The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, relfecting the highest standards in scholarhsip yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. Separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries examine both the history and the current situation of the Christian faith worldwide. The EC also portrays Christianity in its widest ecumenical context. Major articles detail Christianity's rich spiritual and theological diversity in order to inform readers about their religious traditions and perspectives beyond their own ecclestiastical frameworks. Volume 2 of the EC contains 326 articles constituting the alphabetical entries E-I--articles on highly significant topics ranging from early church history, ethics, and evil to Holy Week, icons, and Christianity in Ireland. Like each volume in the complete EC, this book incorporates many enhancements of and additions to the third revised edition of the German Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon: Internationale theologische Enzyklopadic, on which the EC is based. Many new features are included. Unparalleled in scholarship and breadth of content, the Encyclopedia of Christianity will long serve as the standard reference work for the study of Christianity in the past and the present--and its trajectory into the twenty-first century.