About the Journal

The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion is a fully refereed and interdisciplinary academic journal. The journal reflects the wide variety of research dealing with all aspects of the academic study of religion, but the journal does not publish purely confessional articles.


Bernard Doherty
Charles Sturt University

Rosemary Hancock
University of Notre Dame Australia

Book Review Editor

Alda Balthrop-Lewis
Australian Catholic University

Members of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion receive the Journal with annual membership. For details please see the subscriptions page.


Recent and representative articles:

“‘It Makes a Difference in My Life’: Young Adults’ Motivations for Reading Sacred Texts” – Eric D. Rackley, Brigham Young University, Hawaii (USA), Vol. 35 No. 3 (2022).

“Conspirituality in COVID-19 Times: A Mixed-method Study of Anti-vaccine Movements in Spain” – Mar Griera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), et al., Vol. 35 No. 2 (2022).

“The Sacred in the Secular: Francis Webb’s Incarnational Poetry” — Bill Ashcroft, UNSW Sydney (Australia), Vol. 35 No. 1 (2022).

“Leveraging African Spirituality and Popular Culture betwixt Africa and the African Diaspora” — Afe Adogame and Ruth Vida Amwe, Princeton University (USA), Vol. 34 No. 3 (2021).

“The Momo Challenge: Exploring the Emergence of a Major Online Demonic Hoax” — Zoe Alderton, University of Sydney (Australia), Vol. 34 No. 2 (2021).

“Mobilising for Justice: The Contribution of Organised Survivor Groups in Australia to Addressing Sexual Violence against Children in Christian Churches” – Kathleen McPhillips, University of Newcastle (Australia), Vol. 34 No. 1 (2021).


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To view issues 1 - 17, please go here.


Publication: April, August, December
ISSN: 2047-704X (print) 
ISSN: 2047-7058 (online) 

Formerly: Australian Religion Studies Review
ISSN: 1031-2943 (print)
ISSN:1744-9014 (online)


Please send books for review to:
Alda Balthrop-Lewis
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Australian Catholic University
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065