriotism and War

  • Romantics, Myth and Progress

  • Martyrdom and Redemption

  • Salvation and Politics


Separation of Church and State

  • Schools, Madrasses and Religion

  • First Amendment Decline

  • Health Care Choices for Women

  • Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

  • Understanding the Global Scale of Religion and Government

  • Traversing Church and State:  Faith Based Initiatives

  • Re-Examining Separation of Church and State in America

  • Analyzing the Aspects of Faith and Reason in Modern Society

  • Rationalizing Universal Education, Sectarian or Secular

  • The Religious Influence on the Decline of Public Schools

  • Government Funding of Parochial Schools

  • Exploring the Effects of the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism on Public Schools

  • Emerging Concepts of Establishment and Free Exercise of Religion

Payment Information:


Participant Registration WITH Lodging

$800 – Deposit due May 30, 2023

$1195 – Remainder due June 15, 2023

Participant Registration WITHOUT Lodging

$800 – Deposit due May 30, 2023

$795 – Remainder due June 15, 2023


Guest Registration WITH Lodging 
$795 Guest Fee

Guest Registration WITHOUT Lodging 

$595 Guest Fee

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