Nebraska Authors

Robert S. Ellwood

Born 1933 Normal, IL (USA)

Places Lived

Normal, IL
New Haven, CT
Chadron, NE
Central City, NE
Chicago, IL
Pasadena, CA
Altadena, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction




Chadron Prepatory School, Chadron, NE
Undergraduate Studies for one year, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education, 1954, University of Colorado
Master of Divinity Degree, 1957, Berkeley Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Master of Arts in History of Religion Degree, 1965, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. in History of Religion Degree, 1967, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


United States Navy Chaplain
Assistant Professor of Religion
Professor of Religion and Oriental Studies
Director, University of Southern California East Asian Studies
Visiting Professor of Religious Studies
Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar

Places Worked

Episcopal Church, Central City, NE
United States Navy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA


NDEA Fellow in Japanese, University of Chicago, 1963-1964
Honorary Rockfeller Doctoral Fellow in Religion, 1964-1965
Fulbright-Hays Fellow in Japan, 1966-1967
Jarvis Graduate Fellowship, Berkeley Divinity School, 1963-1967
Fulbright Research Grant in New Zealand, 1988
Listed in Who's Who in Religion and Dictionary of International Biography


American Academy of Religion, Member
Association for Asian Studies, Member


Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America. 1973. (with Harry Partin)
One Way: The Jesus Movement and its Meaning. 1973.
The Feast of Kingship: Accession Ceremonies in Ancient Japan. 1973.
The Eagle and the Rising Sun: Americans and the New Religions of Japan. 1974.
Many People, Many Faiths. 1976.
Words of the World's Religions: An Anthology. 1977.
Introducing Religion: From Inside and Outside. 1978.
Readings in Religion: From Inside and Outside. 1978.
Alternative Altars. 1979.
. Mysticism and Religion. 1980.
Japanese Civilization: Past and Present. 1980.
Tenrikyo: A Pilgrimage Faith. 1982.
Finding the Quiet Mind. 1983.
Japanese Religion: A Cultural Perspective. 1985. (with Richard Pilgrim)
Eastern Spirituality in America: Selected Readings. 1987.
Christianity: A Cultural Perspective. 1988. (with James Wiggins)
The History and Future of Faith: Religion Past, Present and to Come. 1988.
Islands of the Dawn: The Story of Alternative Spirituality in New Zealand. 1993.
Sixties Spiritual Awakening : American Religion Moving from Modern to Postmodern. 1994.
Pilgrim Self : Traveling the Path from Life to Life. 1996.
Fifties Spiritual Marketplace : American Religion in a Decade of Conflict. 1997.
Cross and the Grail : Esoteric Christianity for the 21st Century. 1997.
Mysticism and Religion. 1999.
Politics of Myth : A Study of C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell. 1999.
1950, Crossroads of American Religious Life. 2000.
Finding Deep Joy. 2001.
Frodo's Quest : Living the Myth in The Lord of the Rings. 2002.
Cycles of Faith : The Development of the World's Religions. 2003.
Myth : Key Concepts in Religion. 2008.
Tales of Darkness : The Mythology of Evil. 2009.
Tales of Lights and Shadows : Mythology of the Afterlife. 2010.
Introducing Religion : Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century. 2014.

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