The International Society for Heresy Studies is an organization founded to support the study of the meanings, functions, and histories of heretical belief systems, especially their expression in literature and art. The Society further aims to illuminate the legal, artistic, social, and moral ramifications of blasphemy and iconoclasm, as manifested in literary and artistic works. It also encourages scholarship on non-God-centric secular visions, and it fosters inquiries into atheist critiques of theism. Finally, the Society supports work that tries to determine what happens to blasphemy and heresy when religion is conceived in more material terms such as ethnicity, tradition, ritual, or lifestyle.
The Society does not promote the study of heresy in order to advance Christian (or other theistic) apologetics, nor does it seek to explore heretical, blasphemous, or atheist views in order to condemn them. It equally does not agitate against religion but invites contributions to the understanding of heresy, blasphemy, and unbelief from both believers and unbelievers.
To contact the Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- President: Gregory Erickson
- Vice-president: Bernard Schweizer
- Secretary-treasurer: John Holloway
- Webmaster: Geremy Carnes
- Artist representative: James Morrow
- Creative writing program representative: Lorna Gibb
- Faith representative: David Dickinson
- Secularism representative: Rebecca N. Goldstein
- Literary criticism representative: James Wood
- Theology representative: Valentine Cunningham
- Religion and politics representative: Jordan Miller
- History representative: Robert Royalty
- Graduate student representative: Ethan Quillen
The International Society for Heresy Studies is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.