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The arrangement of this encyclopedia is alphabetical by topic. It is intended to be an authoritative, readable and reliable reference source on modern Christian thought. Modern is defined as the period in Western culture beginning with the Enlightenment in the 18th century, and Christian thought is defined broadly as not only theology but also the general economic, social, political and aesthetic perspectives of Christianity in the modern world. The editors attempted to avoid presenting either a liberal or a conservative bias in this work. The intended audience is both students and advanced scholars. The entries that deal with the major schools of thought in modern Christianity provide a review of the important themes, personalities, literature and debates. Other entries cover philosophical movements having an impact on modern Christian thought, such as existentialism, Marxism, etc. There are also entries that deal with the major Christian theologians of the period. Suggestions for further reading are provided with each entry. A glossary of theological terms is included. An index is also provided. Each entry is signed and a list of contributors is provided. Prominent scholars in the field of religious studies make up the list of contributors. This is a helpful reference tool and would be especially useful in obtaining an overview of the various movements, persons, and trends in contemporary Christian theology and ethics.
Electronic version of a 2 volume encyclopedia. Entries are by name of the writer under discussion, and are in alphabetical order by name. Two maps are provided: one, of Europe, indicating Germany and its occupied territories, neutral countries, the Allies, and the location within Germany and its occupied terriotories of Nazi camps for the years 1943-1944; the second map focuses on occupied Eastern Europe for the years 1941-1942 and selected Jewish ghettos. According to the Preface, “Holocaust Literature fills the pressing need for a reference source providing access to a broad, comparative perspective of diverse national Holocaust literatures and genres.” The essays are “bio-critical” and run in length from 1800-8000 words, and cover over 300 writers. An Introduction is provided that “offers an overview of critical and theoretical Holocaust inquiry and cultural indices apparent in many Shoah literatures.” Two bibliographies are provided, one that is critical/theoretical in orientation, and the other that focuses on language groups. According to the Preface, “Each author entry succinctly identifies the Holocaust history or interest of the author, discusses major titles, themes, and stylistic representations.” Each entry follows a similar pattern of describing the author's work and then placing that work within the framework of Holocaust literature and other forms of literary expression. Each entry ends with an exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to the author's work. Also included in the volumes are an index, a glossary of terms, a series of appendices covering the following: ghettos, camps, historic figures and key events, Holocaust literary themes, genres, language distribution, authors’ birthplace and language of composition. Each appendix includes an alphabetical list of authors within the established category. Contributors include over 120 scholars from over 60 universities throughout the world. My general impression is that this is an excellent reference resource, much needed and of great use to scholars in the area of Holocaust studies.