Beginning with this issue our annual book survey becomes semi-annual. We will continue surveying the previous year’s production of books on the Bible and on theology in a special spring issue. Our annual recommendation of choice evangelical books will also appear then. In a special fall issue, of which this is the first, we will be surveying recent releases on historical and related topics.
Because last spring we did not have room to survey books on North America, this issue includes a selection of those books that appeared over some eighteen months, all of 1974 and the first half of 1975. Books on the rest of the world, along with general titles that include North America along with other areas, are from the first six months of 1975; hence that section is much shorter in this issue.
Part I: North America
The enormous diversity of religion in North America is spread before the reader in our first group of books. Religions of America edited by Leo Rosten (Simon and Schuster) is a major updating and expansion of a work published in the 1950’s. Representatives of many of the larger groups answer pointed questions about their distinctives. Then a huge amount of data from various sources shows what the American people say they believe on a number of issues. There is also almanac-like coverage of institutions, holy days, and trends. A new edition, the sixth, of Handbook of Denominations by Frank Mead (Abingdon) has a narrower and deeper focus than the Rosten volume. It tries to present, impartially, information on as many distinct denominations as the author could find out about. In both books, much of the data is provided by more or less biased sources within the organizations.
The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches edited ...1
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