Nelson's Guide to Denominations

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J. Gordon Melton
Thomas Nelson, 2007 - Religion - 620 pages
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The Complete Guide to American Denominations and Christian Organizations. Nelson's Guide to Denominations provides essential data on 800+ Protestant and Catholic churches operating in the United States and Canada, plus ecumenical and cooperative associations and parachurch organizations. Every entry reports the name of the group, a brief history, key leaders or a contact person, address, email and/or website, membership stats, unique features, world mission affiliates, and sidebars on special ministry initiatives. The guide also includes a section on trends and prospects for the church in North America and a symposium on the Bible in America.

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User Review  - Israel -

Okay, so this book is probably not what you're looking for if you're wanting to know about specific Christian denominations. I happened to see it was a low price, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I ... Read full review

This book is full of inaccuracies.

User Review  - BobM -

I first looked at my own faith group heritage and found a number of mistakes which are easily verifiable. The author confuses the various subgroups, combines the census numbers, has the wrong dates of their origin and misrepresnts key beliefs. I'm not sure i will bother reading any more. Read full review


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J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California. Founded in 1969, ISAR specializes in the study of America's churches and religious organizations. Dr. Melton is the author of more than thirty books on American religious life and history, including the Encyclopedia of American Religions (Gale Group, 7th edition, 2002), American Religion: An Illustrated History (ABC-Clio, 2000), Protestant Faith in America (Facts on File, 2003), and the Encyclopedia of Protestantism (Facts on File, 2005).

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