Encyclopedia of Christianity

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There are numerous reference volumes dealing with Christianity. Remarkably, however, until now there has been no one-volume encyclopedia dedicated Christianity on a global scale.

This exhaustive work presupposes no prior knowledge of Christianity, and can usefully be consulted by Jews and Muslims, people of other faiths or no faith at all. It covers all forms of Christianity throughout history and the world. Over 300 major articles by distinguished international contributors ...

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There are numerous reference volumes dealing with Christianity. Remarkably, however, until now there has been no one-volume encyclopedia dedicated Christianity on a global scale.

This exhaustive work presupposes no prior knowledge of Christianity, and can usefully be consulted by Jews and Muslims, people of other faiths or no faith at all. It covers all forms of Christianity throughout history and the world. Over 300 major articles by distinguished international contributors are linked through a novel series of pointers that provide different angles on topics and show the connections between them. The contributors include the leading experts on the topics under consideration, which range from regional surveys to portraits of denominations and sects, explorations of theological and moral questions, relationships with other faiths, and a "Who's Who" of Christianity. In addition to the main articles, helpful "fact boxes" present basic factual material, often in the form of lists, bringing together information that is often surprisingly difficult to find: creeds, councils, popes, miracles and parables of Jesus, religious orders, and much more. This remarkable resource, more than ten years in the making, fills a major gap in the literature on world Christianity.

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"Ten years in the making, the new Encyclopedia of Christianity, edited by John Bowden, is a major scholarly achievement." --Christian Century

"This is probably the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia of Christianity.... Recommended."--Choice

"Christianity can't be crammed into a box--but much of it fits into this Bible-size book. General readers will find most of the articles accessible, well-written, and substantial, but not overwhelming.... Remarkable resource."--School Library Journal

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It is curious that Oxford chose to title this hefty volume an encyclopedia, even though its editor Bowden (A Dictionary of Christian Theology) states clearly in the introduction that it is a guide, not an encyclopedia or dictionary. Regardless of the title, this completely revised and updated third edition is an excellent resource on Christianity. Its 300-plus articles, written by nearly 200 contributors, are arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, with special icons indicating their nature or purpose (e.g., "gateway," or introductory articles, distinguished by a larger font and single-column format). Varying in length from 1000 to 17,000 words, the thorough articles cover topics ranging from bioethics to methodism to God in a straightforward manner without resorting to oversimplified explanations. Unfamiliar vocabulary is included in the glossary in the back of the book, along with biographies, chronology, and a general index. Bottom Line Although less scholarly than Eerdmans' extensive Encyclopedia of Christianity (2003), this book would make a significant contribution to any reference collection. The variety of information covered and the inclusion of appropriate illustrations (21 color plates and 96 b&w) give the volume a welcoming look and make it accessible to Christians and non-Christians alike. Highly recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries supporting religious studies programs; order a copy for your circulating collections as well.-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195223934
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1406
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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