The written word is one of the defining elements of Christian experience. As vigorous in the 1st century as it is in the 21st, Christian literature has had a significant function in history, and teachers and students need to be reminded of this powerful literary legacy. Covering 2,000 years, The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature is the first encyclopedia devoted to Christian writers and books. In addition to an overview of the Christian literature, this two-volume set also includes 40 essays on the principal genres of Christian literature and more than 400 bio-bibliographical essays describing the principal writers and their works. These essays examine the evolution of Christian thought as reflected in the literature of every age.
The companion volume also features bibliographies, an index, a timeline of Christian Literature, and a list of the greatest Christian authors. The encyclopedia will appeal not only to scholars and Christian evangelicals, but students and teachers in seminaries and theological schools, as well as to the growing body of Christian readers and bibliophiles.
Scarecrow Press; April 2010
- ISBN 9780810872837
- Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
- Title: The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature
- Author: George Thomas Kurian (ed.); Smith, James D., III (ed.)
Imprint: Scarecrow Press
In The Press
Smith, Kurian, and their contributors certainly provide a resource that will help readers to deepen their understanding of what they read, hopefully toward the end of lending their reading the kind of God-glorifying vitality Merton describes.
About The Author
George Thomas Kurian (1931–2015) was president of the Encyclopedia Society and the editor of sixty-five books, including numerous encyclopedias and dictionaries. He was also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was the editor, among others, of The World Christian Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and Encyclopedia of Christian Education.
James D. Smith III is associate professor of Church History at Bethel University, San Diego. He is also on the editorial board of Christian History magazine.