About me —

George Chryssides


George Chryssides studied philosophy and theology and the University of Glasgow and obtained his doctorate at Oriel College, Oxford.

He has taught at several British universities, becoming Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in 2001. He is currently Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at York St John University and the University of Birmingham.

Research interests:

My main research interest is western non-traditional religions, sometimes called New Religious Movements, and popularly known as ‘cults’ or ‘sects’.

Major publications include

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: Continuity and Change
    (Ashgate, 2016)
  • Terror and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue
    with DanCohn-Sherbok and Dawoud El-Alami

    (Impress, 2016)
  • The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements
    with Benjamin E. Zeller

    (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • The Study of Religion: An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods
    with Ron Geaves 2 ed.

    (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Why Can’t They Get Along? A conversation between a Muslim,
    a Jew and a Christian

    (Lion Hudson, 2014)
  • Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements
    2 ed

    (Scarecrow Press, 2012)
  • Christians in the Twenty-First Century
    with Margaret Z. Wilkins

    (Equinox, 2011)
  • Heaven’s Gate: Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group
    (Ashgate, 2011)
  • Christianity Today
    (Continuum, 2010)
  • Historical Dictionary of Jehovah’s Witnesses
    (Scarecrow Press, 2008)
  • Reader in New Religious Movements
    co-edited with Margaret Z. Wilkins

    (Continuum, 2006)
  • A-Z of New Religious Movements
    (Scarecrow Press, 2005)
  • Exploring New Religions
    (Cassell, 1999)
  • The Elements of Unitarianism
    (Element, 1998)
  • Historical Dictionary of Jehovah’s Witnesses
    (Scarecrow Press, 2008)
  • The Advent of Sun Myung Moon: the Origins, Beliefs and Practices of the
    Unification Church
    (Macmillan, 1991)