The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena

Visible Ink Press, 2007 - 380 pages
An inspiring and fascinating look at people's religious experiences and beliefs.

Visions of Mary and glimpses of God. Miraculous apparitions witnessed by hundreds in parking lots, along freeways, and at the world's holiest sites. Weeping statues, exorcisms, near-death experiences, mystical labyrinths, and more than 250 other unusual and unexplained phenomena, apparitions, and extraordinary experiences rooted in religious beliefs are explored in The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena.

J. Gordon Melton, the Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, takes readers on a tour among angels, Marian apparitions, and religious figures such as Jesus, the Buddha, Muhammad, and Tao Tzu. Melton reports on dreams, feng shui, statues that bleed, snake handling, speaking in tongues, stigmata, relics--including the Spear of Longinus and the Shroud of Turin--and sacred locales such as Easter Island, the Glastonbury Tor, the Great Pyramids, Mecca, Sedona, and much more.

Each entry includes a description of a particular phenomenon and the religious claims being made about it as well as a discussion of what scientists say about it. Transcending the mundane, the entries take no sides on who is right or wrong: the journey is the experience and the experience is the journey. This fascinating encyclopedia is illustrated with 100 pictures and includes a detailed index and additional reading recommendations. It lets you experience the marvels of weeping statues and icons; exorcisms and ecstasy; the grilled cheese sandwich kit for making your own Virgin Mary image; and so much more.

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This one-volume encyclopedia was written to document some of the people who have reportedly had intense religious experiences (e.g., Padre Pio), the places in which they have occurred (e.g., Fatima ... Consulter l'avis complet

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J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions and a research specialist with the department of religious studies at University College?Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Cult Experience, The Encyclopedia of American Religions, and The Vampire Book. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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