Barrett, David B. et. al. World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative
Survey of churches and Religions in the Modern World. 2nd edition.
(Oxford University Press, 2001.) Statistics are based on 2000 data.
Many kinds of information for the U.S. in v. 1, pp. 772-789.
Rel/Fam Ref BR 157 .W67
Bradley, Martin B. et al. Churches and Church Membership in the United
States, 1990: An Enumeration by Region, State and County Based on Data
Reported for 133 Church Groupings. (Atlanta: Glenmary Research Center,
1992.) Tables give membership statistics for the U.S. as a whole, by region,
by state, by county and by metropolitan area. A fold-out map, available
at H/R Ref.desk, shows the major denominational families by counties.
Rel/Fam Ref BR 526 .C48
Gallup, George, Jr. Religion in America 1990. (Princeton: Princeton
Religion Research Center, 1990.) Statistics, graphs and charts based on
Gallup polls in the following areas: religious beliefs, religious identification,
religious practices, religion and society, and religion and youth.
Rel/Fam Ref BR 526 .G35x
Gallup, George, Jr. and Jim Castelli. The People's Religion: American
Faith in the 90's. (New York: Macmillan, 1989.) Includes a review of
American religions during the past 50 years, current trends in religion,
profiles of various denominations (including LDS), religion and public
issues (such as abortion and homosexuality), and religion and politics.
Tables list many statistics. Comprehensive index.
Rel/Fam Ref BR 2525 .G35
Gallup, George, Jr. and Sarah Jones. 100 Questions and Answers: Religion
in America. (Princeton Religion Research Center, 1989.) Charts and
tables describing the 100 most asked and answered questions about religion
Rel/Fam Ref BL 2525 .G34
Gustad, Edwin Scott. New Historical Atlas of Religion in America.
(Oxford University Press, 2001.) Hundreds of color maps showing distribution
of various religions throughout the United States. The spread of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is used as a specific case study (pp. 296
Rel/Fam Ref G 1201 .E4 N4
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Lippy, Charles H. and Peter W. Williams, eds. Encyclopedia of the
American Religious Experience: Studies of Traditions and Movements.
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.) Three volumes. Consists of many
essays covering the following broad topics: Approaches to Religion in America;
North America: Contexts and Backgrounds; Jewish and Christian Traditions;
Religions Outside the Jewish and Christian Traditions; Movements in American
Religion; American Religious Thought and Literature; Liturgy, Worship and
the Arts; Religion and the Political and Social Orders; and the Dissemination
of Religion in America. A good index makes it easy to find details.
Rel/Fam Ref BL2525 .E53
Mead, Frank S. Handbook of Denominations in the United States. 8th
edition. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1985.) An alphabetical listing
of most American religions, with statistics on numbers of members and congregations.
Glossary, index and addresses of the headquarters of each denomination.
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Melton, J. Gordon, ed. Directory of Religious Organizations in the
United States. 3rd edition. (Detroit: Gale Research,
1993.) Addresses and statistics on 2500 American religious organizations,
with a name and keyword index.
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Melton, J. Gordon, ed. Encyclopedia of American Religions. (Detroit:
Gale Research, 1993.) Religious bodies are listed by denominational families.
Statistics, history and bibliographies are included in this valuable 1200+
page reference work which covers 1700 religious groups. A keyword index
makes it easy to find any religious body in the United States. Two dozen
essays trace the development of religions in the U.S.
Rel/Fam Ref BL 2525 .M449
Melton, J. Gordon, ed. The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Religious
Creeds. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1988.) "A compilation of more than
450 creeds, confessions, statements of faith, and summaries of doctrine
of religious and spiritual groups in the United States and Canada." 13
Mormon groups are represented.
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Melton, J. Gordon. Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America.
(New York: Garland, 1986.) A concise guide covering most non-mainstream Christian
and non-Christian religious bodies.
Rel/Fam Ref BL 2525 .M45
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Melton, J. Gordon. Religious Bodies in the United States: A Directory.
(New York: Garland, 1992.) A very brief guide with addresses, telephone
numbers and index.
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Williamson, William B., ed. An Encyclopedia of Religions in the United
States: One Hundred Religious Groups Speak for Themselves. (New York:
Crossroad, 1992.) The subtitle of this work indicates its chief value.
The section on the Mormons, for example, was written by L. Don LeFevre,
Media Relations for the LDS Church.
Rel/Fam Ref BL 2520 .E53
Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, edited by Kenneth
B. Bedell &. Alice M. Jones. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992.) Includes
articles on trends and developments in American churches by George Gallup,
Jr. and Carl Dudley and others. Lists U.S. and Canadian religious bodies,
cooperative organizations, international agencies, seminaries and statistics
for each body.
Rel/Fam Ref BR 513 .Y4
Web site for Religious statistics: www.adherents.com
[For statistics of Christianity outside of the United States, as well as other religions, see almanacs like the World Almanac, located at Humanities Ref. and General Ref. (AY 67 .N5 W7).]