Phillip Lucas

Phillip Lucas

Professor of Religious Studies

As a founder of an academic journal and a program within a religious academy, Dr. Lucas has a plethora of experience within the subject he shares with his students. Studying new religious trends and minority religions is just one of the many subjects that interest him.

  • Ph.D., University of California
  • M.A., 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.


  • New and minority religions
  • Religion and human rights
  • Comparative religion
  • Religion in American history
  • The diffusion of religious traditions across cultures in the contemporary world
  • Orthodox responses to religious innovation
  • On the Path of the Buddha
  • Neolithic Studies