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Preface to the third edition
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The World Christian Encyclopedia represents the most comprehensive attempt to quantify adherents of Christianity and other world religions. The 50-year sustained effort strikes many as impossible: documenting affiliation to 18 religious/nonreligious traditions in the past, present and future, plus detail on Christianity down to the denominational level in each of the world’s 234 countries. The scope and depth of its contents make it one of the most-quoted books in World Christianity and mission stu…

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Todd M. Johnson and Gina A. Zurlo, “Preface to the third edition”, in: World Christian Encyclopedia Online, Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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