Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Revised Edition
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, since its first
appearance in 1957, has established itself as the indispensable one-volume
reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. This Revised Edition,
published in 2005, builds on the unrivalled reputation of the previous
editions. Revised and updated, it reflects changes in academic opinion and
Has no peer as a one-volume encyclopedia. — The Review and Expositor
There is increased coverage of the Eastern Churches, certain issues in moral
theology, and developments stemming from the Second Vatican Council.
Numerous new entries have been added and the extensive bibliographies have
been brought up to date. Readers are provided with over 6,000 authoritative
cross-referenced A-Z entries covering all aspects of the subject, including:
Theology - the development of doctrines in different Churches;
heretical movements and spirituality and their exponents; history of the
Reformation and Counter-Reformation; discoveries of Nag Hammadi and their
significance for Gnosticism.
Patristic scholarship - Fathers of the Church on whose work later
theology is founded are covered in detail, for example, the problems of
Macarius of Egypt and Macarius/Simeon are elucidated; the recently
discovered Sermons of St Augustine are listed.
Churches and denominations - the beliefs and structures of both the
mainstream and the lesser known denominations, such as Lutherans, Shakers,
Amish, Muggletonians, and Wee Frees; lengthy articles on the history of
Christianity throughout the world, in countries such as Ireland, Spain,
Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Angola, Zaire, the Philippines.
The Church calendar and organisation - feast and saints' days;
Sacraments; church services, offices, rites, and practices; canon law
including Catholic revision; councils and synods; religious orders.
Biographical entries - these are wide-ranging and include saints,
popes, patriarchs, and archbishops; mystics, heretics, and reformers;
theologians and philosophers with a summary of their opinions; artists,
poets, and musicians whose work has been influenced by Christianity.
New entries - Arator; Liberation Theology; Ludwig Wittgenstein;
ordination of women; Christian attitudes to Jews; Christianity in Vietnam;
The Quest of the Historical Jesus; the ethics of contraception, procreation,
- Title: The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Revised
- Editor: F. L. Cross (Revised Edition edited by E. A. Livingstone)
- Oxford University Press, June 2005
- 1,840 pages
- Revised and updated - the unrivalled reference on all aspects of the
- Over 6,000 entries from more than 480 of the very best scholars in
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Praise for the Print Edition
Remains unrivaled as the authoritative one-volume dictionary of the
Christian church, its doctrines and practices, and its most influential
historical figures... — Library Journal
This is the authoritative standard reference book on the Christian Church
and the publishers are justified in claiming that it "has established itself
as the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the
Christian Church". — Martin Manser, Christianity
One of the great strengths of the dictionary from the first edition to the
third has been inclusion of excellent multi-lingual bibliographies attached
to most of the entries. There is no doubt that the third edition of this
classic work will take its place among the most valuable reference works on
the Christian faith. — R. Kevin Seasoltz, O.S.B., Saint John's Abbey,
Collegeville, Minnesota, Worship, July 1997
About the Editors
E. A. Livingstone was involved in the first edition and assumed
the editorship of the second on the death of F.L. Cross. She has been
responsible for the organization of the International Conferences on
Patristic Studies from 1971 to 1995 and has edited the proceedings.
The late F. L. Cross was the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at
the University of Oxford from 1944 to 1968.
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