Resources: Westar Institute


Westar Institute ( is dedicated to fostering and communicating the results of cutting-edge scholarship on the history and evolution of the Christian tradition, thereby raising the level of public discourse about questions that matter in society and culture.

Bridging the gap between scholarship of religion and popular culture, Westar conducts collaborative, cumulative research seminars with scholars in the academic field of religion and communicates the results of its research in non-technical terms to equip the general public with critical thinking skills.


Their aim is to do within the field of religion (it seems to focus on the Christian religion) what we are aiming to do more widely.


They claim that they do not have a position they are promoting, but they draw on a specific and limited field of scholars, and (at times, at least) adopt a methodology which biases the reported conclusions away from mainstream Christianity.


Paul Hazelden



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