The ABTAPL (Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries) Union List of Periodicals gives bibliographical details for all journals relating to theology, religious studies, and philosophy held by the 47 contributing libraries of the ABTAPL. Free electronic journals are also covered. The site consists of an alphabetical title index which links to lists of periodicals. For each periodical, details are given of subscribing institutions and the volumes that they hold. Name changes are noted. Journals and periodicals that are available online are linked directly from the list. Contact details and website addresses are provided for each of the libraries in the Association.
Part of the Academic Blogs wiki, the Blogs in Religion and Theology Web page provides a substantial list of weblogs written by theologians and religious studies scholars. Links to the blogs are given, some of which are accompanied by a short description. As the site is a wiki, users are encouraged to contribute details of other suitable blogs, and to expand or provide descriptions for those already listed. The blogs featured are varied in approach and tone, ranging from the strictly academic to more informal journals: posts include scholarly essays, book reviews, personal responses to current issues (both within the academic sphere and more generally), and conference reports. Many, although not all, of focus on Christian theology. A useful site, especially for those wishing to forge online links with other academics in the field.
Alexander Street Press's Religion online catalogue page offers information about a number of subscription-only primary source text collections. These include the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts, and the Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation (both formerly owned by Ad Fontes). Focusing on the 16th and 17th centuries, these fully-searchable collections offer online access to many hundreds of theological works, including confessional documents, pastoral works, biblical commentaries, and polemical treatises. Both databases have been hand-indexed to ensure that search options are useful to the theological scholar, and are excellent resources for all those interested in Reformation and post-Reformation literature and history.
This Web page also gives details of Alexander Street Press's Digital Karl Barth Library. The latter ultimately aims to provide a definitive electronic edition of Barth's theological writings (in the original German, with English translations of the most important works), complete with metadata tagging designed to meet the needs of researchers. At time of cataloguing, this ambitious project was still in progress, but already appears to be a valuable tool for serious Barth scholars.
The website of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) provides information about the world's largest professional association for those involved in the teaching and research of religion. The site offers membership details, information about the Academy's annual meeting, and a host of useful resources. Some of these (AAR publications and job adverts, for example) are available only to members of the Academy, but others are freely accessible. These include the AAR syllabus project (a large collection of religious studies syllabi contributed by college and university teachers), articles, and useful links to related organisations and resources. Unsurprisingly, the site has an American focus, but much of the material here will be of interest to academics worldwide.
The American Theological Library Association, established in 1946, is an organisation devoted to providing products and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. The Association's website contains: news about conferences and workshops that may be of interest to members; tools for librarians; professional development pages; email discussion groups; and information on the products offered by ATLA. These include the ATLA Religion Database, the Research in Ministry index, and the ATLA Preservation Program Catalog (APCAT), amongst others. Membership of the Association 'is open to anyone engaged in professional library or bibliographic work in theological and religious studies, or who has an interest in the literature of religion, theological librarianship, and the purposes and work of the Association'. Institutional members are also welcomed.
The Anglican Library seeks to provide online editions of literature from the Anglican Christian tradition, and other works of interest to Anglicans. The writings available on the site include the full text of the two Books of Homilies - authorised sermons issued in the 16th century for use in the Church of England. Among the other works are sermons and treatises by classic Christian authors such as Oxford martyr Hugh Latimer, William Law, George Whitefield, and J. C. Ryle, plus selections from the religious works of more recent authors such as C. S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. There are also links (some of which are annotated) to other online resources on, for example, the Bible and various editions of the Book of Common Prayer. The reference section provides further links. The site has two indexes (title and author) and a keyword search function, and despite one or two oddities of organisation (the Book of Common Prayer, for example, is listed in the author index, but not in that of titles), is easily navigable and attractively presented.
APCAT (the ATLA preservation programme's online catalogue) is a database offering bibliographic records of religious and theological serials, monographs, and archives. All items catalogued have been preserved on 35mm microfilm or microfiche, by or for the American Theological Library Association. The earliest works in the catalogue date from the 1600s, though the bulk of material is from the 19th and 20th centuries. For each title, details are given of: the author; the date of publication; the physical description of the work itself; the series to which the work belongs; the method of reproduction; and the ISBN. Other notes and a summary are also provided where appropriate and available. Additionally, each work is assigned one or more linked subject keywords: by clicking on these, users are automatically taken to a list of other records with related subject matter. The database can be searched by keywords, title, author, subjects, or ATLA number, and search results can be displayed in a variety of formats. The site also gives details of how copies of the works recorded can be obtained.
Ars Disputandi (AD) is an online journal (ISSN: 1566-5399) devoted to topics surrounding the philosophy of religion. The website publishes articles, book reviews, literature surveys, and bibliographies. Past articles have covered topics such as feminism and philosophy of religion, the origin of evil, and evolution. Ars Disputandi aims to be a lively online forum for the exchange of ideas, rather than a traditional journal. In keeping with this aim, the site is not published in the form of distinct chronological issues: new articles are published instantly on editorial approval. This site will be of most interest to those working in philosophy, theology and related areas.
The ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Catalog website provides information about the subscription-based ATLA Religion Database. This is the primary bibliographic database for theology and religious studies, indexing over half a million articles and a similar number of book reviews from over 1,600 scholarly journals, plus well over 200,000 essays from over 16,000 multi-author works. In total, the database contains over 1.7 million records. It is not possible to access the database itself through this site (this requires an institutional subscription), but information is provided for those interested in finding out more about subscribing.
The ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Catalog Web page gives details of various ATLA products that may be of interest to theologians. Access to three free online databases is provided: the Research in Ministry index of project reports and theses by Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Missiology students; the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative, which offers digital images (including photographs, artwork, manuscripts, and so on) useful for the study and teaching of religion; and APCAT, the catalogue of the ATLA Preservation Program, which records bibliographic information for theological publications which have been preserved on microform.
The site also provides information about the ATLA Religion Database (though the database itself requires an institutional subscription, and cannot be accessed through the site). With over 1.4 million records, the database is the foremost index of scholarly journal articles, reviews, and essays published in multi-author works. A very valuable set of resources for theologians.
The website of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) provides membership and contact information, plus details of the Association's activities and publications. Affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions and the European Association for the Study of Religions, the Association exists to promote the academic study of religion by facilitating communication and collaboration between scholars working in the field and related areas. To this end, the Association hosts an annual conference, and produces a bulletin, a series of occasional papers, and an electronic journal, Diskus. Further information about all of these is given on the site, and a link is provided to the online edition of Diskus. The association is chaired by Dr Marion Bowman of the Open University. The site is straightforward and easy to navigate.
The New Advent website offers a complete online version of the Catholic Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia, originally published between 1907 and 1914, attempts to cover all aspects of Roman Catholic faith and history that may be of public interest: biographies are given for figures from Church history; historical events are explained; demographic information is provided; doctrinal points are discussed and justified; and Catholic literature, art, and science are covered. The Encyclopedia takes a moderately scholarly approach when discussing other faiths and the particular challenges sometimes presented by philosophy, explaining the background and nature of the proposed belief, and how it sits with Catholicism. Unsurprisingly, the Encyclopedia displays a bias towards the received doctrines of Roman Catholicism, but the reasons given for the faith's superiority are interesting and may also prove challenging. The sources used for each entry, and suggested further reading materials, are included at the base of the page. The site claims that the Catholic Encyclopedia only differs from a general encyclopaedia in 'omitting facts and information which have no relation to the Church'. A search engine is included with the site, which is useful as browsing may only be conducted alphabetically, and not by topic or category of entry.
The website of the Center for Biblical Theology and Eschatology deals mainly with Reformed theology, having a specific emphasis on eschatology and the Protestant Amillenial position. The site, presented by The Mountain Retreat Center, is ministerial and informative in nature, providing articles, bible studies and other tools from a fundamental, Reformed theological slant. The full-text articles cover a range of theological and ethical topics written by a variety of authors, though many tend to be of the Reformed theological tradition. The site is quite easy to navigate and supplies a fundamentalist viewpoint of most theological topics. The intention of the site seems to be geared for any in the general public who may be interested in the Bible, but it may be a useful resource as well for those in search of Reformed religious viewpoints.
This is the website of the Center of Theological Inquiry, an independent academic centre committed to fostering theological research, founded in 1978 and associated with Princeton Theological Seminary. The Center provides residence for scholars carrying out theological research, conducts research groups, holds periodic conferences, and offers a series of public lectures once a year. Several eminent theologians have delivered the lectures at the Center, including: Keith Ward; Thomas Torrance; Jurgen Moltmann; N.T. Wright; Wolfhart Pannenberg; David Tracy; John Milbank; and many others. The Center publishes an annual anthology of the public lectures entitled 'Reflections', the past issues of which are freely available online. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Centre of Theology and Philosophy (COTP) is a research centre based in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. This homepage contains information about the centre's staff, fellows and members; courses they offer and the conferences they organise. The site, which should be of particular interest to those pursuing Religious Studies degree programmes, also provides resources like online papers (available in Word and PDF); a discussion forum; a news section; podcasts; reviews of recent publications in the areas of theology and philosophy; and links to relevant websites. The centre is directed by John Millbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics. He is also the author of most of the online papers made available on the site.
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is one of the largest and best online collections of Christian theological and spiritual works. Directed by Harry Plantinga at Calvin College, the library contains an immense assortment of electronic texts ranging from the earliest of Christian theologians through to 19th century authors. Notable offerings include: the complete Early Church Fathers series (all thirty-eight volumes of the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers are available); the works of St Thomas Aquinas (English translations of the Summa Theologica and Catena Aurea are available); and a selection of works by Anselm, Dante, Walter Hilton, St John of the Cross, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Foxe, John Wesley, and many others. The works are available in a variety of formats, and may be either read online or downloaded (downloading requires free registration). The site may be browsed by author, title, or subject, and a search engine is also provided. There are also occasional links to texts hosted off-site. Most of the texts offered by CCEL are in English (though users should note that copyright considerations mean that translations are often some decades old); a few are also in other languages. Many works on the site have been encoded in Theological Markup Language (ThML), which provides special support for theological needs such as scripture references and Strong's numberings. Music students and lovers of church hymns may enjoy perusing the Hymnary, organised both by song title and composer. In many cases it is possible both to download the score for a hymn and to listen to a MIDI file. A valuable resource for scholars and students alike.
The website of the Churches Theological Research Trust (CTRT) aims to provide an interface between academic theology and the practising Christian church by maintaining a register of theological research. Academics are invited to provide their details, and interested parties (those looking for someone to contribute to a book, join a working party, or speak at a conference, for example) are invited to search the database to locate people with the relevant expertise. The register is straightforward to use, and is a valuable resource both for academics who wish to make their expertise more widely available, and for those in the church community who wish to take advantage of this. The CTRT, founded by Stephen Sykes in 1997, is an ecumenical organisation.
The College Theology Society, founded in 1953 as a Roman Catholic organization, is an association of college and university professors dedicated to investigating the relationship between theology and religious studies and other academic disciplines. The Society discusses more effective ways of teaching theology and religious studies, and develops various programs to that end. The Society convenes annually and publishes the semi-annual journal, Horizons, which contains many of the papers delivered at the annual conference. The site provides a discussion forum for members. Information on membership is readily available. The site is well presented and accessible.
This is the main Web page of Emmanuel College Library, one of two libraries at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other Library, the E. J. Pratt Library, has a broader remit. Emmanuel College is essentially a theological College within a church-related College (Victoria University) at the University of Toronto; it concentrates on the United Church of Canada. Collections reflect this focus on both the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches. They include; books; journals; pamphlets; electronic and audio visual materials in Theology and Religion. The Library also possesses resources on: the Bible; the History of Christianity; Worship; Pastoral Studies; Preaching; Christian Education; Church Music; and Christian Ethics. The site claims its documents will aid students in Theology; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and English Literature. The site has its own links page and refers users to relevant special collections on the following individuals and topics in the E. J. Pratt Library: Reuben Butchart; John Webster Grant; Ernest G. Clarke; Peter Jones; James Evans; A.H. Reynar; Erasmus; Wesleyana; and Northrop Frye. New titles recently acquired by the library are listed with full bibliographical information.
The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) is a voluntary society of scholars based in Europe. Members of the organisation study the interaction between science and theology. This website contains: recent news from ESSSAT and relevant organisations in Europe and elsewhere; details about membership; newsletters (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for access and is downloadable from the site); lightly annotated links to the homepages of Science and Theology organisation in Europe and elsewhere; and a search engine. The organisation organises the European Conference on Science and Theology every two years. Details of these, which include reports and photographs, are available from here. Some materials on the site are available only to members.
This blog supports the AHRC-funded research project ‘Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in Britain’. Although the blog is currently under utilised (the project had only recently begun at the time of writing), it does include a description of the project, which aims to explore the relationship between evangelicalism and fundamentalism through bringing together historians, theologians and sociologists, while encouraging evangelicals in churches and theological colleges to examine their relationship with fundamentalism.
The website of the Federacja bibliotek kościelnych (Federation of Polish church libraries), or FIDES offers an excellent database of the holdings of fifteen or so church collections, including doctoral and masters' theses. The primary language of the site is Polish, but English translations of some material are available. In addition to the library catalogues, the site also offers a digital library, containing over a hundred works (mostly in Polish), and the Thesaurus of Ecclesiastical Scholarship, a glossary of key words in theology, available as a MAK database or as a PDF file. The site also hosts a variety of materials related to the activities of the Federation, including two lectures addressed to FIDES.
Fides Quaerens Internetum is an online gateway for students, teachers, and researchers of theology and religious studies. It contains links to a wide variety of resources, including information about a range of Christian traditions, works by and about individual theologians, and theology journals. Also included are details of (predominantly American) academic associations and departments, newsgroups, and job vacancy sites. The site does not appear to be updated particularly frequently, but at time of review most of the links were still current. Easy to navigate, this resource is a decent starting point for scholars of Christianity.
Fire and Ice is a fairly impressive collection of puritan and reformed writings. Some writings are available in PDF format, and some in html only. Moreover, some writings are excerpted from larger works, and some are complete. The writings are divided according to author, and featured authors include: Richard Baxter; Jonathan Edwards; Charles Spurgeon; Samuel Rutherford; Thomas Manton; A.A. Hodge, Ebenezer Erskine; John Calvin; and several others. Also available on the site is a collection of poetry and an historical and biographical listing. A highly useful resource for anyone interested in the subject.
The Gifford Lectures website offers an online database of books derived from the prestigious lecture series of the same name. Since 1888, lectures have been delivered at four Scottish universities (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews) on the subject of natural theology (that is, the part of theology that depends on human observation and reasoning rather than on divine revelation). The subject has been interpreted broadly, and topics covered include: anthropological religion; science and religion; agnosticism; religious experience; faith; and religious epistemology. The site offers details of each series of lectures, including the title, an abstract, and a biography of the lecturer. Most Gifford lecture series gave rise to books, and the site offers searchable full text versions of over a hundred volumes (though older works are more likely to be available than newer ones, presumably for reasons relating to copyright). With authors including Emil Brunner, Rudolf Bultmann, John Macquarrie, and Richard Swinburne, this is a valuable resource for theologians and philosophers of religion.
The Grace Online Library is a collection of several hundred articles, sermons, biographies, and other writings, predominantly in the Puritan, Reformed, and Calvinist theological traditions. Although at first glance this site might seem to be geared more towards the spiritual seeker than the scholar, there is much here to interest the academic theologian. Works by distinguished authors such as Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin and many others are included, alongside the writings of more recent theologians. The articles are grouped by subject matter, but unfortunately there does not seem to be a systematic listing of authors or titles. A drawback of this site is the sparsity of biographical or other details about the writers whose work is featured; though brief notes are sometimes given, there is often nothing to indicate whether a particular article was written centuries ago or in the last few years. However, the sheer volume of material available means this is nevertheless a valuable resource.
The Hall of Church History is an extensive guide to church history resources on the Internet. It covers most major schools of thought within Christianity from the church fathers through to 20th century figures, including sections on heretics and cults as well as the more orthodox. There is also a page of historically important creeds, confessions and catechisms. The site is attractively presented: one navigates by clicking on various 'rooms' in a map of the site (though a text-only version is also available). Each room gives a brief description of the area covered therein, and then a list of annotated links. There are a few broken links, but the proportion is reasonably small. The structure of the site and the descriptions of some resources indicate a distinct bias towards the author's own theological views, which lie in the Reformed Baptist/Calvinist tradition, but, as good coverage is given even to those groups with whom he disagrees, this is still a useful and interesting resource.
Index Theologicus, or IxTheo, is a free bibliographic database of theological articles published in over 600 periodicals worldwide, plus festschrifts and conference proceedings. A very sophisticated search function aids location of relevant material, and a helpful tutorial shows new users how to make the most of this. The main focus of the database is on articles written in western European languages, including thousands of resources in English. The website which hosts the database is in German, with an English version also available (although there are occasional pages which have not yet been fully translated - such as, for example, the Current Awareness section, which gives details of the works added to the database in the last month). This index is a valuable resource for students and researchers of theology and religious studies.
'Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science' is a website which was designed to meet the needs of those interested in the intersection between theology, philosophy and science. It is directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Alberto Strumia of the University of Bari; and Michelle Crudele of University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome. The site is divided into two main parts. The 'Anthology and Documents' section contains texts from works by classical and contemporary theologians, scientists and philosophers. Also offered are official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churces. The second section links visitors to the online database of the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (INTERS), from where they may access approximately 60 articles on a wide variety of topics. This interesting website is accessible in English and Italian. A search engine is available.
Part of Elizabeth T. Knuth's Internet Theology Resources website, the Online Theology-Related Periodicals page provides a list of annotated links to the home pages of electronic journals: both those which appear only on the Web, and those which appear both in print and online. Some of the publications listed offer free full text access, while others provide only abstracts and/or selections to non-subscribers: in most cases, the link annotations indicate how much of the work is available. An indication is often also given of the intended audience of a particular publication - while many are scholarly journals, some works of more general interest are also listed. A helpful reference source for those studying or researching religion and theology.
The website of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University provides information about the Center's work to promote inquiry into the life and writings of the 18th century American theologian and preacher, who was a key figure in the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s. The site also hosts one of the Center's key projects: an online critical edition of Edwards' works, comprising some 100,000 pages of sermons, notebooks, letters, and treatises, including some works never published in print format. In addition to the writings themselves, the site offers biographical information about Edwards, answers to frequently asked questions, and a set of educational resources, including multimedia material. This is a valuable resource for anyone researching Edwards' work.
The Journal for Christian Theological Research is a mainstream online peer reviewed journal published in association with the Christian Theological Research Fellowship, and dedicated to all aspects of systematic and moral theology. Topics addressed include, for example: the Incarnation; the Trinity; the Resurrection; theodicy; and so on. The journal is edited chiefly by Alan G. Padgett of Luther Seminary. The full contents of all issues of the journal, beginning with Volume 1, 1996, are made freely available. Older papers are presented in HTML format, more recent ones as PDF files. Also available are the abstracts of various papers presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship. The site is well presented and accessible. For those interested, guidelines are provided on how to submit articles for publication.
The website of the Journal of Religion offers tables of contents of past issues of the journal, beginning with January 1996, free of charge to all users. Subscribers can also view the full text of articles in issues from 2004 onwards. Published by the University of Chicago Press four times a year, the journal is dedicated to scholarly inquiry into the meaning and importance of religion. It is broad in scope and its articles are wide ranging in scholarly approach. Information for those wishing to subscribe to the journal and/or order back issues or individual articles is available. Guidelines for those interested in submitting articles are also offered. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Journal of Religion and Communication is a full-text ejournal, published by the U.S. scholarly Religious Communication Association. At May 2009 there are about 40 issues freely available online, dating from 1978 to 2001. Articles are presented using the DJVU format, for which a free Web browser plugin is required. The focus of the ejournal appears to be on theological communications, with occasional articles on television, and a few on the history of ideas. Example article titles include: 'The Effects of Digital Environments on Religious Television Stations'; 'The Priming of Religion in Political Attitudes: The Role of Religious Programming'; 'Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning and the Biblical Origins of Scientific Ethos'; and 'The Depiction of Women in Religious Television', among many others. This archive is hosted by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, and their link to the Religious Communication Association website gives a "404 not found" message, so it is possible that the journal is no longer published.
The Journal of Theological Studies, published by Oxford University Press, is one of the most eminent theological journals in publication, addressing virtually all areas of theological scholarship, interpretation and research. Although the site does not make the full contents of journals available online to non-subscribers, it does provide a list of contents of journals from Volume 47, 1996 to the present, plus a free sample issue (registration is required). The site is well organised, accessible and a useful tool for those searching for recent scholarly articles on particular theological topics. Information on how to subscribe to the journal is made readily available on the site.
This is the homepage of the Manchester Centre for Public Theology (MCPT). Located in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester, the centre explores the contribution of theological understanding and practice to the well-being of the public in the contemporary era. It engages in research and knowledge transfer, and contributes to public debate and policy-making. The centre also offers supervision for a practice-based research degree, the Doctor of Practical Theology. This homepage provides information about: recent publications by staff members; the projects and research they commission; and the seminar series they host. Access is given to resources like the transcripts of lectures; papers; and the summary and full reports of projects. Some of the materials are presented in PDF, thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
This is currently one of the best internet resources in English on the great Andalusian mystic and philosopher Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240), also known as the Greatest of Spiritual Masters (Shaykh al-Akbar). The subjects covered include Ibn ‘Arabi’s works, theological and philosophical discussion of themes in his writings, later commentators, and the spread of his teachings. The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society was founded in 1977, and is based in Oxford, with a branch in the United States, and has organised numerous events and publications relating the Ibn ‘Arabi not only addressed to an academic audience, but also a wider group of Ibn ‘Arabi enthusiasts and admirers of his teachings. Information about related events and publications are found here, as well as free podcasts of lectures. Many of the contributors to the website are Ibn ‘Arabi scholars well known in the West, such as Michel Chodkiewicz, William Chittick, Claude Addas and James Morris. These authors and others have contributed original essays and articles for this website, but reproductions of articles from books and journals can also be found here in very readable format. Unfortunately, there are hardly any articles that provide information on his background and historical context, as well as the negative reaction his teachings provoked in some quarters of the Muslim world. Also, works by Ibn ‘Arabi and his commentators are found only in translation, and not in their original languages.
Project Wittenberg, created under the direction of Reverend Bob Smith of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, provides a gateway to Lutheran texts, texts by Luther, texts about Luther and works of other Lutherans. The end aim of the project is the production of an international electronic library of Lutheran texts. The site includes works by Reformation writers such as Luther, Melanchthon, Chemnitz and Eber as well as works by seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century authors. Documents on the site include Luther's Ninety-five Theses, Luther's Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession and the 1580 Book of Concord. The site also includes biographies and hymnals. All the documents provide full bibliographic details of the original source of the text. The home page of the site provides links to selected resources. To access documents via a chronological author list select the 'Project Wittenberg's Electronic Lutheran Web' link from the home page. Although the site can initially be a little confusing to navigate it does provide online access to a large number of primary sources.
The Quartz Hill School of Theology website provides online courses on a wide range of theologically related subjects. Classes are offered as shareware, meaning that students don't have to pay unless they choose to (though certain advantages, such as gaining academic credit for the courses studied, are only available to paying students). Courses include seminars devoted to the close reading of a single Old or New Testament book, but also broader surveys of apocalyptic literature and introductions to biblical textual criticism. An online library of useful texts hosted both on- and off-site is provided. The School also publishes the Quartz Hill Journal of Theology - also available online for free - a journal devoted to Christian readings of the Bible (the site as a whole is unashamedly Christian in approach: its aim is stated as being 'to train believers for more effective ministry'). There is much here that may be of use to anyone interested in (or perhaps starting to teach) biblical studies, or Christian theology more generally.
Published by the Society of Online Christian Theology and Philosophy (SOCTP) and edited by Scott David Foutz (North Park University), 'Quodlibet' is an electronic journal dedicated to the scholarly examination of both historical and modern Christian theology, covering a host of topics under this banner. In theory, the journal appears quarterly, but a glance at the archives reveals that at various times it has more or less frequent than this. Articles within this publication are selected and peer reviewed by the editorial board. All papers published since the journal was founded in 1999 are available through the online archives, which can be sorted by date, author, or title.
'Reflections: A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry' is published twice a year by Yale Divinity School. It is edited by Ray Waddle and each issue is dedicated to a particular theme. Those explored to date include: Faith and Citizenship; The Bible in the 21st Century; Foreign Policy and God; Violence and Theology; The Future of the Prophetic Voice ; and Immigration. This website allows visitors to view the table of contents of all issues published since 2004. It contains the lead article from the latest issue as well as messages from the editor and the Dean of Yale Divinity School, Professor Harold Attridge. Some of the contents from recent issues are also available on the site. These include articles; the PDFs of sessions and lessons; and audio/video recordings and podcasts. A search engine is available.
Shane Rosenthal’s Reformation Ink is a website devoted to collecting and distributing primary resource material from Renaissance, Enlightenment, and contemporary Christian authors. Texts are divided into classical and contemporary theological works, organised by author and searchable by subject. Multiple works are available from a number of important Reformation thinkers including Luther, Calvin, Warfield, and Erskine, to name but a few. The contemporary articles (a mixture of material hosted on-site and elsewhere on the Web) are predominantly popular or homiletic rather than academic in tone, but may still be of value to those seeking an insight into present day Reformed theology. One quirk of the site is that rather than displaying the current edition of each Web page, the site links to an older copy held by the Internet Archive. While this results in fewer broken links, it does sometimes mean that the material is not the most up-to-date version available.
Religion and Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal focusing on contemporary religious discourse. Until 1997, the journal was published by the University of South Africa, and three volumes (numbers 2, 3, and 4) of the journal are available online via the university's website. The site offers tables of contents, plus free access to the full text of selected articles. A significant portion of the journal's content focuses on Christianity and biblical studies, though it is by no means limited to this: there are also articles covering topics such as the nature of religion and faith in general, inter-faith issues, and religion in Africa. Since 1998, this journal has been published by Brill, who provide a subscription-only complete online version.
Developed by William Fore (United Theological College, Bangalore, India) in order to make religious resources more available to students in developing countries, the vast Religion-online.org now stands as one of the larger collections of Christian primary texts available anywhere on the web. At present the site holds in excess of 6,000 documents, with material organised under a series of topical headings and then broken down into specific issues, thinkers or themes, all of which are readily accessed by clicking on a sub-category or using the index. The site is especially strong in documents written by and concerning 19th and 20th century theologians; contemporary moral and ethical issues; modern practical theology and theological movements; and contemporary mainstream Christian denominations. If anything, the greatest hindrance to using this site is also its chief advantage - the size and breadth of resources. It is sometimes difficult to locate specific texts so users searching for a well-defined topic are strongly advised to make use of the in-built search facility or the Author Index. However, despite its size - or perhaps because of it - this page remains a vital resource for anyone trying to find texts on contemporary Christian issues and thought.
The Bibliographies on the Net page of Saundra Lipton's Religious Studies Web Guide offers a partially annotated list of links to several hundred online bibliographies relevant to the academic study of religion. The links are categorised according to religious tradition or topic: there are sections for all major world faiths, and for biblical studies and women and religion. The list also includes a section for general religious studies bibliographies, and one for more eclectic topics that aren't easily categorised, including alchemical books, new religious movements, and religious scepticism. It is almost inevitable that a list of this length will include some broken links, but the volume of material covered means this is only a minor inconvenience. A valuable resource for students and researchers alike.
REVER is a scholarly periodical in the discipline of religious studies published by the Pontifica Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil, that aims to introduce comtemporary scholarlship in the field of theology. The periodical first came out in 2001 as a quarterly, and each of its issues is available in a full-text, pdf or html format, precceded by an abstract.Each issue carries a thematic core: issue 1. in 2006 focused on sexuality and religion,while issue 1, 2008 provided a comparison between Brazil and Japan. This periodical is of particular importance to students of theology and religious studies, as well as cultural and intellectual historians.
The Scholarly Societies gateway is hosted by the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Religious Studies page offers a number of links to academic organisations likely to be of interest to those working in this field. Some links have brief annotations, and all are given a rating indicating the stability of the link in question. This collection of links covers a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from societies for early oriental research to the Peace Studies Association, but is not very extensive. However, most of the links are of good quality.
This is the website of the Society for the Study of Theology (SST), which is dedicated to encouraging scholarly engagement with pressing contemporary theological issues, themes, and questions. It holds an annual conference focusing on a particular theme, with past themes including 'Theology and the Arts', 'Trinitarian Theology', 'Celebration and Accountability: Theology in the World', and 'Theology and the Religions'. In addition, information pertaining to membership and upcoming conferences (including calls for papers) is also available, and there is a brief history of the society. The site is organised and accessible.
The website of the Ryan Memorial Library at St Charles Borromeo Seminary provides information on the library of the official seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The library holds over 134,000 volumes, and is rich in resources in theology and religious studies, with particular strengths in the areas of: philosophy; patristics; systematic and moral theology; and scripture. The catalogue can be searched online. The library also houses a number of special collections, including rare books; Catholic devotional literature; liturgical books; catechisms; holy cards; and almost 1500 video recordings. The online listing of the last may be a useful resource for those wishing to discover what audiovisual resources are available in this area.
Studies in Religion, published quarterly by Wilfrid Laurier University for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, is a scholarly journal covering virtually all areas of theological and religious scholarship. The journal's website makes available the full text of the articles from a selection of issues (although unfortunately at time of review there were some broken internal links), and abstracts from earlier editions, going back to 1995. The journal publishes articles in both English and French, and balances thematic issues with more general ones. Information for potential contributors as well as those wishing to subscribe to the journal is readily available. The site is well presented and accessible.
Theologica is a lively discussion and blogging site, focused on Christian theology. The most active part of the site is the forum, which features threads on a range of topics, including conversations about points of doctrine and church practice. Users who locate themselves within the historic Christian tradition are also invited to create blogs, for longer, more reflective pieces. Thirdly, the groups section allows individuals with an interest in a particular topic to congregate for discussion. This is not primarily an academic site, but it does offer an interesting range of perspectives on a wide variety of theological topics.
The Theology Blogs Web page is best described as a meta-blog: a blog which exists to bring together information about other blogs, in this case those that focus on or relate to systematic theology. Systematic theology is interpreted broadly, and is taken to include dogmatics, ethics, hermeneutics, patristics, and philosophy of religion. Finnish theologian Patrik Hagman provides links to and brief descriptions of a substantial collection of weblogs from around the world. A Blog of the Month feature provides more in-depth reviews of a selection of these. Hagman also invites suggestions of other blogs that should be listed on the site. A useful resource for anyone wishing to explore the theological side of the blogosphere.
Hosted by the Louis J. Blume Library at St. Mary's University, Theology Resources formerly 'Full-text theology journals online' is an extensive online listing of electronic journals for students of theology and/or religious studies. This directory of journals was originally built for the St. Mary's academic community, so some publications are available only through the university's own computer system; however, this accounts for only a small proportion of the texts on offer and the excellence of the collection makes it a worthwhile list for all. A system of symbols is used to indicate which journals are restricted to home users, which offer free access, and which require a subscription fee. Users should note that electronic versions of back issues are often only available for the last few years (broadly speaking, since the Internet has been in widespread use), though you may be able to find indices to earlier editions through the journal's home page. Unfortunately, this site does not appear to be regularly updated, and as a result there are some broken links, but there is still a substantial amount of useful information here for those working in this field.
Theology Today is a scholarly journal based at Princeton Theological Seminary and published by Sage. The journal's home page offers contents lists and abstracts. Access to full text is available to subscribers. The journal contains articles by many world-class scholars, addressing a wide range of both classical and contemporary issues in Christian theology. This is a valuable resource for both professional theologians and serious students at all levels. A search function is provided, allowing visitors to search by keyword, title, category, author and/or year. For those wishing to obtain hard copies of the journals, there is subscription information and information on ordering back issues.
Theopedia is a website using wiki technology to create an encyclopaedia of Christianity and biblical theology. As is usual with wikis, registered users are encouraged to add or edit articles. Founded in 2004, the site has a substantial number of active participants and is growing steadily. Theopedia locates itself within the Reformed theology tradition: an explanation of this position is provided, along with a statement of faith, a writing guide, and help pages for potential contributors. In addition to written articles, the site also provides links to a substantial collection of multimedia resources (some of which may require plug-ins). The site is fully searchable, with a useful list of key topics on the front page and numerous hyperlinks between articles to aid navigation.
This is the homepage of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. This website provides the following: a Religion and Culture web forum (as well as a Web forum archive); information on news, events, academic programs on offer and job vacancies; and student resources. Visitors can also access the full-text of Criterion (the Center's semi-annual alumni magazine) and Circa (the dean's semiannual newsletter for alumni and friends of the university). These are available in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from the site. The school is headed by Richard A. Rosengarten, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature.
The Virtual Religion Index (VRI) is an extensive catalogue of online religion resources. It provides an ideal starting point for both researchers and students of religious studies. The site is topic-led with topics including: archaeology and religious art; ancient near eastern studies; comparative religion; all the major world religions; and the philosophy and psychology of religion. Each link within the catalogue has a short annotation and links are according to topic on a single page. Users may join the site's email list if they wish to be kept up-to-date with new additions and alterations.
Internet for Religious Studies is a free "teach yourself" tutorial on the Web, covering Internet information skills for religious studies and theology. The tutorial is aimed at students, lecturers, and researchers who want to improve their knowledge of the best Internet resources for this subject area. Internet for Religious Studies is one of a set of tutorials within Intute's Virtual Training Suite. Each course consists of: a tour of some key sites; techniques for discovering additional Web resources; guidelines for critically evaluating such resources; and a selection of illustrative stories showing different ways that the Internet may be used for academic purposes. The tutorials may also be used to support teaching and training courses; a page for teachers offers suggestions for using the material in a class setting. Each tutorial is written by subject specialists. Intute's Virtual Training Suite receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion is a selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion and theology. Included on the site are links to: syllabi; electronic texts and journals; bibliographies; listserv discussion groups; liturgies; reference resources; software; and much more. The guide aims to encourage and facilitate the use of electronic resources in teaching. For this reason, the site also includes links to materials on political and social issues - such as abortion, capital punishment and September 11 - which bear on religious questions.
The Online Discussion Groups Web page, part of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion's extensive Internet guide, offers details of a substantial number of mailing lists and online discussion forums of interest to those studying or researching religion and theology. Annotated links are provided both to sites giving further lists of discussion groups, and to the home pages of individual listservs. Topics covered include women and religion, medieval theology, and a number of specific religious traditions or denominations. A sister page gives details of Bible-related listservs. Not all the groups listed on this site are primarily aimed at the scholarly community, but there is much here to interest academic theologians at all levels.
The Web page of the Wesleyan Theological Journal provides online access to the annual bulletin of the Wesleyan Theological Society, which is dedicated to evangelical scholarship. Although the most recent few issues of the journal are only available to subscribers (details are provided of how to order copies), this site makes all other articles published in the journal since its inception in 1966 freely available. Title and author indexes are provided. The journal is a resource of considerable value for those interested in Wesleyan theology and related issues. This resource is hosted by the Wesley Center for Applied Theology at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, US.