Religions of the World

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices

By Melton, J. Gordon & Baumann, Martin

Publishers Summary:
Religions of the World, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices is an extraordinary work, bringing together the scholarship of some 225 experts from around the globe. The encyclopedia's six volumes offer entries on every country of the world, with particular emphasis on the larger nations, as well as Indonesia and the Latin American countries that are traditionally given little attention in English-language reference works. Entries include profiles on religion in the world's smallest countries (the Vatican and San Marino), profiles on religion in recently established or disputed countries (Kosovo and Nagorno-Karabakh), as well as profiles on religion in some of the world's most remote places (Antarctica and Easter Island).Religions of the World is unique in that it is based in religion "on the ground," tracing the development of each of the 16 major world religious traditions through its institutional expressions in the modern world, its major geographical sites, and its major celebrations. Unlike other works, the encyclopedia also covers the world of religious unbelief as expressed in atheism, humanism, and other traditions.

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ISBN
978-1-59884-203-6
Publisher
ABC-CLIO


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Reviewed on January 1, 2011

This attractive six-volume set is an updated comprehensive survey detailing the development, organization, current status, and pertinent contact information of major organizations associated with various living world faiths. Edited under the unparalleled authority of Melton (director, Inst. for the Study of American Religion) and Baumann (study of religions, Univ. of Lucerne, Switzerland), it eschews a typical historical examination of world religions for a presentation of the constitutive communities, groups, individuals, and associations within each religion. The result is a sort of annotated "encyclopedia of associations" for world religions that does not crit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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