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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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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

With the assistance of 20 additional contributors, the editors of the two earlier editions of this dictionary offer a third edition 71 pages longer than the second (CH, Sep'05, 43-0020), updating readers' understanding of Methodism by revising, adding, and deleting entries. New entries include "Africa University," "Architecture and Buildings," "Calvinism," "Willis Collins," "Nuelsen, John Louis," "Pakistan, Methodist Church of," "Perseverance of the Saints," "Piety," "Polity," "Predestination," and "Rupp, E. Gordon." The general entries allow for Methodist interpretations of the topics. Statistics have been updated. The book includes a chronology from 1703 (birth of John Wesley) to 2012; an introduction (a brief history of the Methodist movement around the world, barely revised); topical entries for significant persons, places, events, documents, ideas, concepts, and church organizations; and an extensive bibliography. The bibliography emphasizes biographies and autobiographies of famous Methodist persons and includes a brief list of websites. More black-and-white illustrations are included than in the second edition. The editors are now retired from their positions at the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Archives and History. Academics, administrators, historians, researchers, pastors, and theologians, along with the editors, wrote the signed entries. This will be a useful book for all libraries collecting reference works on Christian denominations. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. A. H. Widder Michigan State University