Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, 8th Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414410395
  • ISBN-13: 9781414410395
  • DDC: 200.973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1386 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released February 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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Students will find this resource comprehensive as well as compelling, with coverage on more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information on these groups is presented in two distinct sections. These sections contain essays and directory listings that describe the historical development of religious families and give factual information about each group within those families, including, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 078769696X | ISBN-13: 9780787696962


"The impressive amount of up-to-date data coupled with the user-friendly new features make Melton's eighth edition a must-have resource for virtually every academic and public library in North America." --Booklist, July 2009

— Booklist

"This encyclopedia has been a standard reference work for 20 years." -- Theology Digest (Spring 1999)

— Theology Digest, The

"Gordon Melton has been involved in editing this standard reference work for over a quarter of a century. The encyclopedia provides historical perspective and current information on over 2,600 religious and spiritual groups in North America. For this new edition, old entries have been revised and more than 250 new entries have been added." -- Theology Digest (Spring 2003)

— Theology Digest, The

"Highly recommended for high schools with comparative religion courses and for both public and university libraries." --Doug's Student Reference Room, May 2009

— Doug's Student Reference Room

"Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from... Melton, a one-time United Methodist pastor, treats each entry with nonpartisan objectivity and, when necessary, a straight face..." -- The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) (February 2003)

— News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA)

"...a fascinating volume with ample sects appeal...crisp and balanced summaries of the past century's wars over Bible interpretation and careful interpretation and careful treatments of such treacherous terms ad "fundamentalism"." --Modesto Daily, August 2005

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"...a comprehensive directory to just about any North American religious organization." --Library Journal, June 1, 2009

— Library Journal