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This reference by noted scholar J. Gordon Melton provides more than 1,200 detailed biographical profiles of the contemporary and historical men and women responsible for influencing American religion. Each biographical profile begins with the name, birth date and place, death date and place (if applicable), and affiliation/occupation of the religious leader. A detailed discussion of the individual's life and beliefs follows, including: the leader's training and background; the people, places and events that shaped the leader's beliefs; and much more. Features a comprehensive index and a religious affiliation appendix.