"[By] J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark and Aidan A. Kelly".
"A guide to the beliefs, concepts, terms, people, and organizations that make up the new global movement toward spiritual development, health and healing, higher consciousness, and related subjects"--t.-p.
"The 'New Age Encyclopedia' moves away from the polemical stances taken by Evangelical Christians, skeptics, and others to provide a balanced, objective, and comprehensive overview of the New Age Movement as well as information about its many ideological and structural components and major leaders. The authors have endeavored to provide a clear, factual description of the New Age world -- its people, organizations, and opinions concerning the movement's viability or its ultimate religious or philosophical value. The Encyclopedia also brings together the diverse elements of the movement for the first time, providing readers with a convenient and authoritative source for information on the New Age. .... The 'New Age Encyclopedia' contains more than 300 descriptive listings arranged in a single alphabetic sequence". -- Intro., p. vii -viii.
Contents: Introduction / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: An Overview of the New Age Movement -- Chronology of the New Age Movement -- Descriptive Listings -- Educational Institutions Appendix -- Alphabetical and Keyword Index.
"Each issue of 'The Churches Speak' begins with an introductory essay which provides an overview of the topic itself and traces its recent historical manifestations. This essay also summarize, compares, and contrasts the opinions found in the individual statements, allowing the user to place each one in the appropriate context. Each essay concludes with bibliographic citations to sources for further reading on the topic. The statements presented in each monograph are arranged into four main sections based on broad religious families or traditions: The Roman Catholic Church (which represents the single largest religious body in the United States); Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches; Jewish Groups; and Other Religious Bodies. Within the Roman Catholic Church section, statements are arranged chronologically by issuing date. The remaining sections are subarranged alphabetically by individual churches, religious bodies, or ecumenical organizations; the statements issued by each organization are presented chronologically within that organization. Each of the four religious family sections is preceded by a note which provides background information of the family and analysis of its perspective on the issue in question." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: The Contemporary Debate in the Churches on the AIDS Crisis -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section contains four Canadian and/or Anglican statements as follows: A Bi-National (Canada/United States) Consultation Statement on AIDS (1987) -- AIDS: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1986) / Church of England -- Resolution on AIDS (1988), Report of the Commission on Human Affairs and Health (1988) / Episcopal Church -- Statement on AIDS (1986), Statement on AIDS (1987), AIDS in Canada (1988) / United Church of Canada.