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The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. The EC also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christian church now finds itself in the new millennium.
Written by leading scholars from many countries and cultural backgrounds, the more than 1,700 articles in the complete EC depict Christianity in its global context. Separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries examine both the history and the current situation of the Christian faith worldwide. The EC also portrays Christianity in its widest ecumenical context. Major articles detail Christianity’s rich spiritual and theological diversity in order to inform readers about religious traditions and perspectives beyond their own ecclesiastical frameworks.
In its portrayal of Christianity, the EC also takes into account the current sociocultural context, including other world religions, secular philosophies, cultural trends, and modern political and economic forces. Covering such current topics as abortion, atheism, Islam, modernity, and psychoanalysis, these articles describe the multifarious settings in which the Christian church today must maintain a credible witness to the ancient gospel. Finally, the EC presents Christianity in its rich historical context, starting with the biblical tradition and showing how the apostolic tradition developed and how the church has sought throughout history to keep faith with its traditions while engaging the world around it.
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Erwin Fahlbusch (d. 2007) was professor of theology at theUniversity of Frankfurt.Review:
— Cambridge University
"A major resource. . . Necessary for libraries, students, and teachers."
"Broad, comprehensive, scholarly, and generally up to date. . . When complete, this should be the standard reference on Christianity for academic and public libraries."
William P. Collins
— Library of Congress, in Library Journal
"Sets the standard for reference works of this kind. . . Essential; this is possibly the best encyclopedic reference on Christianity."
"The quality of scholarship combined with the unique approach of providing global, ecumenical, sociocultural, and historical context makes this work an essential purchase."
— University of Tübingen
"In a time when serious theological education is often lacking, this great reference work, basic and detailed at the same time, is of immense help for the study of theology, for practical church work, and for general education."
Ellen T. Charry
— in Theology Today
"A timely and ambitious project that brings together theology and the social sciences in a fresh and accessible format."
Robert M. Grant
— University of Chicago Divinity School
"Not only reliable but interesting — a rare feat for an encyclopedia. Its range is very broad; at the same time the articles maintain considerable depth."
Mark A. Noll
— University of Notre Dame
"The appearance of The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a major publishing event."
Thomas C. Oden
— Drew University
"An outstanding international collegium of editors, consultants, and contributors has brought together a vast amount of information in an accessible, readable form in The Encyclopedia of Christianity."
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Book Description Eerdmans, 2018. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0802863507