Dictionary of American Religious Biography / Edition 2

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Overview

The first edition of this award-winning reference, published in 1977, contained 425 biographical profiles of the most significant American religious figures. This new edition includes profiles for 125 additional people, and the earlier biographical sketches have been revised and updated. The volume includes religious leaders who died before July 1, 1992. Among its pages are entries for reformers, philosophers, social activists, doers and dreamers. While many of the people are mainstream, white ordained clergymen, many more stand outside traditional denominations and reflect the cultural and religious diversity of modern America. The result is a systematic overview of 400 years of American religion from the colonial period to the present day.

Each profile begins with a capsule summary of the chief events in that person's life. The biographical essay that follows places the basic facts of the figure's life within the larger context of American religious history. A bibliography of the most significant works by and about the figure concludes each entry. Appendices at the end of the work categorize each individual by religious denomination and by place of birth.

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The first edition of this reference, published in 1977, contained 425 biographical profiles of major American religious leaders. Bowden has added profiles for 125 additional figures, and the earlier sketches have been revised and updated. Each profile contains a capsule summary of the figure's life, followed by a discussion of the historical context of the figure's contribution and a bibliography of works by and about the individual. Appendices categorize the figures by religious denomination and place of birth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313278259
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1993
  • Edition description: Revised, Enlarg
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 702
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY WARNER BOWDEN is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations for Standard Reference Sources

Appendix I

Appendix II

Biographies

Selected Bibliography

Index

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