Professor Tyler Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor Tyler Roberts
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard University
Is religion so inherently intolerant that it will always be a source of violence in the world—or can religious faith be part of an intellectually vital, engaged, and realistic view of the world?

Dr. Tyler Roberts is Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where he teaches courses in religions of the Western world, modern religious thought, theory and method in the study of religion, and religion and politics. After earning his A.B. in Philosophy and Religion from Brown University, Professor Roberts studied philosophy at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and religion at Harvard University, where he earned his M.T.S. and Th.D. at the Divinity School. His research interests include the intersection of religious and philosophical thought in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history and politics of the secular, and the nature and purpose of the academic study of religion. In 1998, he published Contesting Spirit: Nietzsche, Affirmation, Religion, which explores Nietzsche's criticisms of religion and Christianity. Since then he has published a number of essays in leading journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and The Journal of Religion. He also has published on philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, and Stanley Cavell. His second book, Encountering Religion in a Post-Secular Age, will be published by Columbia University Press.

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"Professor Roberts’ lecturing style is clear and measured. He is aware of the need for a degree of repetition when conveying complex ideas and knows how much material to repeat at the beginning of a lecture in order to remind us of its place in the series."

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