Encyclopedia of Christianity

The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a one-volume encyclopedia published by Oxford University Press and edited by John Bowden of the University of Nottingham and King's College, London.[1][2] It contains over three hundred articles on a variety of Christian topics and themes.[3] Some of the authors include professor John Barton from Oxford University, Cynthia B. Cohen from Georgetown University and Martin Marty from the University of Chicago. It contains twenty one color pictures and ninety six black and white illustrations.[4][5]

Encyclopedia of Christianity
AuthorJohn Stephen Bowden
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
August 2005
Media typePrint
LC ClassBR95 .E47 2005

In his introduction Bowden noted that most Christians have only a limited understanding of the traditions of their own religion.[2] The Christian Century called the encyclopedia "a major scholarly achievement" but noted that it relied entirely on scholars from Europe and North America.[1] Religion writer Richard Ostling called this book, together with its companion release, the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3rd ed.), "2005's books of the year in religion", and commented that the Encyclopedia takes a "relatively moderate approach to literary and historical disputes."[2] Publishers Weekly said: "Overall, this encyclopedia is a must-have for any Christian reference shelf." [4]

See also


  1. The Christian Century - Review
  2. Richard N. Ostling, "Two reference works rank as 2005's best books on religion", Associated Press in Arizona Daily Sun, December 9, 2005.
  3. John Stephen Bowden (15 August 2005). Encyclopedia of Christianity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-522393-4. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. Publishers Weekly - Review
  5. Douglas A Sweeney. "Books Reviews and Notes". Church History. Vol 75. Issue 4. December 2006. pp 961 - 962. Cambridge Journals.
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