This is a very good dictionary. The entries are brief and to the point. Buyer beware, though, the book has a bias that is most definitely Roman Catholic. It speaks dismissively of Protestant movements such as Puritanism, denominations such as Presbyterianism, and doctrines such as the propitiation of God's anger against sinful humanity (it says propitiation means expiation). Also, it speaks approvingly of such doctrines as purgatory. If it had spoken with a neutral voice, this reference book would easily have been a five star item.
In researching which dictionary to buy I of course came across this edition and the original "Oxford Dictionary on the Christian Church" This Hendrickson edition is much less expensive and so I tried to find out the differences between the two. Below you will see a review on this edition ( published by Hendrickson. It is basically unchanged from the 1957 edition- but see the next paragraph."This volume is a paperback reprint of The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3d ed., published in 1997, a resource which has not substantially changed since the first edition was published in 1957 except for additions to the bibliography. For old-fashioned data, it remains a solid resource." Book News Inc.
After utilizing the ODCC, Third Edition, for many years, having learned much more than I had expected, I decided to purchase this latest edition. The most enlightening tool, as with the previous edition, is the [*] for comprehensive subject matter exploration. I recommend this edition to anyone interested in obtaining scholarly learning in their life.
This is the best one-volume reference on Christian history and theology that is available. Period. No other dictionary I have seen even comes close. There is more complete information on more topics here, and this is certainly the reference book of choice in academic settings. Bought new from Oxford this Dictionary runs from $125-150, so the Christianbook.com price is unbeatable!