This unique reference work provides students and the general public alike with coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. The culmination of more than forty years of research, the information is presented in 26 chapters, each of which focuses on a different religious family. Each chapter includes an overview of the family's history, followed by directory entries on specific groups within that family. The directory entries provide factual information including, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities, and periodicals. This ninth edition of Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions is an enormous leap forward for a title already acclaimed for its unique coverage. This edition is now two volumes instead of one, reflecting the expanded coverage of Canadian religion. Volume 1 covers the U.S., and Volume 2 covers Canada; both volumes include the same chapters for easy comparison between U.S. and Canadian religious expression. The Canadian volume also includes the Defunct Appendix (for all the religious groups that no longer exist), an alphabetical listing of all religious groups, a geographic listing for an additional way to search the content, and a subject index.
Features & Benefits
- The uniqueness of the content cannot be overstated
- no other source on the market provides such comprehensive and detailed information on religious groups in North America.
- 26 chapters on major religious families, each with an introductory essay followed by directory entries.
- Over 2,300 entries for existing religious groups, and over 800 defunct groups listed.
- New Alphabetical Listing of Organizations joins the Defunct Organizations, Geographical Listing of Organizations, and Index to give the readers multiple ways to access the content.
- Nearly 40 statistical tables and maps draw on the latest census by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
- Chapter chronologies provide an "at a glance" view of the development of each religious family in history.
This edition expands the work to two volumes, reflecting increased Canadian coverage.