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Having taught at various British universities throughout my career, I became Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK - a post which I held until 2008. I am currently Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham. Much of my writing derives from teaching students about religion over the past years.

My books are principally about New Religious Movements, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue. Love, Sex and Marriage is a dialogue on these themes with a Jewish and a Muslim author (Dan Cohn-Sherbok and Dawoud El-Alami). We have just finished writing a follow-up - Why Can't They Get Along? - which explores wider issues on which Jews, Christians and Muslims are divided.

Writings on Christianity include Christianity Today (2010) and Christians in the Twenty-first Century (2012), co-authored with Margaret Z. Wilkins. The latter aims to portray the Christian faith as it is practised, rather than to treat it historically or theologically, as most textbooks do.

The Study of Religion: An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods, co-authored with Ron Geaves, first appeared in 2007, and a new updated edition was published in 2013. As the title implies, it aims to introduce students to the ways in which religion has been studied in the past, and how scholars approach it today.

My most recent publication on new religions is an anthology co-edited with Benjamin E. Zeller, The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, in which some 30 leading scholars in the field address a variety of state-of-the-art issues on the topic. This will be available early in 2014.

I am particularly interested in Jehovah's Witnesses. Strangely, there is little academic material written on them. My Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses was published in 2008 (later reprinted as the A-Z of Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am currently working on Jehovah's Witnesses: Continuity and Change, which should appear in 2014.


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The material is designed to be accessible, with chapters carefully structured, supported by illustrative material and discussion points. Some chapters include case studies and suggestions for further reading. Journal of Contemporary Religion As an introduction to theory and method in the study of religions, Chryssides and Geaves have broken new ground. I strongly commend it as a primary source to be included within programmes in the academic study of religions. James L Cox, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, of the first edition The authors have provided an outstanding companion to the study of religion. While this is an accessible volume that will be welcomed by students and their teachers, it is also a remarkably comprehensive work, rooted in careful scholarship and a prodigious theoretical and empirical knowledge of the field. Those of us teaching religious studies will be indebted to the authors for many years to come. Christopher Partridge, Professor of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK, of the first edition This updated edition of The Study of Religion is excellent. The book offers a full, detailed, scrupulously balanced presentation and assessment - not of religions themselves but of approaches to the study of religion. The approaches considered range from classical to recent. The writing is exceptionally clear and precise. The many blocked-off examples from actual religions bring the theorizing down to earth. Unlike so many other books that tout the same claim, this book is genuinely written for students who come knowing little about religion. A terrific volume. Robert A. Segal, Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK and editor of The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion This book offers an excellent introduction to the academic study of mankind's quest for meaning and transcendence. It constantly invites students and other readers to reflect on their own positions and presuppositions in approaching the multi-coloured phenomenon of religion. Peter Nissen, Professor of Spirituality Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands George D. Chryssides and Ron Geaves have produced a volume with a number of significant differences to the usual run of the mill textbook. This book is distinguished by its admirable clarity of language, which renders even complex methodological debates clear and relevant, and its wide-ranging case studies and examples of religions old and new, mainstream and fringe. It is highly recommended to both senior high school students and undergraduates in general religious studies programmes, and in social and cultural studies. Carole M. Cusack, Professor of Religious Studies Chair Studies in Religion, University of Sydney, Australia The book's outstanding introductory chapter provides a gateway for discussing the various dimensions of the study of religion. Overall, The Study of Religion 2nd edition is an excellent resource and contribution to the field. -- Stuart Sarbacker, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, USA The Study of Religion 2nd edition is a very good book. Topics such as Gender and Religion and Field Work are becoming more and more important to the undergraduate students. The insider/outsider will make an important addition to the fieldwork chapter, and it is becoming a key issue, particularly with Islamic studies scholars, making the "insider" scholars in Christianity face this issue themselves. -- Carolyn J. Medine, University of Georgia, USA Whether you are about to embark or are already on board for the academic study of religion, this work would be a most valuable and informative guide on that journey. At the helm are two experienced scholars in the field who have combined forces to provide all the necessary background, questions, tips, and tools for your studies. -- Rosalind I. J. Hackett, Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

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George D. Chryssides is Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Ron Geaves is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religion at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

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