Monday, September 24, 2012

Part 8: Making Sense in the Stacks, 200s

Enter the world of the 200s, the world of Religion.


This is one section in the Dewey Decimal System that really shows its origins in Amherst, Massachussetts, 140 years ago.  Sections 200 through 259, and 270 through 289, look at Christianity specifically.  That does not leave much room for Social and Ecclesiastical Theology (260s) or Comparative Religion and Other Religions (290s), where everything else finds a home.

Red and white striped brick cathedral in London
Westminster Cathedral (cue Beatles)

Works specifically on, or versions of, the Bible are 220s.  Christianity and theology can be found in the 230s.  Christian moral and devotional theology are in the 240s.  The 250s cover Christian orders and local churches, while the history of Christianity and Christian Churches are in the 270s.  Christian denominations and sects are lumped together in the 280s, including the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Hutterites.  The classes 200 through 219 are slightly more open for all religions or the philosophy and theory of religion.

The extensive 290s include:
Greek Mythology
Thich Nhat Hanh,
the Dalai Lama,
Carlos CasteƱada,
Native American traditions,
A Course in Miracles,
Joseph Campbell,
and Scientology.

Greek - Herakles and the Erymanthian Boar - Walters 48253 - Detail A
Herakles and the Erymanthian Boar at Walters Art Museum

P.S.: Join Jennifer at the library for another chance to explore a technology petting zoo or learn about ebooks on your Kindle, smartphone, or iPad on Tuesday, Sept 25 at 10 am.

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