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Stephen A. Kent : biography


Stephen A. Kent, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He researches new and alternative religions, and has published research on several such groups including the Children of God (also known as The Family), the Church of Scientology, and newer faiths operating in Canada.


  • From slogans to mantras: social protest and religious conversion in the late Vietnam war era, Syracuse University press, 2001, ISBN 0-8156-2948-6
Book chapters
  • “New Religious Movements,” in The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Focus. Edited by Ted Hewitt. New York: Butterworths, 1993: 83-106.
  • (co-author with Charles Hobart). “Religion and Societies,” in Introduction to Sociology, 2nd Edition. Edited by David Pierce and Bill Meloff. Scarborough, Ontario: Nelson Canada (1994): 311-339.
  • (second author with Gordon Drever). “Gods From Afar,” in Edmonton: The Life of a City. Edited by Bob Hesketh and Frances Swyripa. Edmonton: NeWest Press (1995): 275-282.
  • “Brainwashing Programs in The Family/Children of God and Scientology.” in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Edited by Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 2001: 349-378.
  • “Compelling Evidence: A Rejoinder to Lorne Dawson’s Chapter.” in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Edited by Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 2001:401-411.
  • “Seven Thousand ‘Hand-Maids and Daughters of the Lord’: Lincolnshire and Cheshire Quaker Women’s Anti-Tithe Protests in Late Interregnum and Restoration England.” In Women, Gender and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Sylvia Brown. Leiden: E.J. Brill: 2007: 65-96.
  • “Post World War II New Religious Movements in the West.” In The World’s Religions: Continuities and Transformations. 2nd Edition. Edited by Peter Clarke and Peter Beyer. New York: Routledge: 2008: 501-519 (forthcoming).
  • Valentinian Gnoticism and Classical Samkhya—A Thematic and Structural Comparison, Philosophy East and West 30 no.2 (April, 1980): 241-259.
  • Puritan Radicalism and the New Religious Organizations: Seventeen the Century England and Contemporary America, Comparative Social Research 10, (1987): 3-46.
  • Berliner Dialog Heft 1-97
  • , Cultic Studies Journal Volume 11 No. 2 : 135-188, 1994
  • , Journal of Religion and Health. 33 No.1,: 29-43, 1994.
  • , 1997
  • , Skeptic Magazine Vol. 6, No. 3, 1998.
  • , Religion 29, 1999: 147-169.
  • Skeptic 7 No.1, 1999, 21-26.
  • Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 4, No. 1, 1999.
  • , Religious Studies and Theology, 18 No. 2, 1999.
  • , Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 6, No. 1, 2001.
  • ., Cultic Studies Review 1 No.3, 2002.
  • , Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 1, 2004.
  • “Hollywood’s Celebrity-Lobbyists and the Clinton Administration’s American Foreign Policy Toward German Scientology.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 1 (Spring 2002) at
  • “Spiritual Kinship and New Religions.” Religious Studies and Theology 22 No. 1 (2003): 85-100.
  • “Scientology and the European Human Rights Debate: A Reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force Study.” Marburg Journal of Religion 8 No. 1 (September 2003)
  • (co-author with Doni Whitsett). “Cults and Families.” Families in Society (October–December 2003):491-502; Reprinted in Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 2 (2004).
  • “’Early’ Sa-m.khya in the Buddhacarita,” Philosophy East and West 32 no. 3 (July 1982): 259-278; available at:
  • “‘Hand-Maids and Daughters of the Lord’: Quaker Women, Quaker Families, and Somerset’s Anti-Tithe Petition in 1659.” Quaker History 97 No. 1 (Spring 2008): 32-61.
  • “A Sectarian Interpretation of the Rise of Mahayana,” Religion 12 (1982): 311-322.
  • “A Matter of Principle: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy, Children, and Human Rights Debates.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 10 Issue 1 (2006): 7-29.
  • “Contemporary Uses of the Brainwashing Concept: 2000 to Mid-2007.” Cultic Studies Review 7 No. 2 (2008, forthcoming). 30pp.
  • “Deviance Labelling and Normative Strategies in the Canadian 'New Religions/Countercult' Debate,” Canadian Journal of Sociology 15 no.4 (1990): 393-416.
  • “Deviant Scriptualism and Ritual Satanic Abuse” Part Two: “Possible Mormon, Magick, and Pagan Influences.” Religion 23 no.4 (October 1993): 355-367.
  • “Diabolic Debates: A Reply to David Frankfurter and J. S. La Fontaine,” Religion 24 (1994): 361-378.
  • “Education and Re-education in Ideological Organizations and Their Implications for Children.” Cultic Studies Review 4 No. 2 (2005): 119-145.
  • “Mysticism, Quakerism, and Relative Deprivation: A Sociological Reply to R.A. Naulty,” Religion 19 (1989): 157-178.
  • “Narcissistic Fraud in the Ancient World: Lucian’s Account of Alexander of Abonuteichos and the Cult of Glycon.” Ancient Narrative 6 (2007): 77-99, 161.
  • “Psychological and Mystical Interpretations of Early Quakerism: William James and Rufus Jones,” Religion 17 (1987): 251-274.
  • “Psychology and Quaker Mysticism: The Legacy of William James and Rufus Jones,” Quaker History 76 no. 1 (Spring 1987): 1-17.
  • “Radical Rhetoric and Mystical Religion in America's Late Vietnam War Era.” Religion 23 no.1 (January 1993): 45-60.
  • “Deviant Scripturalism and Ritual Satanic Abuse. Part One: Possible Judeo-Christian Influences.” Religion 23 no.3 (July 1993): 229-241.
  • “Relative Deprivation and Resource Mobilization: A Study of Early Quakerism,” British Journal of Sociology 33 no. 4 (December 1982): 529-544.
  • “Scientific Evaluation of the Dangers Posed by Religious Groups: A Partial Model.” Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 2/3 (2004); 101-134; Revised Reprint in The New Religious Question: State Regulation or State Interference? Edited by Pauline Côté and Jeremy T. Gunn. Berlin: Peter Lang: 343-370.
  • “Slogan Chanters to Mantra Chanters: A Mertonian Deviance Analysis of Conversion to the Religious Organizations of the Early 1970s,” Sociological Analysis 49 no. 2 (1988): 104-118; Reprinted in Sights on the Sixties, edited by Barbara L. Tischler. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1992.
  • “The ‘Papist’ Charges Against the Interregnum Quakers,” Journal of Religious History 12 (1982): 180-190.
  • “The Quaker Ethic and the Fixed Price Policy: Max Weber and Beyond,” Sociological Inquiry 53 no.1 (February, 1983): 16-32; Revised Reprint in Time, Place, and Circumstance: Neo-Weberian Essays in Religion, Culture, and Society. Edited by William Swatos. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990: 139-150, 198-201.
  • “Weber, Goethe, and the Nietzschean Allusion: Capturing the Source of the 'Iron Cage' Metaphor,” Sociological Analysis 44 no. 4 (Winter 1983): 297-319.
  • “Weber, Goethe, and William Penn: Themes of Marital Love,” Sociological Analysis 46 no. 3 (1985): 315-320.
  • (second author with Robert H. Cartwright). “Social Control in Alternative Religions: A Familial Perspective.” Sociological Analysis (Winter 1992): 345-361.
  • (with James Spickard). “The 'Other' Civil Religion and the Tradition of Radical Quaker Politics.” Journal of Church and State (Spring 1994): 301-315.
  • (with Theresa Krebs). “Academic Compromise in the Social Scientific Study of Alternative Religions.” Nova Religio 2 No.1 (October 1998): 44-54
  • (first author with Deana Hall). “Brainwashing and Re-Indoctrination Programs in the Children of God/The Family.” Cultic Studies Journal 17 (2000): 56-78.
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