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Chris Scheitle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Sociology


Member of the Religion and Society Group

Dr. Scheitle received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Penn State University.

His research examines the social structure and dynamics of religion in the United States, with a focus on three specific areas. The first explores the relationship between religion and science. The second area looks are religious discrimination and victimization against congregations and individuals. A third area examines innovations in how religion is organized in the United States, especially in regards to the growth of so-called parachurch organizations.

He has published three books and over fifty-five scholarly articles. His most recent book is Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think (2017, Oxford, with Elaine Howard Ecklund). He has been awarded four research grants from the National Science Foundation, including two active awards.

You can learn more information at his personal website

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Ecklund, Elaine Howard and Christopher P. Scheitle. 2017. Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think. New York: Oxford University Press.

Christopher P. Scheitle and Roger Finke. 2012. Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America’s Religious Landscape. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scheitle, Christopher P. 2010. Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits. New York: Oxford University Press.