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Melton's encyclopedia of American religions / J. Gordon Melton, editor in chief ; James Beverley, associate editor ; Constance Jones, assistant editor ; Pamela S. Nadell, assistant editor.

Contributor(s): Melton, J. Gordon [editor.] | Beverley, James [editor.] | Jones, Constance, 1961- [editor.] | Nadell, Pamela Susan [editor.] | Gale Group.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference library.Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Edition: Ninth edition.Description: 1 online resource (2 volumes).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781414462653.Subject(s): Sects -- United States | Cults -- United States | Sects -- United States -- Directories | Cults -- United States -- Directories | Sects -- Canada | Cults -- Canada | Sects -- Canada -- Directories | Cults -- Canada -- DirectoriesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Melton's encyclopedia of American religions.DDC classification: 200.973/03 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
volume 1. United States -- volume 2. Canada.
Summary: Comprehensive coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information is presented in two distinct sections, essays and directory listings describing the historical development of religious families and providing factual information about each group within those families. Includes, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

volume 1. United States -- volume 2. Canada.

Comprehensive coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information is presented in two distinct sections, essays and directory listings describing the historical development of religious families and providing factual information about each group within those families. Includes, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.

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This newest Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions--the eighth edition was reviewed in 2009 (CH, Oct'09, 47-0608)--retains its place as the premier directory of North American religious organizations, Christian and non-Christian. Of 2,300 groups listed, 385 are new and 87 percent of listings are revised; most, however, are changed only slightly, with few updates to addresses or important numbers. The most noticeable difference is the addition of a separate volume for Canadian religious organizations. Also new is the entry number corresponding to the alphabetical listing of organizations, a scheme that greatly facilitates use. As in the past, specific religious groups are arranged into 26 broad families of religions (Lutheran Family, Pentecostal Family, Christian Science-Metaphysical, one of four families under Western Esoteric, etc.). Each family is introduced in an essay providing context for the groups that follow and detailing the historical development of the religious family, its beliefs, important people, form of governance or polity, and place within North American religious history. Treatments usually conclude with an up-to-date statement about contemporary issues. Maps, chronologies, and religion family trees illustrate the important places and events. Listings for specific religious groups offer a brief history, statement of beliefs, key individuals, and factors in the growth and evolution of the group within the context of others in the religious family. Provided are mailing and web addresses, numbers of adherents and congregations, important publications, and affiliated educational institutions. Led by the eponymous work's principal author Melton (director, Institute for the Study of American Religion), the compilers contact organizations directly to verify information. While some details might be found on institutional websites, it will likely not be in such succinct form nor described systematically in the context of related religious groups. The work remains a worthwhile addition to all academic or public library reference collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels. --Elizabeth B. Scott, Saint Michael's College

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