• Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Areas of Specialization: Religion and Science, Religion and Psychology
  • Education: Th.D (causa honoris), Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden Psy.D, Rutgers University Certificate in Family Therapy, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA Ph.D. Brown University M.Div. Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, MA B.A. Erlham College, Richmond, IN
Dr. James W. Jones holds earned doctorates in both Philosophy of Religion and in Psychology and an Honorary Doctorate (from the Uppsala University in Sweden). He is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University in the United States, where he has taught a variety of courses in religion and science for over forty years. He has also taught in Graduate Faculties of Criminal Justice, Medical Humanities, and Theology. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous professional papers and is the editor several of several volumes of collected papers, dealing with Religion, Psychology and Science. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at Cambridge University in the UK and was elected a Visiting Fellow of St. Edmund’s College in Cambridge in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as program co-chair for the American Academy of Religion and as vice-President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion. He is also a member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He serves on the editorial boards of several publications. He is an ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church USA and has maintained a private practice of clinical psychology, specializing in psychophysiology and behavioral medicine.





Can Science
Explain Religion?
(Oxford Univ.
Press, 2016)
The Blood that Cries
out From the Earth: The
Psychological Roots of
Religious Terrorism
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2008)
Waking From Newton's
Sleep: Dialogues on
Spirituality in an Age
of Science (Wipf and
Stock, 2006)

The Mirror of God:
Christian Faith as
Spiritual Practice
(Palgrave, 2003)
Terror and Transformation:
The Ambiguity of Religion
in Psychoanalytic
Perspective (Routledge
Press, 2002)

Religion and
Psychology in Transition:
Feminism and Theology
(Yale Univ. Press, 1996)
In the Middle of this
Road we Call our
Life: The Courage to
Search for Something
More (Harper Collins,
and Religion:
Transference and
(Yale Univ. Press,
The Redemption of
Matter: Toward The
Rapprochement of
Science and Religion
(Univ. Press America
The Texture of KnowledgeAn Essay on Religion and
Science (Univ. Press
America, 1981)


Selected Articles and Book Chapters


Selected Awards and Distinctions
  • Visiting Fellow, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University, UK
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Religious and Theological, Cambridge University, UK, 2012-2014
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • William J. Bier award, from the American Psychological Association for outstanding contributions to the Psychology of Religion, 1993
  • Vice-President of the Internationale Gessellshaft fur Religionspsychologie (International Association for Psychology of Religion), 2006-2012
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Health
  • Editorial Board of the International Archive for the Psychology of Religion
  • Editorial Board of the International Series in Psychology of Religion
  • Co-chair of the Division of Religion and the Social Sciences, American Academy of Religion, 1992-1999
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Member, American Academy of Religion
  • Member, International Society for Science and Religion
  • Member, International Society for Psychology of Religion
  • Clinical Member, American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Member, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis