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Philip Jenkins

Distinguished Professor of History
Co-Director of Program on Historical Studies of Religion
Baylor University

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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, ISR.

Philip Jenkins was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his Ph. D. in History. From 1980 through 2011, he taught at Penn State University, where he holds the rank of Emeritus Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities. In 2012, he became a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University.

He has published 29 books, which have been translated into sixteen languages. These include The Next Christendom: The Coming Of Global Christianity (2002);The Lost History of Christianity(2008); The Great and Holy War (2014). His most recent titles include The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand-Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels (2015); Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World (2017); and Rethinking a Nation: The United States in the 21st Century (2019).

A historian by training, Jenkins has been active in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology, and religious studies. Indeed, the Economist magazine has called him “one of America’s best scholars of religion.” He has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems. He has published extensively on global and world Christianity; on issues of terrorism and political violence; and on new and emerging religious movements. In teaching and research, he has a special interest in recent US history, from 1975 onwards.