Stephen L. Harris

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Stephen L. Harris
Born(1937-02-05)February 5, 1937
Aberdeen, Washington
DiedApril 14, 2019(2019-04-14) (aged 82)
Sacramento, California
Alma materCornell University
SpouseMarjorie Harris
ChildrenGeoffrey Harris, Jason Harris
  • Glenn Harris (father)
  • Ruby Harris (mother)

Stephen L. Harris (February 5, 1937 - April 14, 2019) was Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.[1] He served there ten years as department chair and was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He received his MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University.[2] Harris was a member of the American Academy of Religion, a fellow at the Westar Institute, a fellow of the controversial Jesus Seminar, and authored several books on religion, some of which are used in introductory university courses.

He also had a strong interest in some geological topics. Harris grew up in western Washington state where the views of Mount Rainier and the mentoring of his grandfather inspired a lifelong interest in the eruptive potential of the volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain range, about which he became a widely known authority.[3]

Harris taught an adult education class on "Evolving Concepts of God" at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Sacramento, using his text, The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.[2]

He died of cancer in Sacramento at the age of 82.[3]


  • Harris, Stephen L. (2009). Exploring the Bible. McGraw-Hill. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-07-340736-4.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (2008). The New Testament: A Student's Introduction. McGraw-Hill. p. 528. ISBN 978-0-07-287601-7.
  • Harris, Stephen L.; Platzner, Robert (2007). The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. McGraw-Hill. p. 528. ISBN 978-0-07-299051-5.
  • Harris, Stephen L.; Platzner, Gloria (2007). Classical Mythology: Images and Insights. McGraw-Hill. p. 1152. ISBN 978-0-07-353567-8.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (2005). Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes. Roadside Geology Series (3 ed.). Missoula, Mont.: Mountain Press Publishing Company. pp. 454. ISBN 978-0-87842-220-3.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (2000). "Archaeology and Volcanism". In Haraldur Sigurdsson; Bruce Houghton; Hazel Rymer; John Stix; Steve McNutt (eds.). Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. San Diego, Cal.: Academic Press. pp. 1301–1314. ISBN 978-0-12-643140-7.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (1990). Agents of Chaos: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Other Natural Disasters. Missoula, Mont.: Mountain Press Publishing Company. pp. 260.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (1985). Understanding the Bible. Palo Alto, Cal.: Mayfield.
  • Harris, Stephen L. (1980). Fire & Ice: The Cascade Volcanoes. Seattle, Wash.: The Mountaineers and Pacific Search Press. ISBN 0-89886-009-1.
  • Restless Earth.(National Geographic Books)


  1. ^ Weldy, Ann. "Retirees Association In Memory Archives for the year 2019". California State University, Sacramento. Archived from the original on 6 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Stephen L. Author's Website. July 28, 2009. Archived 2010-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Harris Obituary (1937 - 2019) - Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento Bee". 23 June 2019. Archived from the original on 5 January 2022.