The multiple award-winning Encyclopedia of Christianity (EC), copublished by Brill and Eerdmans, is a monumental five-volume work presenting the history and current state of the Christian faith in its rich spiritual and theological diversity around the world.
Comprehensive, up-to-date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the Encyclopedia also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christianity finds itself.
Describing Christianity in its global context, the Encyclopedia is a fully international work, with articles written by scholars from many countries and cultural backgrounds. Separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries present both the history and the current situation of the Christian faith in all its rich spiritual and theological diversity around the world.
* Comprehensive, authoritative, up to date
* Both historical and contemporary in scope
* Scholarly yet accessible to general readers
* More than 1,700 articles in all five volumes
* Global context, separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries
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'The appearance of the Encyclopedia of Christianity is a major publishing event. Both the breadth and the depth of this work make it essential for libraries, scholars, and churches. Treatment of standard subjects in theology, Scripture, the history of Christianity, world religions, and contemporary ethics is superb. The encyclopedia is very strong on European subjects but also offers outstanding coverage of topics from around the world. For a work arising under Protestant auspices it is remarkably ecumenical. Last but far from least, the articles on 170 separate countries and six world regions are very veritable treasures of statistical and religious information.'
Mark A. Noll (Wheaton College).
'A major resource....Necessary for libraries, students, and teachers.'
Henry Chadwick, (Cambridge University).
'Broad, comprehensive, scholarly, and generally up to date…. When complete, this should be the standard reference on Christianity for academic and public libraries.'
'Sets the standard for reference works of this kind…Essential; this is possibly the best encyclopedic reference on Christianity.'
William P. Collins, Library of Congress, in Library Journal.
'The quality of scholarship combined with the unique approach of providing global, ecumenical, sociocultural, and historical context makes this work an essential purchase.'
'A timely and ambitious project that brings together theology and the social sciences in a fresh and accessible format.'
Ellen T. Charry, in Theology Today
'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.'
Hans Küng, University of Tübingen
'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.'
Robert M. Grant, University of Chicago Divinity School.
'This work should find an honored place on every serious reference shelf; its high scholarly standards and handsome production make it a joy to read.'
Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame.