Bryan Wilson

Bryan Wilson, who studied for his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics, is Reader in Sociology at Oxford University. Since 1963, he has been a Fellow of All Souls. His career has been devoted to research into religion and its role in contemporary society, and he is much in demand as a visiting professor in universities throughout the world. He has written extensively on secularization, and he is an acknowledged authority on sectarian movements, concerning which he has acted as a consultant to government agencies and as an expert witness in courts of law in several countries. He has contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, and the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Religion. His books include Sects and Society; Religion in Secular Society; Religious Sects (which has been translated into five languages, including Japanese); Magic and the Millennium; and Religion in Sociological Perspective.