The Encyclopedia of Religion in a Digital Age: Entries Not Found, Treasures Not Mined

Lindsay Jones


The wealth of online materials concerning religion may seem to supplant and imperil the stature of Mircea Eliade's 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion (1987), long considered the standard reference work in the field. This article argues, however, that the seminal encyclopedia, especially in its heavily revised and expanded second edition (2005), continues to provide researchers of religion a uniquely valuable resource—but only when they are awakened to the theoretical and explicitly comparative configuration of the set. To that end, the discussion enumerates some of the encyclopedia's most distinctive features that are not matched in other reference works, digital or print.


Encyclopedias; Reference Works

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