Peter Capretto (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is a philosopher of religion and practical theologian, as well as faculty member with Belmont University’s Honors Program and Lexington Theological Seminary. His research explores how social philosophical and psychological experiences—such as empathy and social recognition—shape ethical and political relations, specifically around experiences of trauma, disability, and race. His publications on the ethics of caregiving, the continental philosophy of religion, and religion and the social sciences have appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion and Health, The Heythrop Journal, Political Theology, as well as edited volumes. He is co-editor of Trauma and Transcendence: Suffering and the Limits of Theory (Fordham University Press, 2018)
If one identifies the secularization thesis as the status quo against which contemporary scholars of religion are to rebel, then even the most critical and generative analysis will leave secularism in a default position of hostility against religion.