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Encyclopedia of Religion, 15 Volume Set [Hardcover]

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Pages   13500
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 20.8" Width: 13.7" Height: 18.8"
Weight:   75.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2004
Publisher   MacMillan Reference Books
ISBN  0028657330  
EAN  9780028657332  

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Among Library Journal's selections of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, will include almost all of the 2750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 (1.2M words) entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition will be the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of a classic work to make it relevant to the questions and interests of readers, whether students, specialists, or laypersons. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds. Every article from the first edition was evaluated by our board of scholars. of study are given their own entries. New composite entries present overarching themes - for example, gender and religion, politics and religion - with each article within the composite covering a different religious tradition. Many of the reprinted articles from the first-edition have updated bibliographies. This is an indispensable resource for any school with a department or programme in religious studies. Additionally, articles support the curriculum and general research in history, gender studies, language and literature, music, the visual arts, history, politics, ecology, health and medicine, law, sociology and anthropology. Three Colour inserts serve as pictorial essays illuminating themes such as pilgrimage, prayer, healing, and how these concepts are displayed in various religions throughout the world. Illustrations go beyond the typical stock imagery and present images of authentic value not readily available elsewhere.

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the only option  Aug 12, 2006
Here is a monument to the current state of the academic study of religion. Thousands of pages of entries, most of them of the highest quality; yet a few slips remain. Typos abound, but I've found none confusing so far.

The articles maintain a very high standard. I've read a few dozen; the worst complaint I can make so far is that I feel the 2005 "further considerations" by Michael Winkelman regarding "Shamanism" ought to describe (even if only to refute) criticisms of Eliade. The bibliography of that subject does not even mention Ronald Hutton's excellent 2001 book "Shamans."

Henry Le Roy Finch's article (from 1987) on "Epistemology" includes the interesting observation, "In attempting to escape the Scylla of fideism, in which knowledge ultimately has no place at all in religion, Western religions have always been in danger of running afoul of the Charybdis of gnosticism, in which there is no need or room for faith. And behind these doctrines lurk the still greater dangers of atheism and pantheism, as well as gnostic dualism" (p. 2819). I suspect gnostics, atheists and pantheists would like Finch fo find a better way to describe them. Dangerous? Based on the rest of the article, I am pretty sure Finch is only trying to describe a traditional Christian point of view. He only accidently sounds prescriptive, I think.

But so far those are my only fair complaints, and I am a picky reader in this area.

Obviously, no matter what I think, if you want the best scholarly reference on religion, this is it. It's no desk reference, but it's simply the best. I am very happy to have it in my home library, as I refer to it constantly. Curious about feminist theology? Fenelon? Ferghus Mac Roich? Festivals? Festschriften? Fetishism? Feurbach? Me too, sometimes.

On the other hand, for the cost, you might strongly consider some other options. Britannica's Encyclopedia of World Religions (1593392664) is the highest-quality single volume reference I know: the scholarship as good or better than the ER, and the illustrations more abundant. I'm also very pleased with a volume titled "Religions of the Ancient World," (0674015177)--although the title misleads because only Mediterranean and Near Eastern ancient traditions.

You might also consider volumes the series on World Spirituality (ie 082451131X); though they are often hard to find, they are generally more accessible and opinionated than the ER.

I also recommend the Princeton Readings in Religion series (ie 0691044414).

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