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Encyclopedia of American Religious History, Third Edition, 3-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Edited by Edward L. Queen II, Stephen R. Prothero, and Gardiner H. Shattuck Jr.; Foreword by Martin E. Marty
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816066604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6660-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $250.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 200.973
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1200


Praise for the previous edition:
Choice "Outstanding Academic Title, 2002"

"Highly Recommended."—The Book Report, starred review

"...[an] outstanding reference…High school and college libraries should add this valuable resource to their reference collections."—American Reference Books Annual

"Highly recommended for general and all academic collections."—Choice

This timely, three-volume reference guide reflects the significant issues and the current state of American religious history. In more than 800 thoughtful, informative entries—100 of which have been added or revised for this edition—Encyclopedia of American Religious History, Third Edition outlines the numerous philosophers, personalities, social issues, and cultural histories of religious practices throughout American history. Special emphasis is placed on recent developments in religious life in this country and the historical contributions of people long neglected by mainstream religious historians, including African Americans, Native Americans, and women. In addition, an expanded introduction gives students a narrative historical overview of religion in America.

New and revised entries include:

  • Abortion
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Anabaptists
  • Daniel and Philip Berrigan
  • Circuit rides
  • Council on American–Islamic Relations
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Fundamentalism
  • Homosexuality
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • Islamism
  • Megachurches
  • John Paul II
  • Politics and religion
  • "Religious right"
  • Sanctuary movement
  • September 11, 2001
  • Sufism
  • Technology
  • United States Catholic conference
  • Wahabism
  • War and religion
  • Wicca
  • Women and religion.


Black-and-white illustrations. Indexes. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. In three volumes.

About the Author(s)

Edward L. Queen II holds a Ph.D. from the divinity school of the University of Chicago. He is director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.

Stephen R. Prothero holds a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University and is currently an assistant professor in the religion department at Boston University. His area of specialty is Asian religion in America.

Gardiner H. Shattuck Jr. is an Episcopal minister with a master's degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University.

Reviews and Awards

"...[an] excellent reference...this work offers a general reader a splendid view of American religion...this 3rd edition is significantly different enough from the earlier ones to warrant its addition to the reference collections of high school and college libraries."

American Reference Books Annual

"Entries are clearly and concisely written and nonpartisan in tone...a fine resource covering issues germane not just to churches and the devout but to U.S. culture and society at large."


"...highly recommended for general as well as academic collections."

Library Journal

"The writing is lively and easy to understand...This work will add a unique dimension to American history courses, particularly on the AP level, and is sufficiently updated to warrant purchase even in libraries that own the previous edition."

School Library Journal

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