Christians like to write books about themselves, and although sales do not necessarily mean readers, presumably somebody out there is at least looking at the books. The purpose of this survey is not to highlight the best-sellers; they receive enough publicity. Instead we want to call attention to books published during the last six months of 1975 and the first six months of 1976 (with a few exceptions) that librarians, students, and readers should know about if they are interested in what’s being written on the Church—past and present—and its members. Apologies for unintended omissions and for questionable judgments are hereby tendered.
GENERAL Franklin Littell has prepared a major aid to the study of the Church’s past in a large-format book, The Macmillan Atlas History of Christianity (Macmillan). Nearly 200 maps and almost as many illustrations are presented with accompanying text. The sixteenth through nineteenth centuries are stressed. For a general overview of the whole course of human events that gives recognition to the religious dimension, see Arnold Toynbee’s Mankind and Mother Earth (Oxford). Reprints by Gale Research Company of two lengthy one-volume reference works are worth noting: The Encyclopedia of Missions edited by Dwight Small et al. (1904) and The Church Cyclopedia edited by A. A. Benton (1883).
A compilation from the works of Christopher Dawson, a leading Christian historian, has been issued as Religion and World History (Doubleday). Essays on the educational philosophies of twenty-six men (only six of whom flourished before 1500) have been compiled by Elmer Towns in A History of Religious Educators (Baker). A less edifying and poorly organized hodge-podge of Jewish and Christian extremists parades before ...1
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