Pursuing honest and rigorous inquiry on the origins and cultural implications of the Christian tradition through critical, collaborative, and cumulative scholarship.
Westar Institute is a member-supported nonprofit research and education organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture. Our mission is two-fold:
- We conduct collaborative and cumulative research in the academic study of religion, addressing issues, questions, and controversies that are important both to the academic community and to the general public.
- We are committed to communicating the results of our research in non-technical terms, equipping the general public with tools to critically evaluate competing claims in the public discussion of religion.
Since its founding in 1986, Westar has conducted a series of innovative seminars on the historical Jesus, the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle Paul, and other topics. Currently, Westar scholars are conducting seminars on the origins of the Christian tradition and on God and the human future.
Westar is not affiliated with any religious institution or denomination and does not advocate a particular theological point of view.