"Book Synopsis The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity is an authoritative reference guide that enables students, their teachers, Christian clergy, and general readers alike to reflect critically upon all aspects of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of 828 scholars and practitioners from around the world, the volume reflects the plurality of Christianity throughout its history. Key features of The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity: -Provides a survey of the history of Christianity in the world, on each continent, and in each nation -Offers a presentation of the Christian beliefs and practices of all major Christian traditions -Highlights the different understandings of Christian beliefs and practices in different historical, cultural, religious, denominational, and secular contexts -Includes entries on methodology and the plurality of approaches that are used in the study of Christianity -Respects each Christian tradition by providing self-presentations of Christianity in each country or Christian tradition -Includes clusters of entries on beliefs and practices, each examining the understanding of a given Christian belief or practice in different historical and contemporary contexts -Presents the relationship and interaction of Christianity with other religious traditions in the world -Provides, on a Web site (http: //hdl.handle.net/1803/3906), a full bibliography covering all topics discussed in the signed articles of this volume Review Quotes ""The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity is the most up-to-date treasure trove available addressing the question, What is Christianity? Eight hundred and twenty-eight contributors from around the globe set out to appraise the historical, contemporary, and ecumenical dimensions of the multi-faced Christianity in 134 countries. With its concise articles, the Dictionary serves as a launching pad for an academic study of Christianity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. As an indispensable tool for study, it leads us to both admire the old dimensions of Christianity and discover the latest features of its diversity."" --John Mbiti, Professor Emeritus, University of Bern, Switzerland ""This volume is the most impressive and comprehensive dictionary on Christianity available to us. Taking a global perspective, the editor brings together the best minds from diverse regions of the world and various disciplinary backgrounds to produce a global account of the Christian heritage and tradition in its historical, cultural, and social contexts. These fascinating and accessible essays taken together probe deeply into the essence, meaning, and functions of the Christian faith in the twenty-one centuries of its existence. This is a significant work for theologians, scholars of religion, church historians, and all those who are interested in the issues of cultural identity, globalization, and interreligious encounters."" --Jacob K. Olupona, Harvard University ""This is the reference book I have been waiting for. It is broad in vision and comprehensive in scope, as its contributors represent a variety of Christian perspectives and beliefs. This historical survey from the origins of Christianity to the present provides us with a thick description of the nature of a rich ecumenical religion that is shaped by deep traditions and is ever changing in the cultures in which it finds its various homes."" --Emilie M. Townes, Yale Divinity School"