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Historical dictionary of Methodism
Yrigoyen, Charles, 1937-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
xxv, 299 pages ; 23 cm.
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Central Library BX8211 .H57 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The first major reference work on Methodism since the publication of The Encyclopedia of World Methodism in 1974. Nearly forty Methodist theologians and historians contributed dictionary entries that provide basic information about some of the important persons, doctrines, events, and activities. This is an excellent resource on the history of Methodism...a must for all theological collections. --ARBA The writing is clear and informative and the scholarship of uniformly high quality. A very useful reference work recommended for any library needing authoritative information on important Christian denominations in the US. --CHOICE

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Choice Review

Released nearly a decade after the first edition (CH, Feb'97, 34-3123), this book represents a substantial expansion of an excellent work. New material is included in the introductory chronology that covers the years since the previous final entry for 1996 and in the addition of 15 significant events, 1971-96, not previously featured. The brief history of Methodism that follows reads much as before, although with updated membership statistics. (Curiously, the paragraphs on Western Europe are unchanged, and neither edition includes any membership estimate for this region.) Between this brief history and the dictionary proper, the second edition adds pictures of significant events and people. The dictionary itself is about a third longer than the first edition. The most significant new entries cover Methodist positions on biomedical ethics and social issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage. Entries like these, noticeably absent in the first edition, characterize Methodism within its current context. Also included are geographical entries (e.g., Latin America, Africa) and a few additional basic definitions specific to Methodism (e.g., deacon). ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Any library collection needing information on Christian denominations; all levels. P. D. Sherry Bethel College

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