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A dictionary of Asian Christianity /
edited by Scott W.Sunquist ; associate editors, David Wu Chu Sing and John Chew Hiang Chea.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, c2001.
xliii, 937 p. : maps. ; 27 cm.
080283776X (alk. paper)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, c2001.
080283776X (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-09-01:
A reference work on Asian Christianity is definitely needed, and this one, though highly problematic (and primarily concerned with East and South Asia, excluding Russia) may temporarily fill the gap. The dictionary contains over 1200 signed articles, which include biographies of important Asian church leaders, information on political, cultural, and religious movements in Christianity in this part of the world, and overviews of important doctrinal concerns to Asian Christians. Sunquist (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) has borrowed heavily from the Japanese-language Historical Dictionary of Christianity in Japan, leading to oddities, such as an article on "Hymns (Sambika), Japan" but no articles on hymnody in any other Asian country. Further, the editor's Protestant evangelical view at times conflicts with objectivity and clarity, and the book lacks overall logic. An article on "Cults" does not define the term, covers only Japan and Vietnam, and highlights Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Unification Church, all of which should have been given separate entries. The article on the Khmer Rouge should have indicated their impact on the Christians of Cambodia but contains no mention of Christianity, and the article on Baha'i contains a few misconceptions and deals only with Baha'is in India, although the religion also has large communities in other countries covered by the dictionary. As a result, this dictionary will be partially useful for academic and large public libraries where Asia and Christian religion are of interest, but Eerdmans's The Encyclopedia of Christianity (LJ 2/15/99, Vol. 1), when completed, should provide better overall coverage. William P. Collins, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-07-02:
Although Christianity has been present in Asia for two millennia, it is currently experiencing a period of lightning-quick growth. For the first time, a one-volume reference chronicles the history of Asian Christianity, profiles its major leaders and dissects its various movements and denominations. In A Dictionary of Asian Christianity, editor Scott Sunquist includes entries on political events (e.g., the Korean and Vietnam Wars) and also discusses how Christianity has existed side-by-side with indigenous Asian religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. The entries are marvelously thorough for a dictionary, and well-written. (Eerdmans, $75 1024p ISBN 0-8028-3776-X; June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
More a subject encyclopedia than a dictionary, this work's 1,260 entries--some up to eight pages in length--are a trove of information regarding Asian Christianity. Those who work in this field know that English-language resources are relatively scarce; hence this volume fills a niche even if, as the editor acknowledges, it should be viewed as a first edition that will need to be expanded and corrected in the future. Although the term "Asia" is used without modification in the volume's title, the focus rests on east Asia (defined as everything east of Pakistan). West Asia (i.e., the Middle East) is discussed only in historical terms; entries are limited to the pre-Islamic period. One of the goals was for Asian scholars to be the primary contributors, a goal largely met: roughly three-quarters of more than 400 contributors are Asian. Articles were submitted in nine different languages, then translated into English. The finished text reads remarkably well. Academic collections. D. Jacobsen Messiah College
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This superb dictionary is the first basic reference work for the study of Asian Christianity. Describing Christianity as it exists in the region from Pakistan to Japan and from Mongolia to Indonesia, this volume's 1,260 signed articles include biographies of important Asian church leaders as well as reliable, up-to-date information on the political, cultural, and religious movements that have shaped the Christian faith in this part of the world. Maps, cross-references, and bibliographies enhance the dictionary's usefulness for teachers, students, and general readers interested in global Christianity.
Table of Contents
List of Entriesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
Prefacep. xxi
Introductionp. xxiii
Contributorsp. xxv
Entriesp. 1
Mapsp. 938
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