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Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement

Second Edition

Edited by William Kostlevy

It is much harder to define a religious movement than it is to define a religion or denomination. That applies especially when that movement almost defies definition as the Holiness Movement does. The Holiness Movement is a Methodist religious renewal movement that has over 12 million adherents worldwide. Perhaps the most familiar public manifestation of the holiness movement has been its urban holiness missions, and the Salvation Army—noted for its service ministries among poor and people suffering the dislocations that accompany war and disaster—is the most notable example.

In the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement, important new developments in the Holiness Movement—such as the widely discussed "Holiness Manifesto"—are thoroughly discussed, and the content has also been expanded to include information on figures from Asia and Africa to reflect the continued growth of the Holiness Movement. With a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries, this reference has information that cannot be found elsewhere.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 406Size: 6 x 9
978-0-8108-5832-9 • Hardback • August 2009 • $104.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-8108-6318-7 • eBook • August 2009 • $98.00 • (£65.00)
William Kostlevy is associate professor of history and political science at Tabor College and is the author of Holiness Manuscripts (1994).
The subject covered by this book is well researched, and the material is professionally presented in an easy-to-use format. The book is an important addition to the Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements series.
American Reference Books Annual

This Scarecrow Press series is a very useful one, and this book will be at home in the religion reference sections of large public and academic libraries and some Protestant, church-related, college, and seminary libraries, taking up little space and being of moderate cost. Recommended.
CHOICE, April 2010

The many, ever-useful Historical Dictionary series continue to produce reference volumes of consistent quality and interest....The editor is an academic with an appropriate subject and publishing background to understand and present the subject in a clear and concise manner....Provides excellent information for those doing research in this aspect of Protestantism and is appropriate for academic and large public libraries with an interest in the subject.
Booklist, January 2010