From sacred mountains and places of pilgrimage to visions and out-of-body travel, this reference explores unusual and unexplained physical events, apparitions, and other phenomena rooted in religious beliefs. Each entry features a balanced presentation and includes a description of the phenomenon, the religious claims surrounding the occurrence, and a scientific response. Touring the world and history, this comprehensive reference includes entries on angels, comets, Marian apparitions, and religious figures such as Jesus, Mohammad, and Lao Tzu.
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J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions and a research specialist with the department of religious studies at University College–Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Cult Experience, The Encyclopedia of American Religions, and The Vampire Book. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.Review:
"Melton is a longtime researcher in esoteric traditions and new or unconventional religious movements, subjects on which he has written extensively. The book is fascinating to flip through, will interest a wide range of readers, and is written for nonexperts." —Library Journal
"[T]his is an entertaining and fascinating look at an astonishing variety of ways that people experience belief." —The Dallas Morning News
"The [book's] result cannot help but be inspiring or alarming, depending on your understanding of true faith." —Reference & Research Book News
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Book Description Visible Ink Press, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1578591694