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Religious Freedom

First Amendment Center
This center "works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education." The site features information concerning the five freedoms — speech, press, assembly, petition and religion — guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution.

Religious Freedom
The International Association for Religious Freedom, founded in 1900 in Boston, reports on legislation, persecution and other topics related to religion in countries throughout the world.

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General Religious Resources

Atheist Alliance Web Center
Speaking for organizations throughout the world, this group works to oppose the influence of "authoritarian religion." There are links to additional resources and organizations for freethinkers, atheists, and humanists.

Gays for God: GLBT Directory of Faith Communities
Religious organizations and congregations affirming to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons, arranged by location and by religion/denomination.

ReligiousResources.org
is a directory of Internet resources for all major religions, listing 4926 resources, organized into 328 categories.

The Ten Commandments: Many Topics and Viewpoints
Information about the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, as recorded in Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Provides analysis, legal and social aspects, resources, and links. Includes discussion of the legality of posting in schools or government offices. From Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.

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Religions of the World

Baha’i

Baha’i World
Official site from the Baha'i International Community. This site gives a general overview, basic writings, teachings, and links to members.

Buddhism

Zen Guide
“A comprehensive on-line resource for zen and buddhism practicioners providing information on history, principles, meditation guide, zen and buddhism related media (books, art, video & audio), organizations directory, and links to additional on-line resources.”

Buddha Net
The Buddha Dharma Education Association site includes educational material on all aspects of Buddhism, a world Buddhist directory, eBook library and much more.

Catholicism

Catholic Online
Today, Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church, and scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament. http://www.catholic.org/ Catholic Online-Saints and Angels- The Saints section of this site has hundreds of entries. Also has pages with calendars, a FAQ, and lists of patron saints.

Patron Saints Index
Access to over 3,900 saints including nationality, occupation, vocation, hobby, condition, and feast day. http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm
The Holy See- This Official Vatican Web site includes information on the Holy Father, Vatican City State, and Vatican Museums. Holy Father contains varied information on the last nine popes. Available in English and five other languages.

Church of England (Anglicans)

The Church of England
This site explains the organization of the Church of England, relationships with other denominations and faiths, and it’s liturgy.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
This official church information site is designed to provide information for non-Mormons. It has a history of the church and explanations of the beliefs, practices, and culture of the Mormons.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
In order to make covenants in behalf of their ancestors, members must first identify them. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gathered genealogical records from all over the world.

Episcopal Church

Episcopal Church
This is the official home page of the Episcopal Church, USA (ECUSA), with links to various church organizations, ministries, and calendars of events.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Information about the basic tenets of faith, music, art, liturgy, and dogma of the Greek Orthodox faith in the United States is presented, along with multimedia virtual tours of Constantinople and the Patriarchal residence.

Hare Krishna Movement

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness
“The ISKCON International homepage offers an all-inclusive study guide and research data on the Hare Krishna movement, its origin, structure, philosophy, temples, programs, management, members, etc."

Hindu Religion

US-Hindus.com
A comprehensive study of the principles and practices of Hindu religion and philosophy, this site also includes the basic tenets and beliefs of Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Taoism, and Confucianism from a Hindu point of view.

Humanism

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)
This site has information on "humanist, rationalist, atheist, secularist, ethical culture, and agnostic groups around the world." Many of the organizations are concerned with human rights and ethical issues.

Jainism

Jainworld.com
This site explores the "religious, social, philosophical, [and] cultural" aspects of Jainism.

Judaism

Jewish Virtual Library
This comprehensive Jewish encyclopedia has thousands of articles, maps, and photographs. There is a large bibliography of books and Web sites as well as a large glossary and a timeline of Jewish history. Among the highlights are a virtual tour of Israel, and the complete text of the Hebrew Bible in English.

OU.ORG
Your Gateway to the Jewish Internet-The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) is a not-for-profit educational, outreach and social service organization serving the North American Orthodox Jewish community. The searchable site provides a database of synagogues, dates of holidays and how they are observed.

Judaism 101
This online encyclopedia serves as an introductory course to Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs. Articles are categorized into basic, intermediate, and advanced content so users can find information appropriate to their level of knowledge.

Jewish Encyclopedia
Contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. Included are Jewish history, law, theology, philosophy, literature, biography, and traditions.

Lutheran Church

Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
This site for an organization representing a "global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition" provides information about its missions, theology, and member churches. Most of the site is also available in German.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
An online catalog for the denominational archives of the largest Lutheran organization in North America. This site contains a Church locator, news, devotions, spiritual resources, weekly prayers, essays, organizational information, and indexes for periodicals.

Muslims

Muslim Life in America
"This Web site is an attempt to capture in photographs, words, and statistics something of the extraordinary range and richness of ordinary Muslim life in this country." From the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Information Programs.

Muslims
Includes interviews with Muslim scholars, an overview of major themes (Islam and women, Islam and the West), and portraits (with video clips) of ordinary Muslims from around the globe. Companion to an episode of the PBS series Frontline.

Al-Islam.org
A Shi'ite perspective with pictures and many texts, including articles, books, and the Qur'an in Arabic and English. Al-Islam.org also features Muslim responses to the events of September 11, 2001. Also available in Arabic, with some features also in Kiswahili.

Orthodox Church of America

The OCA homepage
A very useful resource for information on the Orthodox Church in North America including a searchable parish directory.

Paganism

Biblioteca Arcana
Over seventy articles on theory, history and rituals plus more. Included are such arcane subjects as The Pythagorean Pentacle, the Saturnalia Ritual, the Ars Haruspicina, and the Necronomicon Novum.

Covenant of the Goddess
An international organization of cooperating, autonomous Wiccan (witchcraft) congregations and solo practitioners.

Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
"The Presbyterian Church in the United States has split and parts have reunited several times. Currently the largest group is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." Includes a directory of congregations, searchable by zip as well as city.

Quakers

The Religious Society of Friends
A long list of links relevant to Quaker history, individuals, and groups.

Scientology

Scientology.org
This official Web site of the Church of Scientology International contains general information, history of the religion, church locations around the world, and biographical information on L. Ron Hubbard. Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

Seventh-Day-Adventists

Seventh-Day-Adventists
This official Web site includes sections on the beliefs, structure, history, and statistics related to Seventh-day Adventists. It contains links to offices of this church in most countries.

Sikhism

Sikhism
This introduction to Sikhism and Sikh history, culture and philosophy includes translated excerpts from sacred teachings, comparisons with other religions, rules for conduct of life, and instruction in the Sikh alphabet Gurmukhi.

United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ
The official home page of the United Church of Christ includes a church locator, as well as information about the church's social justice programs, history, and beliefs.

Unitarians

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
represents the interests of more than one thousand Unitarian Universalist congregations, on a continental scale. The UUA grew out of the consolidation, in 1961, of two religious denominations: the Universalists, organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, organized in 1825. Includes a directory of all the churches.

United Methodist Church (UMC)

The United Methodist Church (UMC)
This official Web site includes a library of church documents and publications. Other useful sections are an archive of United Methodist images and icons and an extensive InfoServ of frequently asked questions.

Wicca

Covenant of the Goddess
An international organization of cooperating, autonomous Wiccan (witchcraft) congregations and solo practitioners.

Zen Buddhism

Zen Guide
This attractive site covers the history, concepts, and ideas of Buddhism and Zen and other Eastern philosophies. Each section contains a brief article and annotated links for further study.

Zoroastrianism

Zarathushtrian Assembly
Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religions still in existence, founded between 1500 and 1000 BCE. This site provides an overview of the faith, daily prayers, and religious education opportunities.

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Miscellaneous

Cyber Hymnal
Over 2,900 Christian hymns and Gospel songs are available. Lyrics in multiple languages, background information, biographies, and photographs of composers and lyricists are included.

Ethical Culture
Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society.

E Journals and Print Journals Online

Interfaith Calendar
This is an excellent resource for printable editions of calendars with Spanish translations available. Check this calendar for important dates before planning any major events.

Biblical Studies on the Web

Lesson Plans for Teachers
United Religions Initiative offers lesson plans on some of the many religions and spiritual traditions in the world.

News Articles
Worldwide Faith News is a database of full text official news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups. This collection indexes more than 18,000 documents, including posts in Français, Español, Deutsch.

Religious Art and Images

Temple Net
This site describes and shows many of the thousands of temples in India. Includes a geographic listing of temples, information on temple architecture, highlights of festivals and fairs, information on the beliefs and legends associated with the temples, a glossary of temple terms, and related links..

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Guides to Online Religion Sites

Academic Info on Religion
A very well organized guide to Web sites, maintained by Mike Madin.

APS Research Guide
One of the most comprehensive sites of its type. A Research Guide to Internet Resources for Theological and Religious Studies. Organized by sub-tradition -- Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Protestant, Ecumenical.

Cultural Diversity and Religious Studies
Includes sites on human diversity: cultural , racial and ethnic; gender in speaking, writing, and thinking.

BeliefNet
Religion in the news.  Easy to read, generally well-organized source of current news and opinion.

American Religion Data Archive (ARDA)
Access to quantitative data on American religion. Includes surveys on the general population, religious groups, and religious professionals.

Religion Statistics
Statistics covering membership in over 4,000 religions and religious movements. Indexes of religion by country and by name. Religious affiliations of U. S. presidents and current members of Congress.

Virtual Religion Index
An extensive, well-organized, and annotated resource maintained by Mahlon H. Smith at the Department of Religious Studies at Rutgers University (USA) which also hosts the important and at times controversial Jesus Seminar Forum web site.

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Books in the Library

Books on Religion can be found in the 290’s of the non-fiction section of the Library.
For individual topics, please check the Library Catalog.

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Researched and compiled by D. Kootman

 

 

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