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Introducing the most comprehensive resource on Protestantism

Hans J. Hillerbrand, Editor

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Routledge is proud to announce the publication of a new major reference work from world-renowned scholar Hans J. Hillerbrand. The Encyclopedia of Protestantism is the definitive reference to the history and beliefs that continue to exert a profound influence on Western thought. Featuring entries written by an international team of specialists and scholars, the encyclopedia traces the course of Protestantism from its beginnings prior to 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, to the vital and diverse international scene of the present day.

The Encyclopedia of Protestantism:

  • Examines important individuals such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, Watchman Nee, Jonathan Edwards, and Brigham Young

  • Discusses various movements including Anglicanism, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Puritanism, and Mormonism

  • Provides insight into critical events in the history of Protestantism such as the Edict of Worms, Reformation, Azusa Street Revivial, Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910, and the Edict of Nantes

  • Includes global coverage of the impact of Protestantism in nations such as India, Australia, Brazil, Korea, Nigeria, Poland, New Zealand, and the Caribbean

  • Tackles contentious and hot topics in Protestantism including abortion, Darwinism, Faith Healing, euthanasia, capital punishment, feminist theology, and anti-Semitism

  • Considers organizations such as the American Bible Society, Baptist World Alliance, Sudan Interior Mission, and the YMCA/YWCA

  • Examines issues including gender, childhood, war, toleration, ecology, industrialization, and music

  • Over 1,000 A-Z signed entries on every significant topic related to Protestantism from C.S. Lewis to Lutheranism in Scandinavia, and Pentecostalism to Liberation Theology

  • Recounts the evolution of Protestantism from the Sixteenth-Century Reformation in Europe to the present world-wide institutions

  • Extensively cross-referenced and indexed with bibliographic references

  • Encompasses the presence and influence of Protestantism globally—including developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

  • Indispensable for students of religious studies, world history, cultural studies, theology, social studies, and ethics

  • The most authoritative exploration of all aspects of Protestantism including biographies, geographic areas, traditions, theology, creeds, institutions, movements, culture, history, and events

Hans Hillerbrand is regarded as the leading historian of the Reformation. A professor of Religion at Duke University in Durham, NC, Hillerbrand is the author of many books, most of which are now considered standard texts. He edited The Oxford Encyclopedia of Reformation and is the president of the American Society of Church History.

Martin Greschat, Münster, Germany
L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC
David Martin, Woking Surrey, UK
Hugh McLeod, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK
Grant Wacker, Duke Department of Religion, Duke University, Durham, NC
Andrew Walls, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ


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