[...] this issue of the IBMR carries reviews of a range of key reference tools, each groundbreaking in its own way, and each the fruit of decades of hard work by a laughably small team of dedicated and persistent scholars.
Vol. 34, No. 1 January 2010 World Christian Information: Public Freeway or Private Toll Road? “T he assiduity of Mr. Edwards in exploring so many sources of knowledge, enabled him to impart various instruction in a chaste, elegant style” (p. 25). So reads Edwards A. On Page Park’s tribute to Bela Bates Edwards (1802–52) given in June 1852 3 From “the poor heathen” to “the glory and and reprinted in the October 1852 issue of Bibliotheca Sacra. Among honour of all nations”: Vocabularies of Race Edwards’s several and Custom in Protestant Missions, 1844–1928 publications was his Brian Stanley 431-page tome The 6 Noteworthy missionary gazetteer; comprising a geographi- 12 The Making of the Atlas of Global Christianity cal and statistical ac- Todd M. Johnson and Kenneth R. Ross count of the various 18 World Religion Database: Detail Beyond Belief! stations of the American Peter Brierley and foreign Protestant 20 World Religion Database: Realities and missionary societies of Concerns all denominations, with Siga Arles their progress in evange- 21 World Religion Database: Impressive—but lization and civilization, Improvable illustrated by engrav- Robert D. Woodberry ings (Boston: William 23 The Legacy of Thaddeus Yang Hyde, 1832). David J. Endres This gazetteer relied heavily on sev- 28 Celebrating Edinburgh 1910’s Centenary eral earlier compen- 29 Christianity 2010: A View from the New Atlas dia that were them- of Global Christianity selves influenced by Todd M. Johnson, David B. Barrett, and Peter F. a pioneering work Crossing by Hannah Adams 37 My Pilgrimage in Mission (1755–1831): An alpha- W. Harold Fuller betical compendium of 42 Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Encounter with the various sects which the Enlightenment, 1975–98 have appeared in the Timothy Yates world from the beginning of the Christian aera to the present day. 46 My Pilgrimage in Mission With an appendix, containing a brief account of the different schemes Edward L. Cleary of religion now embraced among mankind. The whole collected from the best authors, ancient and modern (Boston, 1784). The appendixes 50 Book Reviews of the third American edition (1801) included “An Outline of 62 Dissertation Notices Continued next page 64 Book Notes Missionary Geography; or, a brief sketch of the state of religion org/wcd), is not discussed in this issue. For the other, the World throughout the world, with the means now using for its revival Religion Database (www.worldreligiondatabase.org/wrd/ and propagation; and the present state of population in the dif-
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