The Church Cyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Church Doctrine, History, Organization, and Ritual
James Pott & Co. 1888
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The Church Cyclopaedia was first compiled in 1883 to fill a gap in Anglican and Episcopalian literature—a resource enabling lay people to be easily informed about the often complex and always diverse ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion. The contributors—a diverse set of presbyters, bishops, and knowledgeable laymen—aim to speak fairly and candidly as they represent their subjects and opinions. Written and compiled more than 100 years ago, A. A. Benton’s Church Cyclopaedia is a valuable window into the controversies and structures of the Church at the twilight of the nineteenth century. It also holds its original value as a historical and ecclesiological reference work.
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- Provides a window into the structure and controversies of the nineteenth-century Anglican Communion
- Remains a valuable historical and ecclesiological reference work
- Offers material written for the lay person
- Title: The Church Cyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Church Doctrine, History, Organization, and Ritual
- Editor: A. A. Benton
- Publisher: James Pott & Co.
- Publication Date: 1888
- Pages: 823
About A. A. Benton
Angelo Ames Benton (1837–1912) was an Episcopalian clergyman and scholar. Benton was educated at Trinity College, where he earned his BA (1856), MA (1860), and DD (1888). He was ordained deacon in 1860 and assigned to Trinity Church in Scotland Neck. He was then ordained priest in 1863 and served in Rockfish. Beginning in 1872, he was rector of St. Paul’s Church in Edenton from. In 1878, he returned to Rockfish. In 1883 Benton accepted a professorship of Greek and Latin at the College of Delaware, the same year he first compiled the popular Church Cyclopaedia. He was later professor of dogmatic theology at University of the South at Sewanee, until he returned to ministry in 1894. He retired in 1904 and died eight years later.