Category: General Resources

Resources for studying religion in an academic light or in general, such as curriculum and other fields with which religion can be studied jointly.
  • A Philosophical Dictionary
    • by Voltaire, this book contains many definitions about different topics relating to the study of philosophy and religion
  • Ahead of the Trend
    • Welcome to "Ahead of the Trend," a column bringing you the latest news in religion research from throughout the world. This will be a collegial effort, enlisting the cooperation of researchers, universities, journal editors, institutes and associations of scholars to increase the impact and awareness of important findings in religion research.
  • American Academy of Religion
    • With the American Academy of Religion, one can research or teach topics related to religion.
  • Approaching Religion
    • Approaching Religion is an academic open access journal published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History in Abo, Finland. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field.
  • CDRI: Digital Resources for the Study of Religion
    • The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
  • Cyclopedia of Philosophy
    • Cyclopedia of issues in modern philosophy by Dr. Sam Vaknin, 2005.
  • Faithful Measures: Developing Improved Measures of Religion
    • by Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader and Edward C. Polson. Despite an avalanche of innovations in conducting data analysis, the measures used to generate the data have undergone remarkably modest change. This is a significant problem for the social scientific study of religion, given the changing substantive and theoretical issues being addressed and the increasing diversity of religions being studied.
  • Glossary of Spiritual and Religious Terms
    • A comprehensive listing of religious terms and their definitions.
  • Holy Books
    • Holy Books is the largest collection of sacred texts, holy books, spiritual texts you will find on the Internet. For example you can download the Bible, download the Quaran, the Vedas and thousands of ancient texts on religion and spiritual practice.
  • Important Religious Topics
    • From morality and truth, to terrorism, tolerance, and political issues
  • Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies
    • The Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies is designed to promote the academic study of religion at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The journal is affiliated with the Religious Studies Program at Utah State University.
  • Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
    • It is a peer-review academic publication intended for professors and young researchers interested in the study of religions and ideologies.
  • List of Founders of Religious Traditions
    • This article lists historical figures credited with founding religions or religious philosophies or people who first codified older known religious traditions. It also lists those who have founded a specific major denomination within a larger religion.
  • Philosophy Pages
    • Written by Dr. Garth Kemerling, the resources on this site include a dictionary of philosophical terms, a timeline of Western philosophers, detailed discussion of several major philosophers, and a study guide for students of philosophy.
  • Religion
    • by Arthur Schopenhauer and translated by T. Bailey Saunders, M.A.
  • Religion Dictionary
    • A dictionary of religious terms from the Association of Religion Data Archives.
  • Religious Tolerance
    • Almost all other religious web sites explain only the beliefs of the webmaster or sponsoring faith group. We are different: we try to explain accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, worldviews, and systems of morality, ethics, and values. We hope that you will find our essays helpful and of interest.
  • Soteriology
    • The study of religious doctrines of salvation.
  • The Basics of Philosophy
    • Learn the basics of philosophy; browse by branch, historical period, movement, or individual philosopher.
  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    • The purpose of the IEP is to provide peer-reviewed, detailed scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.
  • The Internet Sacred Text Archive
    • Thousands of sacred texts from many religions worldwide
  • The Parliament of the World's Religions
    • The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Parliament seeks to promote interreligious harmony, rather than unity. The problem with seeking unity among religions is the risk of loss of the unique and precious character of each individual religious and spiritual tradition; this understanding is key to our framework. Interreligious harmony, on the other hand, is an attainable and highly desirable goal. Such an approach respects, and is enriched by, the particularities of each tradition. Moreover, within each tradition are the resources (philosophical, theological and spiritual teachings and perspectives) that enable each to enter into respectful, appreciative and cooperative relationships with persons and communities of other traditions.
  • The Pluralism Project
    • Over the past five decades, immigration has dramatically changed the religious landscape of the United States. Today, the encounter of people of different religious traditions takes place in our own cities and neighborhoods. In 1991, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Through an expanding network of affiliates, we document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life, and contextualize these findings within a global framework.
  • The Profits of Religion
    • By Upton Sinclair, This book is a criticism of religion and a snapshot of the religious movements in the U.S. before its entry into World War I.
  • Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association
    • An open access journal publishing essays, columns, critical reviews, bibliographic essays, and peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of theological librarianship and its contribution to theological education.
  • Thoughts on Religion
    • By George John Romanes. 1904
  • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
    • USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF uses international standards to monitor religious freedom violations globally, and makes policy recommendations. USCIRF documents religious freedom conditions around the world, engages the U.S. Congress, issues reports with policy prescriptions, press releases, op-eds, and journal articles, and engages multilaterally in meetings related to religious freedom and tolerance.
  • Varieties of Religious Experience
    • By William James. A foundational resource in the study of religion, covering chapters such as mysticism, psychology, conversion, and the saints.