Phillip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor, and serves as co-director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion. He is one of the world’s leading religion scholars. A historian by training, Jenkins’ work has been lauded in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology, and religious studies.

Dr Jenkins’ major current interests include the study of global Christianity; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century U.S. history, chiefly post-1970. He has published twenty-four books, which have been translated into ten languages. Some recent titles include Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History (2000), Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years (2010), and Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (2011).

Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University, where he spent an additional three years working with Sir Leon Radzinowicz, the pioneer of Criminology at Cambridge. In fact, Jenkins has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems. He is considered an international expert on the subject of terrorism. The Economist magazine has called him “one of America’s best scholars of religion.”