World Christian EncyclopediaWorld Christian Encyclopedia

First published in 1982, the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE) immediately took its place as the authoritative, standard work in its field. The second edition’s oversized 1,700 pages represent the most extensive survey of Christianity, and of religion in general, ever attempted.

The heart of the WCE is a series of 238 chapters on the status of religion and of Christianity in every country in the world. Statistical tables show, in great detail, the religious breakdown of the population and the Christian denominations of every country. The second edition updated and extended this analysis to include the status of Christianity in every language, people, city and province of the world.

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) writes that the second edition of the WCE "leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the current state of Christianity in the world…Why add this to your reference collection? Simply put, it is the best statistical work on the current state of Christianity to come along in the 20 years since the WCE was first published."

What People Said About the First Edition

Arthur Glasser: "The World Christian Encyclopedia instantly renders obsolete all previous studies of the worldwide Christian movement."

Yes Magazine: "The World Christian Encyclopedia is by any standard a major tour de force in Christian publishing."

Catholic Herald: "A scholarly compilation, invaluable for the planning of evangelization."

Library Journal (New York): "The World Christian Encyclopedia is an authoritative, monumental work that will find a permanent place in academic, public and special libraries."

National Catholic Reporter: "A feat unparalleled since Caesar Augustus issued his famous decree ‘for a census of the whole world'."

Time Magazine: "A benchmark for our understanding of the true religious state of the planet."

National Catholic News Service: "It outdistances everything that has yet been published."

Directory of Reference Books on Religion: "No other work digests so much data... delineates anomalies, novelties and miniscule bodies so scrupulously... all others summarize data here anatomized... The World Christian Encyclopedia stands without peer or rival, and will probably never be surpassed except by its own second edition."

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