James R. Lewis is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales Lampeter. He edits Brill’s Handbooks on Contemporary Religion series and co-edits Ashgate’s Controversial New Religions series. He is an active, highly-published scholar of new religious movements. He co-founded the International Society for the Study of New Religions, and is book review editor for the Society’s journal. Recent publications include Children of Jesus and Mary (Oxford University Press 2010), Religion and the Authority of Science (Brill 2010), and Violence and New Religious Movements (Oxford University Press 2011).
JAMES R. LEWIS – Publications List
University of Tromsø
Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap
Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitskap og lærarutdanning
(+47) 776 23226
Religion and Violence: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, 4 Vols. Routledge, Forthcoming
Violence and New Religious Movements. Oxford University Press, 2011
(with Olav Hammer) Religion and the Authority of Science. Brill, 2010
(with Sarah Lewis) Sacred Schisms. Cambridge University Press, 2009
Scientology. Oxford University Press, 2009
(with Murph Pizza) Handbook of Modern Paganism. Brill, 2009
(with Olav Hammer) The Invention of Sacred Tradition. Cambridge University Press, 2007
(with Daren Kemp) Handbook of the New Age. Brill, 2007
The Order of the Solar Temple. Ashgate, 2006
(with Jesper A. Petersen) Controversial New Religions. Oxford University Press, 2005
Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Oxford University Press, 2004
Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft. State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 1996
The Gods Have Landed: New Religions from Other Worlds. SUNY Press, 1995
(with J. Gordon Melton) Sex, Slander, and Salvation. Stanford: CAP, 1994
Church Universal and Triumphant in Scholarly Perspective. Special issue of Syzygy 1994
From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco. Rowman & Littlefield, 1994
(with J. Gordon Melton) Perspectives on the New Age. SUNY Press, 1992
Introduction to New Religious Movements. Routledge, Forthcoming
(with Asbjørn Dyrendal & Jesper A. Petersen) Embracing the Darkness: Modern Satanism. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming
The Acupuncture Explosion. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2011
(with Nicolas Levine) Children of Jesus and Mary. Oxford University Press, 2010
Legitimating New Religions. Rutgers University Press, 2003
Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy. Prometheus Books, 2001
Doomsday Prophecies. Prometheus Books, 1999
Seeking the Light. Mandeville Press, 1998
ACADEMIC REFERENCE WORKS:
(with Jesper Petersen) Encyclopedic Sourcebook of Satanism. Prometheus Books, 2008
Cults: A Reference Handbook. ABC-Clio, 2005
Encyclopedic Sourcebook of New Age Religions. Prometheus Books, 2004
Encyclopedic Sourcebook of UFO Religions. Prometheus Books, 2003
Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects and New Religions. Prometheus Books, 2nd ed., 2002 
(with Carl Skutsch) The Human Rights Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe, 2001
Peculiar Prophets: A Biographical Dictionary of New Religions. Paragon House, 1998
Cults in America. ABC Clio, 1998
The Beginnings of Astrology in America. Garland, 1990
The Inner Life of Theosophy. Garland, 1990
The Unification Church: Outreach. Garland, 1990
[I am also the author of a number of commercial, ‘Popular Reference’ volumes]
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
“The Science Canopy.” Temenos 46:1, 2010.
“How Religions Appeal to the Authority of Science.” In James R. Lewis and Olav Hammer, eds. Religion and the Authority of Science. Brill, 2010
“The Church of Scientology.” In Mikael Rothstein and Olav Hammer, eds. The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements, Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
“Autobiography of a Schism.” Marburg Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 15. 2010
“Fit for the Devil: Toward an Understanding of ‘Conversion’ to Satanism.” International
Journal for the Study of New Religions. 1:1. 2010.
“Did Jesus Die for Our Karma? Christology and Atonement in a Contemporary Metaphysical Church.” In Olav Hammer, ed. Alternative Christs. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
“The Growth of Scientology and the Stark Model of Religious ‘Success.’” In James R. Lewis, ed. Scientology. Oxford University Press, 2009
“Infernal Legitimacy.” In Jesper Aagard Petersen, ed. Contemporary Religious Satanism. Ashgate, 2008.
“Celts, Druids and the Invention of Tradition.” In James R. Lewis and Meredith Pizza, eds. Handbook of Modern Paganism. E. J. Brill, 2008
“The Pagan Explosion.” In Hannah E. Johnston and Peg Aloi, eds. The New Generation Witches: Teenage Witchcraft in Contemporary Culture. Hamshire, UK: 2007.
“Science and the New Age.” In James R. Lewis and Daren Kemp, eds. Handbook of the New Age. E.J. Brill, 2007
“The Solar Temple ‘Transits’: Beyond the Millennialist Hypothesis.” In James R. Lewis and Jesper A. Petersen, eds. Controversial New Religions. Oxford University Press, 2005
“New Religion Adherents: An Overview of Anglophone Census and Survey Data.” Marburg Journal of Religious Studies 9:1. (2004)
Selected entries in Christopher Partridge. Encyclopedia of New Religions. Lion, 2004.
“Legitimating Suicide: Heavens Gate and New Age Ideology.” In Christopher Partridge, ed. UFO Religions. London: Routledge, 2003
“Diabolical Authority: Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible and the Satanist Tradition.” Marburg Journal of Religious Studies 7:1. (2002)
Selected entries in J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, eds. Religions of the World: a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. ABC-Clio, 2002
“The Satanic Bible and the Satanic Panic.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 11 (2002)
“Science, Religion and UFOs.” Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion. (Fall 2001)
“Who Serves Satan? A Demographic and Ideological Profile.” Marburg Journal of Religious Studies 6:2. (2001)
“True Lies: Forging and Re-forging the Jesus-in-India Legend.” Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion 6:4. (Fall 2000) ******
“Sect-Bashing in the Guise of Scholarship.” Marburg Journal of Religious Studies 5:1. (July 2000)
“The Prophet Motive: Taking Religious Experience Seriously in the Interpretation of New Religious Movements.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 6 (1997).
“Clearing the Planet: Utopian Idealism and the Church of Scientology.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 6 (1997).
“Works of Darkness.” In James R. Lewis, ed. Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft. Albany, NY: State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 1996.
“Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes, the Anticult Movement, and the Waco Confrontation.” In Stuart A. Wright, ed. Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. Chicago, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1995.
“American Indian New Religions.” In Timothy Miller, ed. America’s Alternative Religions. State University of New York Press.
“Frank Buchman,” “Edgar Cayce,” “Gerald Heard,” and “L. Ron Hubbard.” American National Biography. Oxford University Press, 1999.
“‘The Convent’s Doom’: Anti-Catholic Narratives and the Destruction of the Charlestown Nunnery.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 3:3-4 (Summer/Fall 1994).
“‘Living Fossils’: Evolutionary Images of American Indian Religions in World Religions Textbooks.” American Indian Religions 1:2. 1994.
“Child Abuse at Waco.” In James R. Lewis, ed. Sex, Slander, and Salvation: Investigating The Family/Children of God. Stanford: CAP, 1994.
“The ‘Cult’ Stereotype as an Ideological Resource in Social Conflicts: A Case Study of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 3:1-2 (Winter/Spring 1994).
“Showdown at the Waco Corral: ATF Cowboys Shoot Themselves in the Foot.” InJames R. Lewis, ed. From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994.
“Fanning the Flames of Suspicion: The Case Against Suicide at Waco.” In James R.Lewis, ed. From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994.
(With Evelyn Dorothy Oliver) “Elite Religious Movements and the Politics of Legitimation.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 3:1-2 (Winter/Spring 1994).
“Images of Captive Rape in the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of American Culture 15:2 (Summer 1992).
“Imagining India: The Influence of Hinduism on the New Age Movement.” (co-authored with Andrea Grace Diem.) In James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton, eds., Perspectives on the New Age. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.
“The New Age.” (co-authored with J. Gordon Melton.) Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 1:3 (1992).
“The Sacred Other, Human Others, and Indian Captivity Tales.” International Journal of Comparative Religion 1:3 (1992).
“Approaches to the Study of the New Age.” In James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton, eds., Perspectives on the New Age. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.
“‘Poisonous Tenets’: Religious Insanity Past and Present.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 1:2 (1992).
“Native American Prophets.” In Timothy Miller, ed., When Prophets Die: The Postcharismatic Fate of New Religious Movements. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.
“‘Mind-Forged Manacles’: Anti-Catholic Convent Tales in the Context of the American Captivity Tale Tradition.” Mid-America 71:3 (October 1990).
“‘Savages of the Seas’: Barbary Captivity Tales and Images of Muslims in the Early Republic.” American Culture 13:2 (Summer 1990).
“Images of Traditional African Religions in World Religions Textbooks.” Religion 20 (1990).
“The Racial Fall Myth.” Excursus 2:1 (Spring 1990).
“Bibliography of Conservative Christian Literature on the New Age Movement.” Santa Barbara Center Occasional Paper #2 (1989).
“Misrepresentations of the Sikh Tradition in World Religion Textbooks.” In Jasbir Singh Mann and Harbans Singh Saraon, eds., Advanced Studies in Sikhism. Irvine: Sikh Community of North America, 1989.
“Assessing the Impact of Indian Captivity on the Euro-American Mind: Some Critical Issues.” Connecticut Review 11:2 (Spring/Summer 1989).
“The Cult Controversy and the New Religions: A Recommended Annotated Bibliography of Books in Print.” Santa Barbara Center Occasional Paper #1 (1989).
“Apostates and the Legitimation of Repression: Some Historical and Empirical Perspectives on the Cult Controversy.” Sociological Analysis 49:4 (Winter 1989).
“Shamans and Prophets: Continuities and Discontinuities in Native American New Religions.” American Indian Quarterly 21:3 (Summer 1988).
“The Lord Who is Master of Yoga.” Indica 25:1 (March 1988).
“The Cult Withdrawal Syndrome: A Case of Misattribution of Cause?” (co-authored with David G. Bromley.) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 26:4 (December 1987).
“Psychology and Religion in Court.” (co-authored with J. Gordon Melton.) Christian Century 104:30 (October 21, 1987).
“The Implied Contrast: Images of Sikhism in the Writings of Early Orientalists.” Studies in Sikhism and Comparative Religion 6:2 (Fall 1987).
“Adam and Eve on Madison Avenue: Symbolic Inversion in Popular Culture.” Studies in Popular Culture 10:1 (Summer 1987).
“The Scholarship of ‘Cults’ and the ‘Cult’ of Scholarship.” Journal of Dharma 7:2 (April-June 1987).
“The Tide of Turbans: North American Images of Punjabi Immigrants in the Early Twentieth Century.” Punjab Past and Present 21:1 (April 1987).
“Reconstructing the ‘Cult’ Experience: Post-Involvement Attitudes as a Function of Mode of Exit and Post-Involvement Socialization.” Sociological Analysis 42:2 (Summer 1986).
“India and the Spectre of Miscegenation: The Thind Decision in the Context of Contemporaneous Myths of Racial Degeneration.” Journal of Sikh Studies.
“Some Unexamined Assumptions in Western Studies of Sikhism.” Journal of Sikh Studies 12:2 (August 1985).
“Some Aspects of Sacred Space and Time in Islam.” Studies in Islam 19:3 (July 1982).
Review of Chris Mathews, Modern Satanism: Anatomy of a Radical Subculture. In the Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 1:1 (2009).
Review of Sabina Magliocco, Witching Culture. In The Pomegranate: The Journal of Pagan Studies. 7:2 (2005).
Review of Bradley C. Whitsel, The Church Universal and Triumphant: Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s Apocalyptic Movement. In the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43:4 (2004).
Review of David Ritchie, UFO: The Definitive Guide to Unidentified Flying Objects and Related Phenomena. Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 3:1-2 (Winter/Spring 1994).
Review of Alice Beck Kehoe, The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization. In the American Indian Quarterly 14:4 (1990)
Review of David H. Bennett, The Party of Fear: From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History. Excursus 1:3 (Fall 1989).
Review of Clifford E. Trafzer, ed., American Indian Prophets. American Indian Quarterly 13:3 (Summer 1989).
Review of Larry E. Tise, Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840. Excursus 1:1 (Fall 1988).