Historical Dictionary Of The Salvation Army by Major John G. MerrittHistorical Dictionary Of The Salvation Army by Major John G. Merritt

Historical Dictionary Of The Salvation Army

byMajor John G. Merritt

Hardcover | September 5, 2006

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With more than 1,500,000 members and adherents in 109 countries, there is hardly anyone nowadays who is not familiar with the Salvation Army. And while many have been directly affected by its activities in health, relief, and community service, it is rare that one knows much about this unique Christian movement, which was founded in London in 1865 by William Booth-its first "General"-and has continued growing ever since. Whether merely curious, impressed by its work, or among its members, the Historical Dictionary of the Salvation Army provides a wealth of information for those who want to know more. This excellent source on all varieties of aspects related to the Salvation Army-its history, organization, structure, beliefs, and activities around the world-sums them all up in a broad introduction. It then presents the information in greater detail in hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries, while nearly a century-and-a-half of history is traced in the chronology, and further reading is indicated by two extensive bibliographies. This volume, written by more than 150 contributors-all specialists on different aspects and countries-under the direction of Major John G. Merritt, concludes with nine appendixes, including the first-ever published list of the more than 425 men and women who have attained the rank of Commissioner.
Major John G. Merritt became a Salvationist in 1966 and was commissioned a Salvation Army officer in 1968. For the next 33 years, he served in pastoral, inner city, editorial, educational, and historical agency appointments in the USA and Chile, retiring with the rank of major in 2001 after 11 years as director of The Salvation Army's ...
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Title:Historical Dictionary Of The Salvation ArmyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:848 pages, 8.84 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810853442

ISBN - 13:9780810853447

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Series Editor's Foreword Part 2 Foreword by General Shaw Clifton Part 3 Editor's Preface Part 4 List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Chronology Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Appendixes Chapter 9 A. The Generals of The Salvation Army Chapter 10 B. The Chiefs of the Staff of The Salvation Army Chapter 11 C. Wives of the Generals of The Salvation Army Chapter 12 D. Children of William and Catherine Booth Chapter 13 E. Doctrines of The Salvation Army Chapter 14 F. International Spiritual Life Commission Affirmations Chapter 15 G. Ranks and Designations Chapter 16 H. Commissioners, 1880-2005 Chapter 17 I. Recipients of the Order of the Founder, 1920-2005 Part 18 Bibliographical Essay Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 Contributor List

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Over one and a half million people are members and they have adherents in 109 countries. Both men and women preach, teach, heal and administrate. One Corps Sergeant-Major was a member of the Swedish Parliament. Formal affiliation as a soldier includes a swearing-in ceremony, and official uniform standards are adjusted according to climate. From abstinence to the story of founder William Booth to holiness meetings to the work in the Zimbabwe territory, these hundreds of entries are augmented by such helpful features as a chronology, an introduction, statements of doctrine, and explanations of ranks and designations. Also included are a bibliographic essay and very comprehensive bibliography by and about the Salvation Army and a photo collection. The result is very useful in understanding not only the Salvation Army but also other faith-based social service organizations and the religious side of progressivism and social action movements.