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J. Gordon Melton

J. Gordon Melton
J. Gordon Melton

 

Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion
Research Specialist with the Department of Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara

 

 

J. Gordon Melton is the Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion located in Santa Barbara, California, and a Research Specialist with the Department of Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than 40 reference and scholarly books. His most famous book The Encyclopedia of American Religions originally appeared in 1979 and is now in its 7th edition (2002). Most recently he co-edited Religions of the World: a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices (ABC-Clio, 2002), with Martin Baumann, which received the Editor's Choice Award from the American Library Association and Booklist, the ALA journal. Other recent titles include: Encyclopedia of Protestantism (2005), Nelson's Handbook of Denominations (2007) and A Will to Choose: the Origins of African American Methodism (2007). He is currently finishing a book on Chinese Buddhism.

 

 
 
 
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