Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director, Program on Historical Studies of Religion
I work in several quite diverse fields. Broadly, my major current interests include the study of global Christianity, past and present; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century US history, chiefly post-1975. I also have an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems.
- Ph.D. Cambridge University, 1978
- The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels New York: Basic Books, 2015
- The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade San Francisco: HarperOne, 2014
- A History of the United States, Fourth edition, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
- Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses, San Francisco: HarperOne, 2011.
- The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity, Third edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, And Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe For The Next 1,500 Years, San Francisco: HarperOne, 2010. 328 pages.
- The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died, San Francisco: HarperOne, 2008.
To date, my books have been translated into sixteen languages: Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian and Spanish.