By Hans J. Hillerbrand

Routledge is proud to announce the e-book of a brand new significant reference paintings from international popular pupil Hans J. Hillerbrand. The Encyclopedia of Protestantism is the definitive connection with the heritage and ideology that proceed to exert a profound effect on Western concept. that includes entries written by means of a global group of experts, the encyclopedia strains the process Protestantism from its beginnings sooner than 1517, whilst Martin Luther nailed his ninety five Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, to the important and numerous, and overseas scene of the current day.

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The Encyclopedia includes a judicious number of entries that might be considered marginal in their relation to Protestantism. It includes literary and artistic figures as well as figures from public life, whose historical significance, however, does not lie in the realm of Protestant Christianity. The editorial decision was to be restrictive and only include those figures for whom it might be reasonably expected that prospective searchers will turn to a reference work on Protestantism to find the particulars.

Most Protestants today would not seek to resolve such issues by “proof-texting” in this way, given that abortion as we know it has only now become possible through the advance of modern medicine and is really quite different from the causing of miscarriage by violence or poison in earlier centuries. Likewise our understanding of fetal development is quite unlike the almost total ignorance with which the issue was surrounded in past ages. This change affects human attitudes toward the morality of abortion in wholly different ways.

Other ecumenical agreements could be easily cited. Thus, some Protestants devoutly wish to find ways to be reunited with Rome. Despite its four volumes, this Encyclopedia is by no means able to offer the kind of comprehensive coverage of much larger reference works. This reality allows mention of two recent reference works published in Germany—the Theologische Realenzyklopädie, with its 33 volumes to date, and the Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, with 11 volumes to date. As regards biographies, the Biographisch-Bibliographisches Wörterbuch zur Kirchengeschichte, in over 20 volumes, also available on-line, may be commended.

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