Book-length publications include Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World (Wallflower, 2008), The Religion and Film Reader (co-edited with Jolyon Mitchell, Routledge, 2007), Blasphemy: Art that Offends (Black Dog Publishing, 2006), Walter Benjamin, Religion, and Aesthetics (Routledge, 2005), Re-Viewing the Passion: Mel Gibson's Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Representing Religion in World Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Religion, Art, and Visual Culture (Palgrave/St. Martins, 2002), Imag(in)ing Otherness: Filmic Visions of Living Together (AAR-Scholars Press/Oxford UP, 1999). He has also published articles in journals such as Literature and Theology, Soundings, Cross Currents, Biblical Interpretation, and Postmodern Culture.
Plate is also Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the journal, Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, Runner-Up for the 2006 Best New Scholarly Journal award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The journal can be accessed via www.bergpublishers.com. He serves on various advisory boards including the board of International Society of Religion, Literature, and Culture; the journals Postscripts and Cross-Currents.