Ten years in the making, the new Encyclopedia of Christianity, edited by John Bowden, is a major scholarly achievement. This single volume contains 33 gateway entries to pivotal subjects; 300 major articles by distinguished authorities; 166 strategically located, boxed items on various themes; and a who’s who of 400 (mainly male) historically influential Christians.
This will probably be the last credible Christian compendium of such content from this constituency. Most of the contributing authorities hail from Europe and North America. When Oxford attempts a future venture of this magnitude, the emerging Christianity of the southern and eastern two-thirds of the world will require—by reason of its sheer size and growing influence—that the material more adequately reflect that very changed reality.