Handbook of Denominations in the United States

Handbook of Denominations in the United States 14th Edition
(Abingdon Press, 2018)

WHO: Roger Olson, the Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Baylor University.

HE SAYS: “In this allegedly post-denominational age, denominations, by whatever name, are proliferating and many are flourishing.”

THE BIG IDEA: This guidebook to U.S. denominations includes descriptions, overviews, current statistics and recent trends.

Listed alphabetically, this resource book breaks down denominations into different sections, ranging from “Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox” to “Mennonite and Anabaptist” to “Pentacostal.”
Within each section are listings for different denominations that feature founding date, membership estimates, number of churches and a brief history. Contact information for the denomination is also provided.

“If this book helps readers to get to know their neighbors, join a worshipping community and better appreciate the intricate social fabric of America, then it has fulfilled its purpose.”