Eric Reinders

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

S213 Callaway Memorial Center

Office: S213 Callaway Memorial Center

Phone: 404-727-6186

Fax: 404-727-7597


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Religion, Emory University

Mailstop: 1535-002-1AA
537 Kilgo Cir., Callaway S214

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • B.A., University of Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • M.Phil., University of Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997


Eric Reinders, Associate Professor. He specializes in Chinese religion, Christian missionary cultures, religion and the body, and religion and fantasy. His first book is Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion (University of California Press, 2004) sought to understand how the bodily experiences of missionaries conditioned their representations of Chinese religion. His second book is Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History (co-written with Fabio Rambelli of UCSB; Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2012) examines the destruction, damage, defacement, and redefinition of sacred objects in East Asia. His third book, Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow Problem in China (Bloomsbury, 2015), dealt mostly with Buddhist debates over bowing, but also compared Buddhist and Christian objections to obeisance. His fourth and least “academic” book, The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki (McFarland, 2016) is a series of philosophical and artistic reflections on the major films of the great director Miyazaki. His current book project will be titled Religion, Fantasy and Translation: Reading Tolkien in Chinese, consisting of both a theoretical inquiry into the intersection of those three key terms, and an exploration of the very different Middle-earths that emerge from the multiple Chinese translations of The Lord of the Rings and others.



Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies (2004)

cover Buddhism and Iconoclasm

Buddhism and Iconoclasm
in East Asia: A History (2012)