Jon Bialecki

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Monographs and Edited Volumes

2017   A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement. University of California Press.

  •  Awarded 2017 Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Association.
  •  Awarded honorable Third Place in the Clifford Geertz Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
  • Currently published or in-press reviews: Journal of the American Academy of Religion(early release); Times Literary Supplement(November 14, 2017); Religion and Society(forthcoming); Journal of the Royal Anthropological Association; AnthroCyBib.


In Preparation: A Machine for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Speculative Religion.


Under Contract: Handbook for the Anthropology of Christianity. Co-editors Joel Robbins, Naomi Haynes, and Tom Boylston. University of California Press.


Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

In press: “Introduction: Anthropology and Character, Part Two.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). InSocial Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.


In press: “Reterritorializing Religion, Reterritorializing Money.” In David Pedersen and Taylor Nelms, eds., The Cultural History of Money in the Modern Age. London: Bloomsbury.


In press: “Can we Have our Nature/Culture Dichotomy Back, Please?” (co-authored with Nigel Clark and Rupert Stasch). In An Anthropology of the Enlightenment: Moral Social Relations Then and Today. London: Bloomsbury.


In press:“‘TheLord Says You Speak as Harlots’: Affect, Affectus, and Affectio.” In Yelle, Robert, Christopher Lerich, and Courtney Handman, eds.Language and Religion. Berlin: De Gruyters.


In press:“Anthropology, Theology, and the Challenge of Immanence.” In J. Derrick Lemons, ed., Theologically Engaged Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


In press:Virtual Religion.” In Oxford Handbook of the Anthropology of Religion, edited by Simon Coleman and Joel Robbins. 


In press: “Christianity.” Entry in International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hillary Callan. Wiley-Blackwell.


2018   Introduction to special section 2: Anthropology and Character.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(3): 305-313.


2018   Introduction to special section 1: Anthropology and Character.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2): 159-167.


2018   “Character as Gift and Erasure.” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2):211-221


2018   “Judgement and critique, anthropology and religion.” Critical Research on Religion 6(1): 10-15.


2018   “Deleuze.”Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology.


2017   “Eschatology, Ethics and Ēthnos:Resentment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research8: 42-61.


2017   “Dialogic Prophecies and Monologic Vision.” In Tomlinson, Matt and Julian Millie, eds. The Monologic Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


2017   “After, and Before, Anthropos” Platypus: The Castac Blog


2017   “Anthropos Tomorrow: Transhumanism and Anthropology” (co-authored with Ian Lowrie). Platypus: The Castac Blog


2017   “Assemblages: (Pre)Political, Ethical, and Ontological Perspectives.” (co-authored with Razvan Amironesei). SubStance 46(1): 3-20.


2017   “The Tragic Political Assemblage: Implications of Contemporary Anthropological Debates on Hierarchy, Heterarchy, and Ontology as Political Challenges.” SubStance46(1): 140-154.


2017   “’Religion’ after Religion, ‘Ritual’ after Ritual.” In The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology, Simon Coleman and Sue Hyatt, eds., Routledge Press.


2016   “Diagramming the Will: Ethics and Prayer, Text and Politics.” Ethnos 81(4): 712-732.


2016   “The Ancient-Future Time Crystal: On the Temporality of Emerging Christianity.” (co-authored with James Bielo). In April Stace and Mike Clawson, eds., Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Emerging Church. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock.


2016   “Apocalyptic Diversity, Demonic Anthropology, and the Evangelical Ēthnos: Modes of imagining alterity among American Charismatic Evangelicals.” In North American Dialogue 19(2): 85-101.


2016   “Descending Beneath Our Christian/Secular Divide,” a contribution to “An Author Meets His Critics: Faith in Anthropology: A Symposium on Timothy Larsen’s The Slain GodThe Cambridge Journal of Anthropology34(2): 140-152 (with Timothy Larsen, Brian Howell, Derrick Lemons, James Bielo, and Tanya Luhrmann).


2016   “Protestant Language, Christian Problems, and Religious Realism” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 40(4): 37-42 (lead article in a forum entitled “Is there such a thing as Religious Language? Is there such a thing as Religion?”).


2016   “Ethnography at its Edges: The Insistence of Religion” American Ethnologist 43(2):369-373. (Long-form essay on Janice Boddy and Michael Lambek, A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion).


2016   “Apostolic Networks in the Third Wave of the Spirit: John Wimber and the Vineyard.”Pneuma 38(1): 23-32.


2015   “Affect: Intensities and Energies in the Charismatic Language, Embodiment, and Genre of a North American Movement.” In The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, Simon Coleman and Rosalind Hackett, eds., New York: New York University Press.


2015   “The Third Wave and The Third World: C. Peter Wagner, John Wimber, and the Pedagogy of Global Renewal in the Late Twentieth Century.” Pneuma37(2): 177-200.


2015   “Special Section Introduction: What is an Individual? The View from Christianity.” (co-authored with Girish Daswani) Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5 (1): 271–294. Part of a Special Section “The anthropology of personhood, redux: Views from Christianity,” Jon Bialecki and Girish Daswani, special editors.


2015   “The Judgment of God and the Non-Elephantine Zoo: Christian Dividualism, Individualism, and Ethical Freedom After the Mosko-Robbins Debate.” AnthroCyBib Occasional Paper Series


2014   After the Denominozoic: Evolution, Differentiation, Denominationalism.” Current Anthropology55(S10):S193-S204.


2014   “Does God Exist in Methodological Atheism? On Tanya Lurhmann’s When God Talks Backand Bruno Latour.” The Journal of the Anthropology of Consciousness 25(1):32-52.


2012   “Virtual Christianity in an Age of Nominalist Anthropology.” Anthropological Theory 12(3): 295–319.


2011   “Introduction.” (Lead author; co-author Eric Hoenes del Pinal). Anthropological Quarterly84(3): 575-593. Part of a special issue “Beyond Logos, Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” E. Hoenes del Pinal and J. Bialecki, special editors.


2011   “No Caller I.D. for the Soul – demonization, charisms, and the unstable subject of Protestant language ideology.” Anthropological Quarterly84(3): 679-703. Part of a special issue “Beyond Logos: Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” E. Hoenes del Pinal and J. Bialecki, special editors.


2011   “Quiet Deliverances” in Practicing the Faith: The Ritual Life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians(edited by Martin Linderhart). Oxford: Berghan Press, pp. 249-276.


2010   “Angels and Grass: Church, Revival, and the Neo-Pauline Turn.” South Atlantic Quarterly 109(4): 695-717.


2009   “The Bones Restored to Life: Dialogue and Dissemination in the Vineyard’s Dialectic of Text and Presence”in The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (edited by James Bielo). New Brunswick:Rutgers University Press, pp. 136-156.


2009   “Disjuncture, Continental Philosophy’s New ‘Political Paul,’ and the Question of Progressive Christianity in a Southern Californian Third Wave Church.” American Ethnologist 36(1): 110-123.


2008   “The Anthropology of Christianity.” (Lead author; co-authors Naomi Haynes and Joel Robbins). Religion Compass2(6): 1139-1158.


2008   “Between Stewardship and Sacrifice: Agency and Economy in a Southern California Charismatic Church.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14(2): 372-390.


Edited Works

2018   (co-edited with Adam Reed) “Anthropology and Character, Part Two.” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(3).


2018   (co-edited with Adam Reed) “Anthropology and Character” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2).


2017   (co-edited with Ian Lowrie) “Anthropos Tomorrow: Transhumanism and Anthropology.” Platypus: The Castac Blog


2017   (co-edited with Razvan Amironsei) “Assemblages: (Pre)Political, Ethical and Ontological Perspectives.” SubStance46(1).


2015   (co-edited with Girish Daswani) Special Section “The anthropology of personhood, redux: Views from Christianity,” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(1).


2011   (co-edited with Eric Hoenes del Pinal) Special issue “Beyond Logos: Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” Anthropological Quarterly84(3).


Review Essays

2018   “Anthropology and Theology in Parallax: a review of Douglas Erickson, Living the Future: The Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit in the Vineyard Movement. 22(May).


2017   “Turn, Turn, Turn,” a review of Martin Holbraad and Morten Axel Pedersen, The ontological turn: an anthropological exposition.


2016   “TheGenealogy of Ethical Life,” areview ofWebb Keane, Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories. In Marginalia Review of Books (an LA Review of Books Portal).


2015   “The Problem with Critique, and Critique as a Problem,” a review of Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Is Critique Secular? (2ndEdition).  In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21(1):202-205.


2014   Review of Daniel Colucciello Barber, Deleuze and the Naming of God: Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence and F. LeRon Shults Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism. In Religion in Society: Advances in Research 5:261-267.


2014   Review of Brent Nongbri, Before Religion: History of a Modern Concept. In AnthroCyBib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog


2013   Review of Daniel Colucciello Barber, On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity. In AnthroCyBib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog


Book and Media Reviews

In press: Review of Gina Calvin and Joanna Brooks, eds. Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion. In Mormon Studies Review.


2018   Review of Kevin Lewis O’Neill, Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 24(1):216-217.


2016   Review of Anna Strhan, Aliens & Strangers? The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals. In Theology119(4):281-282.


2016   Review of Matthew Tomlinson, Ritual Textuality: Patterns and Motion in Performance. In Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 10(2):242-244.


2016   Review of Talena Sanders, Liahona. In AnthroCyBib:The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog


2014   Review of Alice Beck Kehow, Militant Christianity. In Religion in Society4:221-223.


2014   Review of Liana Chua, The Christianity of Culture. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute20(1):160-161.


2013   Review of T.M. Luhrmann, When God Talks back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. In Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft8(2):204-209.


2012   Review of James Faubion, An Anthropology of Ethics. In Soumen Anthropologi: The Finnish Journal of Anthropology 37(1):54-55.


2012   Review of Omri Elisha, Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches. In Anthropological Quarterly 85(3):973-978.


2011   Review of Jarrett Zigon, HIV Is God’s Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia. InSoumen Anthropologi: The Finnish Journal of Anthropology36(3):82-83.


2009   Review of Brian Howell, Christianity in the Local Context. InAnthropology News 50(4):47-48 [As part of the Society for Anthropology of Religioncolumn].


2008   Review of David Smilde, Reason to Believe. H-Pentecostalism, H-Net Reviews, July, 2008.


2006   Review of Vincent Crapanzano, Imaginative Horizons.  InJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  12:687-688.



2018   Response to Paolo Heywood, Making Difference: Queer Activism and Anthropological Theory.Current Anthropology 59(3):314-331. [Bialecki response, pgs. 324-325].



2018   “The Highpoint Church Standing Ovation.” Anthropology News (Society for Linguistic Anthropology section news page). January 26th(


2014   “A morale booster on careers, job searches, and grants: if you’re doing it right, it hurts!” The Dirt: UCSD Graduate Anthropology Student Newsletter.


2010   “Virtual Christianity,” posted in the Social Science Research Council’s Immanent Framewebsite on October 29th(


Interviews (with self as subject)

2018   “AE Interviews Jon Bialecki, winner of the Sharon Stephens Prize for his book A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement.” Interview by Bryan Dougan. American Ethnologist website, April 9, 2018.


Interviews (with self as interviewer)

2018 “Naomi Haynes on her book, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt.” CaMP Anthropology.


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