Working Papers

Series Editors

Laurence R. Iannaccone has applied economic insights to study denominational growth, church attendance, religious giving, conversion, religious extremism, and other aspects of religion and spirituality. His articles have appeared in many academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His current work includes empirical studies of religious trends, computational models of religious dynamics, and the economics of sectarianism. Iannaccone founded the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture, and directs Chapman University’s Center for the Economic Study of Religion.

William Sims Bainbridge is co-director of Human-Centered Computing at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Bainbridge is well known for his work on the sociology of religion, publishing a wide variety or articles and books, including three collaborations with Rodney Stark: The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation (1985), A Theory of Religion (1987), and Religion, Deviance, and Social Control (1996). Among his solo-authored books, these concern religion: Satan’s Power: A Deviant Psychotherapy Cult (1978), The Sociology of Religious Movements (2002), God from the Machine: Artificial Intelligence Models of Religious Cognition (Cognitive Science of Religion) (2006), and Across the Secular Abyss: From Faith to Wisdom (2007).