Encyclopedia of American Religious History
Facts On File, Incorporated, Jan 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 1160 pages
Reflects the significant issues and the current state of American religious history. It outlines the numerous philosophers, personalities, social issues, and cultural histories of religious practices throughout American history. Special emphasis is placed on recent developments in religious life in this country and the historical contributions of people neglected by mainstream religious historians, including African Americans, Native Americans, and women.
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The editors and contributors responsible for the first edition of this work (LJ 1/96) also participated in the revision. Indeed, Martin Marty even reprises the foreword. As with the original edition, this work is useful for providing a broad overview of religious events, personalities, and denominations that have figured in U.S. history from the Reformation to Waco, TX. In addition to a general index, the volumes include a synoptic index that identifies thematic categories such as African American religion, church and state, ecumenism, social reform, and utopianism and also identifies entries related to specific denominations. This edition includes about 30 new entries, principally in the area of Eastern religions (e.g., Dalai Lama, Taoism, Bruce Lee, Hsi Lee Temple, and Jainism), but there are also additions on Protestant Christianity (Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Carter, and Franklin Graham) and on such events and movements as Heaven's Gate and Habitat for Humanity. Revisions to previous entries are primarily to update statistics and to add new works and web sites to the bibliographies. Thus, for libraries owning the previous addition, this is not an essential purchase. For high school, public, and academic libraries without the previous edition, however, this is a useful reference work, complementing and extending such titles as Wade Clark Roof's Contemporary American Religion (LJ 3/15/00) and J. Gordon Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions (Gale, 1998. 6th ed.). Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC ...