Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Welcome from the Project Director



Welcome to the homepage of the international research project, The Sacred: Emergence and Effects. This project brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences, from universities in the United States, Italy, Belgium, and Germany, in order to gain greater insight into how the value of “sacred” is assigned to certain entities and how humans have responded individually, socially, and institutionally to that value. No religious tradition is excluded from this inquiry; primary focus is, however, on the sacred in Abrahamic religions.

We hope that this site will aid specialists from a wide range of disciplines and non-specialists from all walks of life in better understanding the various ways in which the sacred is an inherent aspect of human existence in our past and present social lives.

Edmondo Lupieri,
Project Director