Philip Jenkins

Distinguished Professor of History
Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion,
Institute for Studies of Religion
Baylor University


Emeritus Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities
Pennsylvania State University

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Since 1979, I have published twenty-five books, about a hundred book chapters and refereed articles, and over a hundred book reviews.

You can find a listing of reviews of my books here.

In 2014, I published The Great and Holy War

Other titles include:

Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (HarperOne, 2011).


The Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years  (HarperOne, 2010).

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The Lost History of Christianity:  The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia - and How It Died  (HarperOne, 2008).


Comments and reviews concerning The Lost History of Christianity

God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).


"A sweeping survey at least partly aimed at defusing the kind of frenzied rhetoric found in While Europe Slept. Jenkins' elegant and fluid writing never allows the text to be bogged down by the data. Beyond being an eye-opener for general readers and an invaluable resource for academics, the book injects a much-needed voice of reason into the cacophony of outsized opinions on the topic."
Catholic Online

"Jenkins loves to skewer headlines, to the point that each new book seems to present nothing less than a paradigm shift.... And who but Jenkins could enliven this storyline with an ocean of sociological data poured into a novel-like book that's impossible to put down?"
Religion Bookline

The New Faces of Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).  


"An important new book by one of the preeminent scholars of contemporary Christianity. Perhaps more than any other church historian in the affluent north, Philip Jenkins understands how the church of the global South will transform Christian faith in the world. The New Faces of Christianity challenges our usual reading of the Bible with profound insights from Christians who help us re-learn truths that much of Western Christianity has forgotten. Like his ground-breaking The Next Christendom, this is absolutely essential reading for all who are seeking to understand the future of the church in the 21st century."
Jim Wallis, Editor of Sojourners and author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

"Jenkins's prescient religious histories offer brilliant insights on the state of modern Christianity."
Publishers Weekly

"Gracefully and cogently synthesizing mountains of research, Jenkins illuminates a crucial aspect of the burgeoning 'Two-Thirds World' Christianity that he called attention to in The Next Christendom."

Decade of Nightmares (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

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"Jenkins has produced a humdinger."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times

"Jenkins effectively blends American politics and world events with the popular culture of the time. His introduction stands alone as a cogent political-social critique, though the entire book is a joy--and revelation--to read. This significant work of political history is highly recommended."
Library Journal (starred review)

Earlier books

The Making of a Ruling Class: The Glamorgan Gentry 1640-1790.
Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville and Philip Jenkins, Catholic Cambridge.
London: Catholic Truth Society, 1983.

Crime and Justice: Issues and Ideas.
Monterey, CA: Brooks-Cole, 1984.

A History of Modern Wales 1536-1990.
London: Longmans, 1992.

Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain.
Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1992.

Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide.
Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1994.

Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Social Crisis.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Hoods and Shirts: The Extreme Right in Pennsylvania 1925-1950.
Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

A History of the United States.
London: Macmillan / New York: St.Martin’s Press, 1997.
Second edition, London: Palgrave Press, 2002.
Third edition, London: Palgrave, 2007.


Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998. Click here for more details.

Synthetic Panics: The Politics of Designer Drugs.
New York University Press, 1999. Click here for more details.


The Cold War at Home: The Red Scare in Pennsylvania 1945-1960.
University of North Carolina Press, 1999.


Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Click here for more details.


Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Click here for more details.


Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet.
New York University Press, 2001. Click here for more details.


The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity
New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Click here for more details.


Images of Terror: What We Can And Can't Know About Terrorism
Hawthorne, NY: Aldine De Gruyter, 2003. Click here for more details.


The New Anti-Catholicism The Last Acceptable Prejudice
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Click here for more details.

Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality
New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Click here for more details