American Religion Data
Archive. www.thearda.com. This Lilly Endowment project maps major
religious affiliations by state, county and metropolitan area using data from
national surveys and studies.
Black and Christian.
www.blackandchristian.com. Founded by Harvard
Divinity School graduate Jacqueline Trussel, this two-year-old site provides
news, histories and features about African American denominations, plus chat
rooms and tips on preaching and worship.
Christian Classics Ethereal
Library.www.ccel.org. This volunteer-run
service presents hundreds of works in the public domain -- meaning it's not
illegal to download them onto your computer -- as text or MP3 audio files.
of sacred texts of world religions -- Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and
the Baha'i faith among them -- plus such other works as the Egyptian Book
of the Dead and Dead Sea Scrolls.
This Iowa State University site offers dozens of links to religious resources
on the Internet, including specialized directories, study guides, journals
and organizations. Similar services include the Virtual Religion Index (religion.rutgers.edu/vri/index.html)
and Internet Resources in Religion and Society (users.drew.edu/ ~epullen/links/internet.html).
www.fac.org/first. The Nashville-based First
Amendment Center offers guidelines, updates and curriculum packages on such
issues as prayer in public school, school-voucher programs and censorship.
Time magazine takes readers to a variety of world religion sites, including
BuddhaNet and Hindu Tantrik Home Page, in a feature called "Spiritual Bazaar."
It urges interfaith discussions of Heaven, Hell and other issues in an area
of the site called "Communion."
Hartford Institute for
Religion Research. hirr.hartsem.edu.
The institute continues to analyze data and publish results of the 1999-2000
Faith Communities Today survey, the largest study ever made of U.S. congregations.
The site presents this and other information designed to help religious communities
improve programs and increase membership.
Institute for the Study
of American Evangelicals.www.wheaton.edu/isae. Wheaton College,
the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham, is located in Illinois and is considered
by many the spiritual and intellectual center of American evangelical Protestantism.
History, resources and news appear here, along with a glossary that clarifies
such terms as evangelicalism, fundamentalism and pentecostalism.
Association for Religious Freedom iarf-religiousfreedom.net.
This site contains links to sites that focus primarily on religious freedom issues.
This basic guide to Islam explores the history, beliefs and practices of one
of the world's largest religions. It tells what Muslims believe about war,
food and drink, death, marriage and Jesus (they consider him a great prophet
and await the Second Coming). For a more in-depth look at Islam, click on
"IslamiCity" at the bottom of the page.
Life of the Orthodox
An excellent introduction to Orthodox Christianity, including an explanation
of its split with Roman Catholicism in 1054 and the numerous branches of Orthodoxy
that exist today. Colorful icons, paintings and photographs complement the
text and links to numerous resources.
Patron Saints Index.
The number of entries on this site has increased rapidly with Pope John Paul
II's unprecedented rate of beatification pronouncements. The canonization
last month of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, the first native Indian saint, and
Pedro de San Jose de Betancur, Guatemala's first saint, bring the total to
3,795. Profiles include protraits, biographical information, areas of patronage
Pluralism Project.www.pluralism.org. Harvard University's Pluralism
Project has emerged in recent years as a premier observer of America's rapidly
changing religious landscape -- especially the influx of religious practitioners
from other parts of the world. Students of all ages will find helpful facts,
figures and resources on world religions and interfaith activity in the United
Psychology of Religion
Pages.www.psywww.com/psyrelig. Presents information
and essays on clergy sexual abuse, faith healing, psychoanalysis and religion,
terrorism and other topical issues.
Religious Movements Page.religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/home.html.
More than a listing of sites and resources, this University of Virginia project
has originated 150 profiles of religious movements, including recently formed
sects and cults. This expansive resource also houses the archives of the Society
for the Scientific Study of Religion and new sections on religious freedom
and religious broadcasting.
Virtual Jerusalem, one of many sites that transport cybersurfers to Jerusalem,
says it will collect e-mail prayers and take them to the Western Wall, the
only remnant of the Jewish Temple. The Aish HaTorah site (www.aish.com/seminars/tunneltour)
gives an illustrated audio tour of a labyrinth of underground passageways
near the wall.
Worldwide Faith News.www.wfn.org. An interfaith group of two dozen U.S.
denominations supports this database of news releases on religious events,
activities and developments worldwide. The archive of 18,000 documents includes
reports in five languages.
Zygon Center for Religion
and Science. www.zygoncenter.org. Formerly called the Chicago Center
for Religion and Science, Zygon focuses on the cooperative potential of religion
and science in improving human life and bringing peace and justice in the
world. Resources include links to eight related groups, among them the Vatican
Observatory and the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science.