Recommended articles in the Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade (New York: Macmillan, 1987) include Devotion; Popular Religion; Bhakti; Pure and Impure Lands; Mappo; Nien-fo; ]odosbii; Jado Shinshu; Shinran; Honen; Rennyo; Amitabha; Avalokitesvara; Faith; Pietism; Evangelical and Fundamental Christianity; Popular Christian Religiosity, Preaching; and Grace.
Lloyd Arthur, The Creed ofHalfjapan (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1912). Though dated, still a good study of]odo-shin-shu as it is found in this century.
John Blofeld, "The Path of Faith and Compassion," in his book, Beyond the Gods: Taoist and Buddhist Mysticism (London: Allen and Unwin, 1974), Ch. 4, pp. 69-88. This chapter nicely complements Unno's article below in a narrative exposition of the theology behind Chinese Pure Land practice.
Alfred Bloom, Shinran 's Gospel of Pure Grace, Association for Asian Studies: Monographs and Papers 20 (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1965). Perhaps the best study in English of Shinran and his basic teachings.
Alfred Bloom, Tannisho: Resource for Modern Living (Honolulu, HI: Buddhist Study Center, 1981). Captures well the vision of Shinran's teaching.
James C. Dobbins, Jado Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval japan (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989). A more historically specialized, but excellent study.
Yoshifumi Ueda and Dennis Hirota, Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought, With Selections from the Shin Buddhism Translation Series (Kyoto: Hongwanji International Center, 1989). An authoritative introduction to Shinran's teachings with a generous selection from the latest translations of several of his writings.
Taitetsu Unno, "The Nature of Religious Experience in Shin Buddhism," in The Other Side of God: A Polarity in World Religions, ed. Peter L. Berger (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1981), pp. 252-271. This article beautifully analyzes the structure of Jodo-shin-shu religious experience and explains clearly how it is fully reconcilable with traditional Mahayana Prajna-paramita teaching.
George C. Bedell, Leo Sandon, Jr., and Charles T. Wellborn, Religion in America, 2nd ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1982), Ch. 3: "Revivalism." A fine, brief overview of the mainstream tradition of Evangelical Revivalism in America.
Peter C. Erb, ed., Pietists: Selected Writings (New York: Paulist Press, 1983). A first-rate collection of writings exemplifying the theology and spirituality of the progenitors of Evangelical Protestantism, namely, the leaders of the European Pietist Movement.
Billy Graham, How To Be Born Again (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1977). William G. McLoughlin, Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform (Chicago History of American Religion; Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1978). A more detailed focus on the nature and history of Evangelical Revivalism in America.
John Weborg, "Pietism: 'The Fire of God which flames in the heart of Germany,"' in Protestant Spiritual Traditions, ed. Frank C. Senn (New York: Paulist Press, 1986). A good, brief overview of the European movement that launched Evangelical Protestantism.
F. Ernest Stoeffler, The Rise of Evangelical Pietism (Studies in the History of ReligionsSupplements to Numen, 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1965). One of the best historical treatments of the origins of Evangelical Protestantism.
Leonard I. Sweet, The Evangelical Tradition in America (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1984). An excellent overview of the nature and history of Evangelical Protestantism in America.
Bernard A. Weisberger, They Gathered at the River: The Story of the Great Revivalists and Their Impact upon Religion in America (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1958). Just what the title says.