Edited and directed by Pastor Carl Johnson, BELIEVE is an online encyclopaedia on the tenets, doctrines and scriptures of Christianity. Entries typically begin with a brief summary definition and then a move to a more comprehensive exposition or analysis on their subject. There are over 3,000 hand-selected articles addressing some 1,300 different topics, the majority of which were composed by professional scholars, a fact which should provide some confidence about the accuracy and completeness of each entry. Unfortunately, readers are often not told when each entry was written and some are anonymous, which makes it difficult to determine how current some pieces are, although it is plain that a substantial number are extracts from older theological works. BELIEVE's editor suggests a pastoral or missionary audience for this resource, but many entries also lend themselves towards undergraduate or other didactic applications. Though the site occasionally seems to betray a Protestant bias - and certainly possesses a Christian one - for the most part the quality, detail and non-partisan style of the articles make this resource a useful reference tool, whether the user simply requires a definition, or a more thorough exposition on a specific subject. Foreign language translations of BELIEVE into a number of other languages are also available.
The Ism Book website, written by Peter Saint-Andre, provides a set of brief definitions of various movements, concepts, and ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, the arts, and science (with emphasis on the first three of these areas). The home page has a featured "ism" or word, with its accompanying definition, and the complete list of defined words can be accessed through the "surf the site" section. The definitions are clear and concise, and generally well-informed. Many definitions contain hyperlinks to other related terms on the site. The resource is maintained by one person and is therefore far from exhaustive. It is clearly intended as a guide to these concepts for the relatively uninitiated, and is likely to be most useful as a quick reference guide for those studying AS/A level philosophy and RS, or for those embarking on undergraduate courses.
RS-Web (Religious Studies on the Web) is designed and written by Robert Bowie, a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. It contains a number of interesting resources like annotated links to relevant websites; bibliographies; discussion topics; ethical quotes; glossaries; and links to online Bibles and commentaries. These are organised into the following topics: Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Education; Biblical Studies; and Theology. There are also Study Support resources like essay writing and examination tips. Although primarily targeted at A-Level students, this resource is suitable for undergraduate use. It would also be of interest to anyone seaching for introductory materials on Christianity and Ethics.
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).