Professor Julius H. Bailey, Ph.D.

Professor Julius H. Bailey
  • University of Redlands
  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ancient African myths considered some of humanity’s earliest thoughts about divinity, the world, and life itself.

Professor Julius H. Bailey is a Professor of Religion at the University of Redlands. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Occidental College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include African mythology, African American religious history, and new religious movements. He teaches courses on varied aspects of religion.

Professor Bailey’s research focuses on the diverse experiences of the African diaspora. His first book is entitled Around the Family Altar: Domesticity in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1865–1900. This work examines the ideology of domesticity in the lives of African Americans in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and its distinctiveness in light of recent studies of 19th-century white Protestant and Catholic homes. The book traces the efforts of AME Church leaders and members to apply notions of domesticity to the challenges facing the denomination after the Civil War, such as regional tensions, the restoration of families after slavery, the licensing of female preachers, and the spiritual nurturing of children.

Professor Bailey’s second book is Race Patriotism: Protest and Print Culture in the AME Church. This work analyzes the ways in which various understandings of race, gender, and place influenced the framing of social issues for African Americans in the 19th century. Issues discussed include westward migration, the selection of the appropriate referent for the race, social Darwinism, the viability of emigration to Africa, and cultural and religious connections to African traditional religions.

Professor Bailey’s research also looks at African American new religious movements. His work on this topic includes “‘Cult’ Knowledge: The Challenges of Studying New Religious Movements in America” (a chapter in Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back) and “The Final Frontier: Secrecy, Identity, and the Media in the Rise and Fall of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. The professor also has written an article on white supremacist movements, “Fearing Hate: Reexamining the Media Coverage of the Christian Identity Movement,” which appeared in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.

Professor Bailey is currently at work on two books, a collection of international myths and a textbook on African American religious history.

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  1. Great Mythologies of the World

    Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.7 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $529.95 Starting at $529.95 $624.95 $529.95$624.95
    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.
  2. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $879.90 $879.90$879.90
    Ancient stories have influenced modern literature in a plethora of ways – from plots, to characters, to the morals they teach. Take a deep-dive into some of the greatest stories ever told with this two-course set. Learn the origins of timeless myths from around five continents with Great Mythologies of the World and then take a deep dive into some of the most compelling Greek dramas written with Greek Tragedy.
  3. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    The abundant stories of the world helped define and shape our civilizations. Explore the origins, heroes, villains, and messages from the some of the great cultures with this two-course set. Start with the Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature to discover memorable characters in fiction. Then explore the archetypes provided the basis for these stories in Great Mythologies of the World.
  4. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Explore the religious, cultural, and historical context and impact of some of the most famous stories of all times with this two-course set. Discover some of the most important and influential ancient stories from five continents with Great Mythologies of the World. Then Cultural Literacy for Religion will explore how religion informs our everyday lives, from art and music to laws and civic engagement.
  5. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    No matter how much you think you know mythology, this two-course set will open your eyes to fascinating, new insights. Great Mythologies of the World will introduce you to the ancient stories of ancient civilizations for five continents, while Classic Mythology will provide a deep dive into primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology from Athena to Zeus.
  6. (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World Set

    (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.90 Starting at $764.90 $894.90 $764.90$894.90
    Reveal a new side of history with this two-course set. Start by enriching your understanding of Native America and its diverse peoples with Native Peoples of North America. Then, look at the history of ancient civilizations through the lens of the stories they told in Great Mythologies of the World.
  7. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $999.90 $999.90$999.90
    Powerful gods, fearless heroes, frightening monsters, ingenious tricksters, and epic battles are just the beginning of your adventures with this two-course set exploring the engrossing world of myths. Great Mythologies of the World introduces you to the ancient yet timeless stories of five continents. Myth in Human History delves into mythology's profound importance in shaping nearly every aspect of culture.