"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.
"J. Gordon Melton. James Beverley, Associate Editor. Constance Jones, Assistant Editor. Pamela S. Nadell, Assistant Editor."
"Foreword by Rodney Stark".
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents include prefatory essays followed by 26 main sections/ religious families and further sub-divided into individual churches/sects.
Contents: Foreword / Rodney Stark -- Preface dated January 2009 / J. Gordon Melton -- Introduction to the Eighth Edition -- Selections from the Introduction to the First Edition / J. Gordon Melton -- User's Guide -- Key to Abbreviations -- The Development of American Religion: An Interpretive View -- Religion in Canada: A Historical Survey, 1500 to the Present -- American Religion in the Twenty-first Century -- 1. Interfaith and Ecumenical Family of Organizations -- 2. Western Liturgical Family -- 3. Anglicanism -- 4. Eastern Liturgical Family -- 5. Lutheran Family -- 6. Reformed-Presbyterian Family -- 7. Pietist-Methodist Family -- 8. Holiness Family -- 9. Pentecostal Family -- 10. European Free-Church Family --11. Baptist Family -- 12. Independent Fundamentalist Family -- 13. Adventist Family -- 14. Liberal Family -- 15. Latter-day Saints Family -- 16. Communal Family -- 17. Western Esoteric Family I: Ancient Wisdom -- 18. Western Esoteric Family II: Spiritualism and New Age -- 19. Western Esoteric Family III: Magick -- 20. Western Esoteric Family IV: Christian Science/Metaphysical -- 21. Middle Eastern Family, Part I: Judaism -- 22. Middle Eastern Family, Part II: Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Baha'i -- 23. Eastern Family, Part I: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism -- 24. Eastern Family, Part II: Buddhism, Shinto, Japanese New Religions -- 25. Unclassified Christian Churches -- 26. Unclassified Religious Groups -- Defunct Appendix -- Geographic Appendix -- Index.
OTCH Note: 8th ed. (2009) (like the 7th ed. (2003)and 6th edition of 1998) includes a section on "Anglicanism" but does NOT include an entry for the Anglican Church of Canada although it lists the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and Episcopal Church.