Dr. Gary Slater's research addresses interactions between science, philosophy, and religion, with a focus on how certain types of logic may be applied to mediate religious conflict, as well as how one can gain insights from history without denying the historical dimension of one's own perspective.

Gary Slater is a graduate of the University of Oxford with a DPhil in Religion and Theology. His academic interests include theological ethics, history of religions, philosophical theology, interfaith dialogue, and graphic representations of religious practices. Broadly speaking, his interest within these domains falls under the aim of “facilitating religious interpretation,” with the term “religious” referring both to interpretation that is about religion and that which is religious itself. His first monograph is C.S. Peirce and the Nested Continua Model of Religious Interpretation (OUP, 2015).

I think of my teaching in terms of two things: energy and agency. By putting energy into the teaching of great ideas and texts, I aim not only to convey my excitement in a way that students can share, but also to give students the agency to continue the learning process for themselves.

Academic Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious and Philosophical Studies

Year Started



DPhil in Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, 2014

MTh in History and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, 2009

BA in History and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, 2006

Publications & Articles


C.S. Peirce and the Nested Continua Model of Religious Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.


“A Peircean Response to the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality,” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, vol. 49, no. 3. (September 2014)