New Release: Handbook of Religion

Cover ArtThe comprehensive Handbook of Religion provides a Christian perspective on religion and its many manifestations around the world. Written by top religion scholars from a broad spectrum of Christianity, it introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements.

Articles explore the relationship of other religions to Christianity, providing historical perspective on past encounters and highlighting current issues. The book also contains articles by adherents of non-Christian religions, offering readers an insider’s perspective on various religions and their encounters with Christianity.


“A remarkable handbook of religion that will bring our understanding of non-Christian religions and new religious movements to a new level. This handbook brings practitioners of other faiths alongside the best of evangelical scholarship to produce a magisterial volume that will serve the church well for decades….Historically informed, theologically vibrant, and engagingly practical. This is truly a landmark text.” – Timothy C. Tennent, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Not simply a catalog of the religions of the world, or even of religions as such, but a conceptual framing of religions that engages the evangelical perspective without excluding other views. A novel feature is the inclusion of essays by practitioners of other religions and of cultural and ideological movements.” – Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School

“A handbook rich enough in perspective, content, and method to satisfy comparative historians of religion, contemporary theologians of world Christianity, and evangelists in Christian mission anywhere in the world–a formidable task, which they have accomplished with considerable insight….This would be an ideal textbook.” – Diane B. Obenchain, Fuller Theological Seminary


Terry C. Muck (PhD, Northwestern University) is executive director of the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. He formerly served as dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Ministry and Theology in Global Perspective: Contemporary Challenges for the Church.

Harold A. Netland (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of several books and the coeditor of Globalizing Theology and Handbook of Religion.

Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and distinguished senior fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the author or editor of ten books, including God’s Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions?

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