The Interface Institute provides the public with resources to understand the nexus between society and religion, particularly in relation to monotheistic religions.
After a phase in western history when a dominant assumption was that spiritual influences were in decline, we find ourselves launched into what Richard John Neuhaus in 1997 called ‘the approaching century of religion’. It is becoming increasingly clear that multiple social and political challenges are being brought on by profound global shifts in religious identity and allegiance, yet many feel ill-equipped to respond to these challenges. The Interface Institute assists people to understand global religious currents and their impact on areas such as public policy, human rights, security and conflict.
One of these contemporary currents is the challenge posed by Islamic revival to the historic separation of church and state which underpins Western societies. A particular focus of the Interface Institute is the impact of Islamic thought upon Western intellectual traditions.
The Interface Institute is a project of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness. It receives no government funding and relies on donations from organisations and individuals to cover all costs.