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A guide to reference works, tools, and further reading in approaches to the study of religious practices and practical theology.
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About this Guide

About this Guide:

  • This guide provides resources for the study of practical theology and religious practices.

    Links to Resources:

    • Book titles link to Emory's DiscoverE catalog
    • Book covers link to Amazon
    • Periodical titles link to online access page or to DiscoverE

    Library of Congress Call Numbers for Religions

    If you're seeking to browse resources in the stacks or reference sections of Pitts or Woodruff, here are some helpful call number ranges:

    BL -- Religions.  Mythology.  Rationalism
    BL 1100 - BL 1295      Hinduism
    BL 1300 - BL 1380      Jainism
    BL 1500 - BL 1590      Zoroastrianism
    BL 1600- BL 1695       Semitic Religions
    BL 1830- BL 1883       Confucianism
    BL 1899 -  BL 1942.85  Taoism
    BL 2017 - BL 2018.7    Sikhism
    BL 2216 - BL 2227.8    Shinto
    BL 2390 - BL 2490      Religions of Africa

    BM                      Judaism
    BP 1 - BP 253        Islam 
    BP 300 - BP 395   Bahai Faith
    BP 500 - BP 585     Theosophy
    BQ                      Buddhism

    Native American religions are in subclasses E and F.

    The full list of Library of Congress Call Numbers for Subclass B is available.



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    Library of Congress Call Numbers for Practical Theology

    Library of Congress subclass BV is dedicated to Practical Theology.  Some of the subdivisions of this class that might be helpful are listed below.  The full list is available at:

    BV 1-5099        Practical Theology
    BV 5-530          Worship (Public and private)
    BV 169-199       Liturgy and ritual
    BV 205-287       Prayer
    BV 301-530       Hymnology
    BV 590-1652     Ecclesiastical theology
    BV 598-603       The Church
    BV 629-631       Church and state
    BV 637-637.5    City churches
    BV 638-638.8    The rural church.  The church and country life
    BV 646-651       Church polity
    BV 652.95-657   Mass media and telecommunication in religion
    BV 700-707       Parish. Congregation.  The local church
    BV 800-873       Sacraments.  Ordinances
    BV 895-896       Shrines. Holy places
    BV 900-1450      Religious societies, associations, etc.
    BV 1460-1615    Religious education (general)
    BV 1620-1652    Social life, recreation, etc., in the church
    BV 2000-3705    Missions
    BV 4000-4470    Pastoral theology
    BV 4019-4180    Education (for ordained ministry: BV 4019- 4167, and for lay workers: BV 4168-4180)
    BV 4200-4317    Preaching. Homiletics
    BV 4390-4399    Personal life of the clergy
    BV 4400-4470    Practical church work.  Social work.  Work of the lay
    BV 4485-5099    Practical religion.  The Christian life (includes religious duties, moral theology, works of meditation and devotion, works of consolation and cheer, conversion literature, asceticism, mysticism, and quietism)


    Reference Works

    In addition to the works below, a number of print and online encyclopedias that cover particular regions of the world and specific religious traditions.  To find these, try Religion-Encyclopedias as a subject with a topical or geographic limiter as keyword.  You can also use a particular religious tradition in the subject, i.e. Judaism encyclopedias, as a subject to see available resources.

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    Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions - J. Gordon Melton, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BL2525 .M449 2009
    ISBN: 078769696X
    Considers the history and practices of current religious movements in the United States. An index discusses deceased movements.

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    Encyclopedia of Religion - Lindsay Jones, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BL31 .E46 2005
    ISBN: 0028657330
    This print and online resource provides introductory articles on a range of topics and approaches, with resources for further study.

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    Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices - Thomas Riggs, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BL80.3 .W67 2006 (3 vols.)
    ISBN: 0787666114
    This print and electronic resource provides summary material for religious traditions in every country of the world. For each country, information including date of introduction, major leaders, and codes of dress or practice reflect that tradition as it is lived in that location.

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    Atlas of the World's Religions - Ninian Smart, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BL85 .A84 1999
    ISBN: 0195214498
    Provides a number of full-color maps and accompanying text depicting the spread of major religious traditions at significant time periods in that tradition's history.

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    Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements - Peter B. Clarke, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BL98 .E53 2006
    ISBN: 0415267072
    Provides brief articles and limited bibliographies related to groups, people, and approaches outside of traditional religions. A starting point, but one which requires supplements from other sources.

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    The SCM Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship - Paul Bradshaw, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BV173 .N49 2002
    ISBN: 0334028833
    A helpful guide for learning about unknown Christian liturgical terms, with entries divided by tradition where understandings and practices differ.

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    Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling - Rodney J. Hunter, ed.
    Call Number: THEO REF: BV4011.3 .D53 2005
    ISBN: 0687497515
    A 2005 revision rich with articles on the theories and practices related to many aspects of practical theology and Christian religious practices.


    New and Noteworthy

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    Korean Resources for Pastoral Theology - James Newton Poling; HeeSun Kim
    Call Number: BR1328 .P64 2012
    ISBN: 9781608995844
    Publication Date: 2012-07-19

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    The Ecclesial Cancopy - Martyn Percy
    Call Number: BV652.25 .P467 2012
    ISBN: 9781409441199
    Publication Date: 2012-05-01

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    Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing - Helen Cameron; John Reader; Chris Rowland
    Call Number: BV4011.3 .C36 2012
    ISBN: 9780334043904
    Publication Date: 2012-06-01

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    Self, Culture, and Others in Womanist Practical Theology - Phillis Isabella Sheppard
    Call Number: BT83.9 .S54 2011
    ISBN: 9780230102880
    Publication Date: 2011-02-15


    Essential Readings Selected by the International Academy of Practical Theology

    A fundamental practical theology: descriptive and strategic proposals - Don S. Browning
    Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOK STACKS: BV3 .B76 1991
    ISBN: 0800625188

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    Blackwell reader in pastoral and practical theology - James Woodward and Stephen Pattison, eds.
    Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOK STACKS: BV4011 .B54 2000
    ISBN: 0631207457

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    Practical theology: History, theory, action domains: manual for practical theology - Gerben Heitink
    Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOK STACKS: BV3 .H4513 1999
    ISBN: 0802842941

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    Transforming practice: Pastoral theology in an age of uncertainty - Elaine L. Graham
    Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOK STACKS: BV3 .G73 2002
    ISBN: 1579109225

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