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The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity is an ambitious, one-volume work dedicated to answering the question, what is Christianity? The 3,500-plus articles were written by 828 contributors from around the world. By drawing on such a diverse group of scholars and practitioners, this dictionary can provide regional, cultural, and "insider" perspectives on Christianity from its inception to the present. While this volume features definitions of terms traditionally found in similar reference works, it also attempts to include rarely considered geographical regions (such as Lesotho and Fiji) and voices from the margins (such as feminist and postcolonial theologians) that have contributed significantly to Christian history. Many entries are presented as helpful clusters that examine topics in several historical and contemporary contexts. The front matter includes a list of contributors, a preface (especially useful for explaining the format and goals), and a list of abbreviations. Cross-referencing is clear and thorough. The dictionary's entries lack bibliographies, but a good "comprehensive bibliography" is available online. This is truly a unique resource that is very worthwhile for all academic collections, and one that will be useful for just about any type of reader. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. M. Y. Spomer Azusa Pacific University
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