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Religions of the World: Free Web Sites

This is a guide to researching religions of the world: Western and Eastern Christianity, Eastern religions, Islam, Bahai, New Age Movements, Judaism.

Free Web Sites

A few general sites are listed first, followed by an alphabetical list of sites.  Towards the end there are Christian sacred text sites, and sites about Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Greek Orthodoxy.  Our guides on Buddhism and Hinduism also have free web sites listed, as does the Bible Resources guide. 

Internet Public Library 2: Religion and Theology Section

This is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities.  Contains links to websites on faiths and denominations, and a few sacred texts and religious figures.

Virtual Religion Index
From Rutgers University. "...a tool for students with little time. It analyzes and highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research." American religions, Biblical studies, Buddhist tradition, Christian tradition, comparative religion, East Asia, Hindu sites, Judaic studies, Islamic tradition, etc.
Sources for Study of Religions, this site offers information about religious traditions that developed in the Middle East or West Asia as well as others from South and East Asia, too.

American Religious Sounds Project

A joint project between Michigan State University and Ohio State University to construct a unique sonic archive, documenting the diversity of American religious practice through newly produced field recordings, interviews, oral histories, and other related materials.  What does religion sound like?  Sound, image, and text will be integrated in a digital platform to offer new insights into the complex dynamics of American religious pluralism.  There is a blog here showing some of their work and a pilot web-site showing M.S.U. student programmer work here.

Association for the Study of Esotericism

Esotericism, as an academic field, refers to the study of alternative or marginalized religious movements or philosophies whose proponents in general distinguish their own beliefs, practices, and experiences from public, institutionalized religious traditions. Among areas of investigation included in the field of esotericism are alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Kabbalah, magic, mysticism, Neoplatonism, new religious movements connected with these currents, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century occult movements, Rosicrucianism, secret societies, and Christian theosophy.

Becket Fund

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan, and interfaith. The Becket Fund operates in three arenas: the courts of law (litigation), the court of public opinion (media), and in the academy (scholarship), at home and abroad (international).

Beliefnet Dictionary

Beliefnet.Com provides a searchable and browsesable version of the HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. Copyright © 1995 by The American Academy of Religion. Look for the dictionary search engine on the left side of the web page. is a clearinghouse of information and documents about the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandals. It's goal is to assemble on the internet a collection of publicly available documents and to report on the crisis. It endorses no particular analysis of the root cause of the crisis and advocates no particular remedy. It tries to include a range of viewpoints. It has links to grand jury/attorney general reports, to the Vatican and U.S. Conf. of Catholic Bishops' materials, and to analyses and commentaries on particular cases.

Catholic Directory

Online since 1997, is a service of, who provides free Web hosting services to Catholic churches, diocese, schools, ministries, and many other types of Catholic organizations in need. It is one of the easiest to use and most comprehensive searchable Catholic database on the Internet! Our mission is to help people find Mass. Users will find over 26,000 Catholic listings in the United States. We have over 96,000 additional listings in countries around the world. Millions of Catholics use the directory regularly to find Mass. People look-up Mass times, view weekly bulletins, web sites, email addresses, maps, directions, staff, and other important information.

Catholic News Archive

Site has thousands of newspaper pages, from different cities, fully text searchable. The Archive is a project of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), a non-profit alliance of archives and libraries collaborating in support of the mission to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources.

Catholic Research Resources Alliance

The CRRA is a nonprofit (501c3) membership alliance of institutions collaborating to deliver projects and services in support of its mission "to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas." Their immediate focus is creating access to those rare, unique, and uncommon research materials which are held by libraries and archives in North America.

Catholic Web Resources

A selective guide to Catholic (meaning, Roman Catholic) resources on the World Wide Web by John L. Gresham, MLS, PhD, Instructor in Catholic theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Church of Scientology International

This site was specifically designed for students and scholars in religious studies.  It includes work by the late Bryan Wilson, an Oxford University professor and past President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. It also offers information about Scientology beliefs and practices, video interviews with religious leaders from other faiths about Scientology, as well as information on the status and history of Scientology in countries around the world.   There is a a booklet downloadable free, written by human rights experts on freedom of religion, as well as a blog on international religious freedom.  MSU Libraries has Scientology works in Special Collections and in the Digital and Multimedia Center on 4th floor, West wing.

Confraternity of St. James

"We are a UK-based charity established to promote the pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela [in Northern Spain].  We provide a range of information services to assist prospective pilgrims, of all religions or none, who are planning a walking, cycling or horseback journey along one of the many Camino de Santiago routes."  Offers history of pilgrimage, routes and assistance with planning a pilgrimage to Santiago, books to read/buy, etc.  There are other useful organization websites also, such as the Association of the Friends of the Way and American Pilgrims on the Camino.

Counterbalance Foundation

Counterbalance Interactive Library offers new views on complex issues from science, ethics, philosophy, and religion. Extensive resources on the evolution/creation controversy, biomedical ethical challenges, and much more. Counterbalance will be scientifically religious. This is our commitment to stay true to established theological principles, and to good scholarship.

Dissenting Academies Project

In 1662, the Parliament of England passed the Act of Uniformity - which required adherence to many rites and ceremonies prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer. One of the rites required was episcopal ordination for all ministers. In response, other Protestant religious communities established a number of dissenting academies, which were "intended to provide Protestant students dissenting from the Church of England with a higher education similar to that at Oxford and Cambridge, from which they were largely excluded." This digital humanities project, created by the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, allows visitors to learn more about these academies through an extensive database and encyclopedia of 220 academies that existed between 1660 and 1860. The database also includes thousands of individuals who were involved in the academy as tutors or students.

Documents of the II Vatican Council

Online texts of 16 documents of the Second Vatican Council in a variety of languages, including English. The English language texts are translations from National Catholic Welfare Conference, precursor of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. See also Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, 1990, edited by Norman Tanner, Main, BX 825 .A1 1990 v. 1-2. 

Also useful is the site called Vatican II Council, which has documents from the Second Vatican Council online, with a search engine supporting boolean, phrase, and optional case-sensitive searching. Returns specific paragraphs from each document. Includes Latin and German texts as well as English.


Divine's mission is to evangelize and to nurture our Catholic relationship with God by designing and offering contents, software products, development and design services for the Catholic community. The Liturgy of the Hours produced by this ministry is recognized as the best Catholic podcast, website and mobile app in 2011 and 2012. “From ancient times the Christian Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”  – Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.  In this site you can pray, read scripture, and sing/listen to hymns.

Eastern Catholicism Websites

From Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library, Pittsburgh, PA.  Provides links to Eastern Canon Law.  Links to websites of the
"Eparchies," their organizational branches.  Links to their monastic communities.  Links to introductory videos and to FAQ type information.

Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs

Follows the 1200 years from 30 BC, after Egypt officially became part of the Roman empire under Augustus, to the end of the Fatimid period in AD 1171, when Salah al-Din (Saladin) took power. With the arrival of the Romans, most people in Egypt continued to worship many gods. The following centuries were marked by two significant transitions, first to a majority Christian population by the 5th century, and then again to a majority Muslim population in the course of the 10th century. At times, Jewish communities thrived alongside. In Egypt, the changes of state and shifts of faith are reflected in everyday society. What survives shows us something of the lives of people in Egypt – whether Jews, Christians or Muslims – and their relationships to each other and the ancient past. This is an online presence of an exhibit at the British Museum.  Photographs of objects with information about them and videos where experts explain different aspects of religious life in historic Egypt.

European Jesuit Provenance Project

This is the largest census of books owned by European Jesuit institutions prior to the suppression.  It includes both texts currently held in libraries and information from pre-1773 inventories, and is an ongoing project created by Kathleen Comerford (Georgia Southern University).


Digital version of the official newspaper of the Lutheran Free Church in Minneapolis, 3373 issues.  Digitizing done by Augsburg University Archives from the microfilm.  This site also offers lots of other digitized Lutheran information.

From Jesus to Christ: the First Christians

An intellectual and visual guide to the new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity.For an overview of the series read the Synopsis. It includes links to some of the stories and material on this web site which expand the narrative.This site is anchored by the testimony of New Testament theologians, archaeologists and historians who serve as both critics and storytellers. They address dozens of key issues, disagreements and critical problems relating to Jesus' life and the evolution of Christianity.

Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

The Forum on Religion and Ecology is the largest international multi-religious project of its kind. With its conferences, publications, and website it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns.

GAMEO: Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online

GAMEO provides reliable information on Anabaptist-related (Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, Brethren in Christ) topics, including history, theology, biography, institutions and local congregations. Secular topics from an Anabaptist perspective and full-text source documents are also included. The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online provides reliable, freely-available English-language information on Anabaptist-related congregations, denominations, conferences, institutions and significant individuals, as well as historical and theological topics. Secular subject articles from an Anabaptist perspective and full-text source documents are also included. The Society obtained permission from Herald Press in Scottdale, PA to copy and modify entries of the four-volume Mennonite Encyclopediapublished in the 1950s, and a supplemental fifth volume published in 1990. M.S.U. Libraries has the print set in Main stacks at BX 8106 .M37. The project in time will include the full text of the print Mennonite Encyclopedia, and will add new content both from North America and around the world. Partner organizations relate both to national Mennonite denominations, and to regional and local Amish and Mennonite historical groups: Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, Mennonite Church U.S.A. Historical Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite World Conference.

Gnosis Archive

Gnosticism is a historical term used to refer to a number of mystical sects or groups active around the Mediterranean in the first few centuries,A.D. The Gnostic Society Library, including the Nag-Hammadi Library, contains a vast collection of primary documents relating to the Gnostic tradition as well as a selection of in-depth audio lectures and brief archive notes designed to orient study of the documents, their sources, and the religious tradition they represent. There are over a thousand documents related to the Gnostic tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts. Using the Archive search function, students and researches can easily find just about any anything relating to the Gnostic tradition.

Gods and Scholars

Cornell University Library hosts Gods and Scholars, an online exhibition of diverse archival material on religion. Browse this collection, which includes religious texts, art, objects, and architecture, by a variety of themes, including the The Study and Practice of Religion, Witchcraft and Witch Hunts, and Reformation.  Cornell has a noted witchcraft collection.

Hidden Collections Registry

Provides access to previously hidden or unprocessed library, archives, and museum collections whose owners have received grants to catalog and make the contents accessible online from the Council on Library and Information Resources.  You can search the database by broad topic, such as British studies, medieval studies, etc., or by keyword.  You can limit results by collection name, by institution type, by format. 

History of the Catholic Church in the United States

A research guide made for a class by M.S.U. librarian Mike Unsworth. a Comprehensive Index of Hymns and Hymnals

from Calvin College.  Project aspires to cover North American hymnals comprehensively.  Search and browse by texts (title and text incipit), tunes (names of tunes and melodic incipit), instances (texts and tunes in particular hymnals), people (composers and hymn writers/poets), and hymnals (the books).  Browse for hymns appropriate to the Western liturgical calendar, topic, chapter of the Bible (Protestant canon), and liturgical function.  Browse hymnals by denomination.  Has some links to scores and to audio listening.  Typical info provided is the words (the text of the hymn), info about the writer/composer, info about the tune, scripture references. 

Immanent Frame

Digital project created in conjunction with the Religion and the Public Sphere program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).  The website's title derives from Charles Taylor's The Secular Age which describes the desacralised world as one in which religious belief is but "one option among many."  The website editors hope to elevate the public and academic discussion of religion and secularism by inviting religious and secular thinkers to write on key themes and current controversies.  The Essays & Exchanges section organizes original contributions around themes of religion in public life, politics, and culture, the science of religion, and secularism and society.  Contributions are engagingly written and regularly cited in the academic literature.

Interfaith Calendar

For 2016, with links to 2017 and years prior, gives dates of religious holidays for all faiths.

Interfaith Dialogue Association

A West Michigan organization with goals: to advance understanding of religions and ideologies by study, dialogue, and sharing about religious experiences; to eliminate prejudice between members of different religious traditions and ideologies; to foster an appreciation for the richness of diverse religions and ideologies; to identify commonalities and differences among religions and ideologies;  to enhance personal growth and transformation; and to promote friendship and trust among people of diverse religions and ideologies.

Internet Sacred Text Archive

"Nonprofit archive of religious texts privately maintained in Santa Cruz and not affiliated with any religious organization or institution."

Internet Theology Resources: By School of Theology Major Areas

Internet Theology Resources: Systematic Theology

These two sites point to many hundreds of primary texts from throughout the 2,000 year history of Christianity, emphasizing Roman Catholic liturgy, monastic history, and systematic theology. Author trained in theology. Organization reflects curriculum at St. John's School of Theology and Seminary.

Jesuit Historiography Online

An Open Access resource offering over seventy historiographical essays written by experts in their field. Aimed at scholars of Jesuit history and at those in all overlapping areas, the essays in JHO provide summaries of key texts from the earlier literature, surveys of more recent work, and digests of archival and online resources. Scope of the essays is global.  Supported by Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.  You will need to register yourself and set up a personal account to use this.

Joseph Smith Papers

Papers of the founder of the Mormon Church, an ongoing online project.  Journals, administrative records, revelations, business, financial records.

Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Its mission is to promote interfaith understanding & mutual respect in West Michigan. Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance.

Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

From the Pew Research Center.  Focuses on religious restrictions in the world's 25 most populous countries.  Uses figures from 2007-2013 the report traces which countries have increased in religious freedom and which have restricted it more.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

LCWR is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1400 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the approximately 51,600 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, the conference assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.  Links to newsletters, press releases, writings, publications.

Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

"The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments -- discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960's in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea -- are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site."

LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN)

Dedicated to "preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) religious movements around the world." Part of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, California. Two initiatives. First, the group assists LGBT individuals and groups in identifying how to preserve relevant archival information. Second, the group seeks to provide "an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBT religious history for the use of"scholars. Contains short biographies of LGBT religious leaders and 45 oral history interviews. Online Exhibitions section has digitized archival material.

Liturgical Studies: Eastern Rites

From University of St. Thomas library director and theology librarian Curt Le May.  Offers information about Eastern liturgical texts.  Offers links to information about Eastern Orthodox liturgy.  And information about secondary works.

Mennonite  Archive Image Database (MAID)

The images, some over 100 years old, chronicle everything from weddings to barn-raisings to Pierre Trudeau meeting with Mennonite leaders in Winnipeg in the 70s. MAID is the work of seven Mennonite archives across Canada: one each in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario and three in Manitoba. The database contains 80,000 photos with descriptions but not all are yet available online.

New Advent

This is a Roman Catholic website offering the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, works of the Church Fathers, three parallel versions of the Bible in English, Latin and Greek (I think), a Catholic Library containing famous primary source documents through history, links to other Catholic websites, and interesting news articles on Catholicism today and links to them. The site was recommended by a librarian at University of Dayton, Hector Escobar, in an article in ALA Direct.

Nineteenth-Century Collections Online (NCCO).  This is a primary source database MSU Libraries has bought.  One of its archives, #5, is Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest.

On Common Ground

Three sections: New Religious Landscape, America's Many Religions, Encountering Religious Diversity. Religious diversity in 26 cities with maps.  Profiles 17 religious traditions in America, giving introduction and history of it in America, with timelines and bibliographies.  Religious diversity issues historically and currently in America with essays and primary sources and web links.  Complements Pluralism Project, below in this list, and ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives in the statistics section of this research guide.

100 Questions and Answers about Muslim Americans

"100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans with a Guide to Islamic Holidays: Basic Facts about the Culture, Customs, Language, Religion, Origins and Politics of American Muslims" was written by a class in the Michigan State University School of Journalism.  The link here goes to the page about it.  Click on the book cover and scroll down.  You can open the chapters and read them online for free.

Papal Documents

From the Vatican Web site, links to the encyclicals (and biographies, letters, sermons, exhirtations, etc.) of a growing number of the Roman Catholic popes.

Parishes Online: Online U.S. Directory of the Catholic Church

ParishesOnline is the online U.S. directory of the Catholic Church. Find Catholic Churches, Mass Times, Pastors, Bulletins, Maps, Dioceses, Schools... and much more! Over 20,000 listings. Full-time staff dedicated to hundreds of updates daily.


Founded in 2008, is designed to serve as a resource for those wishing to learn more about different belief systems, as well as participate in productive, moderated discussions on some of today's most talked about and debated topics. The foundation of Patheos is an expansive library of easy-to-read information on world religions. Patheos visitors will find a variety of unique lenses, maps, family trees and comparison charts that can be used to compare, contrast and learn about different religions and belief systems. Has a calendar of the holidays of the major world faiths. The authors/creators are a combination of computer gurus, management people, and religion content knowledgeable people. This site was recommended in an article on religion websites by ALA.

PBS: God in America

2010 PBS documentary series (6, each 60 minutes) investigates the evolving relationship between religious ideologies and movements within American culture, the U.S. government, and the marketplace.  Chronological approach covers impact of Puritans in colonial America, role of religion in the Civil War, faith of Progressive Era reformers, importance of the Black church throughout our history, etc.  Interactive timeline, interviews with scholars, links to other resources.

Peace Pilgrim

From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world.  This site has full texts of her "works" drawn from her speaking engagements, biographical information, and links to A/V materials.  See also author, title, and subject entries in our online catalog under "peace pilgrim."

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Forum pursues its mission by delivering timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders, including government officials and journalists. As a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization, the Forum does not take positions on policy debates.

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage is a website offering ways to explore a concept common to almost all cultures and faiths through the centuries, that still profoundly influences millions of people today. This website outlines the multiple meanings of pilgrimage within the Christian tradition in particular, exploring their expression through the centuries and their continuing significance today. This survey is set against the background of the importance of pilgrimage in faiths and cultures worldwide.

Pluralism Project

From Harvard University, the Pluralism Project studies and documents the growing religious diversity of the U.S. with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities. This web site provides access to project files, bibliographies, directory of religious centers (by state and tradition), links to other resources.  See also the site On Common Ground in this list of web sites.

Portal to Jesuit Studies

By Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies from Boston College.  It offers "online access to a curated and fully searchable collection of important primary sources and some of the latest secondary scholarship related to the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogy approach of the Society of Jesus. The Portal also hosts online resources, such as key documents in Jesuit history and a forthcoming lexicon of Jesuit terminology."

Princeton Seminary Digital Library

The Princeton Seminary Digital Library offers access to over 185,000 pages of digital materials, and for people with an interest in American religious history, 19th century Korean photographs, and a cornucopia of other topics, this website is worth bookmarking. First-time visitors to the site can browse the materials here by author, collection, or journal. Currently, there are twelve different historical journals archived, including "Biblical Repertory," "Theology Today," and "The Princeton Review." In the "Browse Authors" area, visitors can look through the alphabetical listing or view the most prolific authors in a tag cloud. In the Princeton Collection, visitors can view the materials by document type, including images, poems, and sermons. The "sermon" area has some rather intriguing documents, such as a series of sermons originally published in the 1852 "Princeton Pulpit."

Public Religion Research Institute PRRI

Nonpartisan organization founded 2009. Conducts qualitative research and public opinion polls on the intersection of religion, values and public life.  Their research section aggregates their articles, fact sheets, surveys, and popular research; also they track book chapters, articles, and other work in the field.  Links to full texts.  The interactive American Values Atlas (AVA) combines annual PRRI survey data with a rich interactive mapping system by which people can explore similarities and differences between America's political, religious, and demographic groups.

Red, White, and Brimstone: New World Literature and the Millennium

2013 digital version of a traditional exhibit at University of Virginia from 1999.  For exploration of the last book of the Bible, Revelation, via primary documents.  Organized chronologically in 12 topics, such as Revelation in England, Lost Tribes of Israel, Cotton Mather and, New Israelite Republic, Thomas Jefferson and, Second Coming 1843, New Earthly Paradise, Babylon: Sin City, USA, Antichrist in America, Apocalypse Now. 

Religion & Politics

Online news journal from John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, containing articles from journalists and scholars on religion and politics.  Two main menus: Features (with content listed by format: report, essay, profile, review, interview, excerpt) and off to the side by subject (bioethics, civil liberties, culture, education, elections, foreign policy, law/order, media, money, science, sexuality/gender).  States of the union project in here has essays by writers describing religion and politics in their states of the U.S.  The Table is a space where issues of the day are debated by experts with diverse perspectives.

Religion Dispatches

eligion Dispatches is a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation. Rigorous, open and respectful debate about central issues of the day is essential if democracies are to survive and flourish. Although religion is one of the most powerful forces shaping domestic and global politics today, it remains among the least understood and under-analyzed dimensions of our world. Partisan religious voices are all too common, but they do little to help us understand the dynamics of religion in the contemporary world. Whether dealing with fundamentalist movements at home and abroad, the purported clash of civilizations or public controversies over sexuality, immigration, and AIDS, gaining a deeper understanding of the role of religion, for good and for ill, is imperative. Religion Dispatches is an online magazine devoted to exploring the intersections of religion, values, and public life, nationally and globally. It aims to provide a platform for expert, critical exploration of religion in the contemporary world for a general readership. The goal of RD is to inform public debate by analyzing and critically engaging the role of religion and values on the most vital issues of our time. This will involve bringing a wider spectrum of perspectives into the conversation, especially voices that have been marginalized in most media, and increasing attention to progressive expressions of religion and values. (from the website).

Religious Movements Homepage

A goal of this web site is to promote religious tolerance and appreciation of the positive benefits of pluralism and religious diversity. Site's original author was Jeffrey K. Hadden, now emeritus professor of sociology, University of Virginia, whose research interest was in new religious cults and movements. This site provides information on and links to religious cults and movements and controversies about them. Includes bibliographies.

Religious Studies Web Guide

From University of Calgary.  Sections: bibliographies, sacred texts, digital collections, journals.

Religious Worlds

Site's author is a recognized scholar of Indian religons. This is a gateway to: sites of the religious traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, D/Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, new religions), interfaith relations, religious studies programs (in North America, Great Britain, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand), scholarly organizations in religious studies, e lists, other gateways, bibliographies, religious experience, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, religion and science, religion and ecology, religion and film, etc.


July, 2014 leading proponents of conditional mortality held a conference in Houston in honor of Edward Fudge.  The group that put on the conference maintains this website devoted to the idea that "the suffering of the wicked in hell is finite, that after a time their souls are extinguished....  This is in direct opposition to the traditional Christian view that suffering in hell lasts forever."

Review of Biblical Literature

Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields.

Spiritual Ecology: a Topical Bibliography of Books

By Leslie E. Sponsel.  Spiritual ecology is the arena of intellectual and practical activities at the interfaces between religions and spiritualities on the one hand and ecologies, environments, and environmentalisms on the other.  Deals with animism, deep ecology, earth religion, earth spirituality, earth mysticism, ecofeminism, ecomysticism, ecopsychology, ecospirituality, ecotheology, green religion, green spirituality, natural theology, nature mysticism, nature religion, nature spirituality, nature worship, paganism, pantheism, religion and ecology, religion and nature, religious ecology, religious environmentalism, religious naturalism, sacred ecology, spirituality and environmentalism.  Whew!

Swedenborg Digital Library

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, called Heaven and Hell (1758). This digital library contains online full-text versions of books about Swedenborg and the Second Coming as well as access to the books of the Second Coming teachings that Swedenborg himself published.

Theological Commons

From Princeton Theological Seminary.  Over 80,000 resources on theology and religion, with most of the material from their Theological Seminary Library.  Most material is in English, but thousands of items also in French, Dutch, or German.  Search by keyword, title, or author. Limit results by twenty-five year date intervals or by format (book, periodical, audio, thesis). Strength is reformed theology and history.  Three major collections: (1) Benson Collection of Hymnology (historical hymnbooks of the major Protestant denominations, gospel anthologies, books about hymns and their writers, hymnbooks in various languages for use in the mission field); (2) Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive (history of this seminary, Wilberforce University, and history of A.M.E. Church); (3) T. F. Torrance Collection of Antiquarian Books (400 rare volumes published prior to 1800 on history of Christianity in Scotland and archival material.  Site will be especially useful for research on topics in early 19th and early 20th c. American Protestantism.

Theopedia, an Encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity

Theopedia is a growing online evangelical encyclopedia of biblical Christianity, a network of interconnected pages.  The goals are to centralize the efforts of thousands of Christians into a free, comprehensive encyclopedia on biblical Christianity for the benefit of God's people around the world, to promote sound theology, to build Christian community, and to promote the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

This is an online exhibit of works owned by the New York Public Library. Three Faiths includes 200 rare and precious works created over the past 1,500 years. Among them, great works of the miniaturist's art and of calligraphy, drawn from all three faiths, delight the eye, as they have done since their creation centuries ago. Manuscript materials are accompanied by some of the most significant printed works of the past 550 years. The scrolls, codices, illuminated manuscripts, and printed volumes are complemented selectively by important bindings, early photographs, prints, maps, and liturgical or ritual objects dating from the fifth century of the Common Era (CE) to the present.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is an assembly of the bishops of the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the [Roman Catholic] Christian faithful of the U.S. Its purpose is "To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the U.S.; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction[,] the objects of its being." This body, headquartered in Washington, D.C., also reviews movies and writes about the Catholic Church's issues.

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious affiliation of the American public and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is both very diverse and extremely fluid.

Vatican Library

Site is beginning to offer digital versions of manuscripts.  Has links to its online catalogue, manuscripts, printed books, archives, incunabula, prints and drawings, coins and medals, and general catalogue.  Over 4,000 ancient mss digitized.

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning: Religion on the Web

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, presents a collection of Internet resources for those interested in the study and practice of religion. The collection offers access to electronic publications, syllabi, bibliographies, discussion groups, liturgies, and more.

Wesley Center Online

Dedicated to collecting historical and scholarly resources about "the Wesleyan tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Nazarene church." Full-text primary sources not available elsewhere, including a number by theologians such as John Wesley. Also some sermons and biographies and back issues of the Wesleyan Theological Journal and the Arminian Magazine. Most titles are not yet available elsewhere, so even though the site is somewhat clunky, it is useful.

Yale Divinity Digital Image and Text Library

The Digital Library contains two discrete subsets that can be browsed or searched separately: AdHoc: Image and Text Database on the History of Christianity and EIKON: Image Database for Biblical Studies. Use the former to find material on the history of Christianity and the latter to find material on the Bible. Please note that some images in the Digital Library are restricted to Yale use, due to copyright agreements.

Yale University Libraries Free Web Resources on Religion

By Suzanne Estelle-Holmer at the Yale Divinity School Library.  Has links to:  other web resources, links to online texts, reference works, image resources (maps, art and photography related to religion).  Access is also possible via topical categories: Biblical studies, church/denomination/ecumenical/early Christianity, patristics, ethics, religion and the arts, theology, data/statistics, journal articles.  Sites restricted to Yale University persons will probably not be accessible to MSU people unless we also own/subscribe to them.



Internet Sacred Text Archive

"nonprofit archive of religious texts privately maintained in Santa Cruz and is not affiliated with any religious organization or institution."

Finding God in Cyberspace,

Designed by John Gresham. You can find and search various versions of the Bible and sacred texts from other faiths here. Leads also to print resources, people resources, other digital resources, and teaching resources in religious studies; also information on religious traditions.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
from Calvin College. "There is no better place to look first, when in need of an online text from the Christian tradition. With the aim of collection a 'theological library containing 1,000 of the most important public-domain works for theological study' this is more like a 'real library' than most sites."

Religion Online
From Yale Divinity School. "...a growing digital library of over 1,500 English language Christian theological classics and contemporary works, including essays, monographs, chapters, and speeches."  Does not cover Eastern Orthodox Christian or non-Christian religions. Be careful in using these web documents for class work; many are partial, taken from works published in periodical articles, etc. as noted at the beginning of the texts.

New Testament Gateway
From University of Birmingham, England. "...provides a plethora of Web information about the New Testament and its background." It is called New Testament Gateway because it provides avenues into other web sites which have the documents: Greek New Testament, Bible translations, Gospels and Acts, Paul the Apostle, Hebrews to Jude, Book of Revelation, Ancient World, Historical Jesus, Women and Gender, Art and Images, Jesus in Film, etc.

Catholic Communication Network
site offers daily Catholic news, links to Catholic magazines and newspapers, Bible study videos," interviews with leaders, Vatican news, movie reviews, and music and education information.

Papal Documents, on the Libraries Electronic Resources Pages
From the Vatican website (, links to the encyclicals (and biographies, letters, etc.) Of John Paul I, John Paul II, John XXIII, Paul VI, Pius X, XI, and XII, Benedict XV, Leo XIII.

Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site.

Dead Sea Scrolls Online


Review of Biblical Literatureis the Society of Biblical Literature's site, with electronic access to scholarly reviews of books on Biblical studies, reference works, commentaries, dictionaries, Biblical translations.


Noble Qur'an
"three translations side by side..., comprehensive search engine and topical index."

"Developed by Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project, has Shi'ite perspective with many pictures and a multilingual Qur'an. A good section now on general Muslim and Shia Muslim responses to September 11."

"a comprehensive site with links to all things Islamic, including an online store, access to the Qur'an, and articles on a wide variety of religious topics. Now includes links and reactions to September 11 and after."

Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, and Religion
by a professor at University of Georgia, gives scholarly resources on Islam and related subjects. Annotated links. A "non-polemical view of Islam."

Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

The Goal of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is to improve cultural relationships between the West and the Muslim world. This web site includes a link to Islamic resources, which pulls together web sites of major Muslim publications, organizations, and academic programs around the world. Included are home pages of journals and Muslim newspapers in various languages.

Center on Religion and Democracy

The Center on Religion and Democracy is a nonpartisan research center at the University of Virginia committed to addressing whether American democracy can be "properly woven with the threads of new cultures, languages, backgrounds, interests, and ideas." Funded in part by Pew Foundation, it has connections to Pew centers at other universities. This web site offers links to social theory texts, historical texts, religious texts, and legal documents re democracy and religion, for example, works by Machiavelli, Calvin, Winthrop, Emerson, Douglass, the Magna Carta, the Constitution of the Iroquois Nation. Keyword searches. Also has author approach.


The goal of this website is to create a virtual Sangha, or community of Buddhists in the English-speaking world. It strives to provide Buddhists from all traditions with tools to help them develop their practice, by offering access to many full-text primary and secondary materials for both the Therevada and Mahayana traditions: online study guides, courses, e-book library, audio library, a library of zipped files, an e-zine, online meditations, and reference tools.

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) Knowledge Base and Digital Library

TBRC hosts two databases: Knowledge Base, a free public-access database offering easy searchability of Tibetan works, topics, places, persons, content outlines, and corporate bodies, and the Digital Library. The Digital Library contains several thousand scanned Tibetan texts organized by religious school, by topic, and by type (medical, astrological, literary, etc.). Also includes a collection of Tibetan language local histories. Texts in the Digital Library may be purchased by individuals.


Hindu Universe


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America



Michigan State University