The Research Group is engaged with the claim of a renaissance of the religious, which has become a stable topos in both the academic and public realm and which appears to upend the prevalent thesis of secularisation.
It debated how the proclamation of truth in religious speech, which has often been trivialised in modern philosophy and theology, can be understood and in how far it is an integral element of belief. In this context, the RG tried to clarify the relation of religion's truth claim to the truth claim of reason in an appropriate manner. Further, the RG asked how the role of religion in the public realm can be re-defined in light of multicultural diversity and the increased focus of ethical debates on a universal claim of human rights.
The Research Group was concluded when its spokesperson Christoph Halbig left the Junge Akademie in summer 2007.