Phillip Lucas

Phillip Lucas

Professor of Religious Studies

Phillip Lucas, PhD, studies religion "on the ground," whether that entails creating documentaries on modern Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage, conducting interviews with members of new religious movements, or taking students to temples, ashrams, or cathedrals. He is the author of four books and numerous articles, and he founded the academic journal, Nova Religio, now in its 20th year of publication. The journal looks both historically and sociologically at new and minority religions across cultures. His most current project is a documentary film on the famed Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain to the cathedral where the relics of Saint James the Apostle are kept.

  • PhD, University of California
  • MA, University of California


Course Sampling

  • Islam: Religion of the Prophet
  • Varieties of American Religion
  • The American Christian Experience
  • Spirituality East and West
  • Sacred Traditions of the World
  • Religions of India
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • Healthy Religion and Sick Religion

Areas of Expertise

  • American Religious Trends
  • New Religious Movements
  • Religion and Society
  • Religion and Human Rights
  • Contemporary Spirituality


Phillip C. Lucas is professor of religious studies at Stetson University. He teaches courses on world religions as well as courses on comparative spirituality and American religious history. He founded the Millennialism Studies Consultation of the American Academy of Religion and is also the founding editor of Nova Religio, a scholarly journal dedicated to the study of minority and new religious movements throughout history. In 1995 and 2007, he won Stetson University's Hand Award for Excellence in Research, and in 2002, he won Stetson University's McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is listed in Who's Who in America.