C.T.’s annual survey and evaluation.

People, their diversity of religious beliefs, styles of worship and living.

Most people are interested in other people. This survey of books published in North America from the middle of 1978 to the middle of 1979 concentrates on books that are about the people called Christians. Some of these Christians flourished long ago, but their influence remains pervasively with us, whether or not we know it. Others are still very much alive. Many are within the great tradition of orthodoxy, while others are on or outside the fringes. Some books, mentioned because they help to give perspective, are about those who follow non-Christian religions. The beliefs of people, particularly their religious beliefs, are very important and they are featured in many of the books in this survey. But also important are the ways that people worship and the manner in which they live their lives; books have been included that focus on these areas. I have not had space to mention all relevant books, and undoubtedly I missed some titles. Many thanks go to the publishers for their cooperation. Some of the books mentioned here already have had or will have fuller reviews published in our pages.

Before looking at the various topics—by time, place, or theme—into which most books readily fit, there are 10 titles to which I would like to call special attention. They are books that all theological libraries should acquire and major academic and public libraries will want them as well. Church and personal libraries can put at least some of them to good and repeated use.

Most people have become aware in recent years of a far greater number and diversity of religious denominations than they previously thought existed. While we ...

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