Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, 8th Edition Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 24, 2009 – Offering authoritative information on the full range of American religious organizations and spiritual groups, Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, 8th Edition remains the prevailing research tool in its field.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the first edition, Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, 8th Edition is a comprehensive resource that covers more than 2,800 North American religious organizations, including nearly 200 entirely new listings.  Known for providing both a historical perspective and current information, the publication also covers unclassified as well as defunct groups not found in other directories on religion.  

Edited by J. Gordon Melton, founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, the publication provides comprehensive and compelling coverage of the American religious landscape for students, scholars and general researchers.  Nationally recognized as a leading authority on religion, Dr. Melton has authored many Gale titles including the New Age Encyclopedia, Religious Leaders of America, The Churches Speak Series and The Vampire Book: Encyclopedia of the Undead.

The Encyclopedia features three detailed introductory essays tracing the development of religion in the United States and Canada, including an all-new essay assessing American religion in the 21st Century.  In addition, the publication features 24 narrative chapters, describing the historical development of religious families, and includes maps, tables, charts, chronologies and graphs, which are new to the 8th edition.  Entries typically provide the name of the religious organization, fully updated contact information, description of the organization, membership figures, publications, educational facilities and biographies of sources of additional information.  The Defunct Appendix lists organizations that are no longer in existence.  The Geographic Appendix and Index facilitate access to information provided in this edition.  

Considered the standard reference tool since its inception, Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religion is available in print and e-Book format, as well as through the Gale Directory Library.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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