Faiths across Time [4 volumes]: 5,000 Years of Religious History

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This monumental, four-volume reference overviews significant events and developments in religious history over the course of more than five millennia.


· Provides interesting sidebars to entries on such topics as monotheism and the problem of evil, the construction of the Egyptian pyramids, Mesoamerican mythology, the legacy of Charlemagne, the lives of various religious thinkers and leaders, the Hundred Years' War, the indigenous religions of South Africa, the Second Great Awakening, Potala Palace in Tibet, and many others

· Offers a sweeping chronological presentation of faith and religion over five millennia that enables readers to see the connections between historical events and the evolution of various belief systems

· Includes an extensive selection of photos that helps readers visualize many of the topics discussed in the text

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J. Gordon Melton, PhD, is director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, founded in 1969 in Santa Barbara, CA.

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It would be an exaggeration to describe Melton’s latest project as a history text, when it is technically nothing more than a chronology—albeit, a great one. Covering a vast time span from 3500 BCE to 2009 CE, this set highlights events of all major religions from all corners of the globe. The presentation format is plain, with no graphical representation or time line. Readers will find a succession of chronological entries, including a date, a geographical label (e.g., China, England, Italy), a religious label (e.g., Christianity, Islam, Judaism), and a paragraph’s worth of highly readable information on the corresponding event. The unique size of this chronology (four volumes) allows for the inclusion of many lesser-known events that would ordinarily be left out of a general-purpose reference work. These countless episodes (large and small) all amount to one thing: historical context, which is one obvious benefit of a chronology. Within minutes, a reader can quickly place an event (religious or otherwise) in its proper setting. Readers will learn, for example, that Hitler’s Mein Kampf (1925) was published during the time of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. That connection is one of approximately 20 more that can be made in that same year. The question here, however, is not only, “Can this work can be casually browsed?” but also whether it can be carefully studied. The persistent labels at the start of each entry allow a researcher to track through the volumes at a brisk pace, looking for topics of interest, whether they be a religion, like Islam, or a geographical locale, like Morocco. Other researchers may have interest in a particular time period, like the Protestant Reformation (which would require reading almost a third of volume 3). Whatever the scenario, this work offers so much more than just mindless dates that it can be read in a leisurely manner. And for the sake of those wanting pinpoint access to a particular event, the sets extensive index is included in every volume. --Wade Osburn

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