The Oxford dictionary of world religions

By Bowker, John H.

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978-0-19213-965-8
Publisher
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 1997.


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Reviewed on May 1, 1997

Bowker (divinity, Gresham Coll., London) has produced two very different books, though both are focused on world religion. The Oxford Dictionary, whose entries often lack information on etymology and pronunciation, is actually a one-volume desktop encyclopedia for ready reference. Combining brevity of exposition with a massive number of entries in an attempt to be dictionary-like, the work suffers from trying to be comprehensive in breadth of coverage instead of depth. The psychology of religion is discussed in a half-page, for instance, and the Church Fathers get only two sentences. In addition, the entries are uneven in quality; one has the feeling that the 80 contribu...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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