This interesting resource forms part of the Jacques Maritain Center website of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. They provide a collection of texts written by the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) and others on various subjects, but particularly on Thomism and St. Thomas Aquinas. The works by Maritain at the site include: "St. Thomas Aquinas"; "Reflections on America"; "Art and Scholasticism"; "The Frontiers of Poetry"; "The Responsibility of the Artist"; "Moral Philosophy"; and "The Range of Reason". A section of the site headed 'The Thomistic Revival' includes texts from a number of different authors writing about scholasticism and the renewal of interest in medieval philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A list of links to external websites dealing with issues of Catholic theology and philosophy concludes the contents of the site. The texts themselves are presented as plain HTML, and are divided by chapter.
The BBC Religion and Ethics website provides an informative introduction to all major religions of the world as well as to some of the most vexing contemporary ethical quandaries facing society. The site also offers links to the most recent relevant BBC news stories from around the world. The list of religions addressed by the website includes: Christianity; Bahá'í; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Hinduism; Paganism; and atheism. Ethical issues discussed include: the ethics of war; euthanasia; human cloning; and genetic engineering. The site is well presented, accessible, and tries to assume a neutral, encyclopaedic tone when discussing various religions and issues. For those wishing to express their own view, however, the site features several message boards grouped under rubrics corresponding to the major religions and/or to specific issues.
This online resource by the BBC contains short articles on the topic of euthanasia. The articles are displayed under the following headings: Basics; Types of Euthanasia; Death; The Arguments Against; The Arguments For; Legislation; and Religions. The first three explores issues such as the moral questions raised by euthanasia; the doctrine of double effect; living wills; and the differences between active, passive, voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia. The following two sections look at the different arguments that have frequently been forwarded by those in favour of euthanasia and those opposing it. The next heading reports on the Director of Public Prosecution's guidance on assisted suicide; the progress of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill (also known as the Joffe Bill) and the situation in a number of other countries. The last section looks at how Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism deal with the subject. The information available on this website provides a useful overview of the issues surrounding this controversial topic.
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) is an organisation for the promotion of socially engaged Buddhism, including peace and human rights campaigning and environmental work. The site offers full details of the Fellowship's aims and activities, but academic users are likely to find the resource centre and the Think Sangha pages of most use. The former offers a bibliography of works on socially engaged Buddhism, and a series of essays and reflections. Think Sangha is a think tank affiliated to the BPF, offering papers and programme reports on a range of issues related to social action, justice, and Buddhism. This is a helpful resource for those interested in exploring this aspect of the Buddhist tradition.
This is the online version of 'Can Charitable Choice Work? Covering Religion's Impact on Urban Affairs and Social Services'. The book was edited by Andrew Walsh, and published in 2001 by the Pew Program on Religion and News Media and the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The following are the 8 chapter headings: Still-Gathering After All These Years: Congregations in US Cities; Religion and Regional Culture in Modern America; After the Urban Exodus: Jews, Protestants and the Erosion of Catholic Exceptionalism 1950-2000; Latino Catholics and American Public Life; Historical Perspectives on Religion, Government and Social Welfare in America; Religion Congregations and Welfare Reform: Assessing the Potential; Black Churches and Civic Traditions: Outreach, Activism and the Politics of of Public Funding of Faith-Based Ministries; and Charitable Choice: The Law As It Is and May Be. In the Appendix can be found a collection of articles by staff of the Greenberg Center.
This website contains a useful compilation of works published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) which relate to religion and spirituality. The collection dates from December 1999 and areas looked at include bioethics from the Islamic, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and Sikh perspectives. Other issues discussed include: Jehovah's Witnesses and artificial blood; mental illness and religion; the Hajj in modern times; brain death; and consent. The full-text of all materials in the collection can be accessed from this website without charge. Those interested in the intersection between medicine and religion would find this resource useful.
The Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) based at Wheaton College is an evangelical research centre dedicated to encouraging the consideration of contemporary practical ethics from the standpoint of traditional Christian values. The centre bases its research around an annual theme and sponsors related projects, publications, and conferences. Past themes have included, for example: community and freedom; lying and censorship; and ethical challenges of globalization. Information on centre activity and past conferences is available online. A resource page includes online articles in PDF, and a links page provides access to related sites of interest. An ejournal is available by free subscription.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, established in 2000, is dedicated to supporting research that explores themes at the intersection of law, religion, and society. CSLR sponsors research, publications, colloquia, and conferences. The Center's website provides information on current projects, upcoming events, and a list of publications by the Center fellows. Past projects include Sex, Marriage, and Family and the Religions of the Book and The Child in Law, Religion, and Society.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen. The centre was set up to explore the relationship between spirituality, health and healing; and to study the theology of disability. This website provides information about the academic programmes on offer and the research projects undertaken by staff members. There are details of recent centre publications and links to relevant websites. The site also makes available resources like papers; essays; bibliographies of print-based materials; audio-recordings of interviews and presentations; reports; booklets; and book reviews. The centre is directed by Professor John Swinton. The resource would be helpful to those interested in the role of spirituality in healthcare practices and the lives and care of disabled patients.
This is the home page of the journal Christian Ethics Today, published six times a year by the Christian Ethics Today Foundation based at Baylor University. The journal is intended specifically for laypersons, educators, and ministers who wish to engage with contemporary ethical issues facing the church specifically and society more broadly. The full contents and articles of all past issues of the journal, beginning with its inception in April 1995, are made freely available online. The archive of past issues is searchable by keyword, author, or topic. The site is easily navigable and accessible.
This is the homepage of the Institute on Care at the End of Life (ICEOL) at Duke University. The institute was established in 2000 to improve the care of patients who are dying by advancing and applying knowledge about caring for those at the end of life with particular attention paid to spiritual support and care. This website contains several resources that would be of interest to students of medical ethics in general and those researching on end of life issues in particular. These include access to the institute's newsletters; e-books; commentaries (presented in PDF); annual reports; annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations; and information about news, events and the institute's programmes. A search engine is available. The centre is directed by Dr Richard Payne.
This website is dedicated to the Lithuanian-born Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas (1906-1995). Famous for the assertion that ethics should replace ontology as 'first philosophy', Lévinas' works have been influential for a generation of French philosophers including Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. This gateway to Lévinas-related resources on the web has been compiled by a Japanese enthusiast, Gen Nakayama, and contains some useful information, including: a bibliography of Lévinas' writings and links to sites grouped under such subject headings as: Judaism; Anti-Semitism and Racism; and the Holocaust. Users should note, however, that at the time this record was reviewed, the site does not seem to have been updated since 1998 and a number of the links are no longer in operation.
The Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) was established in 1976 with the aim of strengthening the bond between Judaeo-Christianity and American politics. It is particularly concerned with researching issues relating to moral values, ethics and US political policy. Its website provides access to information on the aims of the center, its on-going research and events. It includes press releases and access to some of its full-text papers. Topics covered include: the role of religion in American political life, biotechnology policy and ethics, moral values in domestic and foreign policy, science technology and society and Islam and American democracy.
The website of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) provides information about the Center's mission to elucidate the relationship between the Judeo-Christian ethic and contemporary domestic and foreign policy issues in America. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center was established in 1976. Its principal efforts include: working to examine how religiously-based principles inform political decisions, analysing the ethical and political stance of various organised religions, and seeking to broaden political debate across differing ideologies. The site contains information on upcoming events of the EPPC, as well as various EPPC programmes, including: Evangelicals in Civic Life; Islam and American Democracy; and Biotechnology and American Democracy. The site is well presented and highly accessible.
First Things is a journal dedicated to the study of all aspects of religion and public life in contemporary society. The First Things website provides free online access to the contents of all past issues from March 1990 until the two most recent issues (a subscription is necessary to view these). The journal is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and edited chiefly by the Christian theologian, Richard John Neuhaus, along with a large editorial board. Common issues dealt with include: Just War theory; Islam and the west; assisted suicide and euthanasia; religion and human rights; church-state jurisprudence; and so on. The site also features a blog called 'On the Square', which offers articles responding to issues in the news. The journal is a resource of tremendous value to all audiences, whether scholarly or general, interested in the role of religion in contemporary society. The site is well presented, organised and highly accessible.
This is the home page of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Directed jointly by Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, the forum is an interreligious, interdisciplinary and multicultural project on the environment. This website contains information about the project itself and details about publications, news and events on religion and ecology. It includes materials that explore the interaction between humans and the environment from the perspective of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, indigenous traditions, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Shinto. It also includes discussions of science, ethics, public policy, gender, and economics. And in line with its aim to establish religion and ecology as an academic discipline, resources like course syllabi and speakers list are also provided. Visitors can further access without charge resources like essays; the forum newsletter; official statements on religion and ecology; and links to the home pages of relevant journals, magazines and organisations.
This resource focuses on the golden rule that we are to treat others as we would want to be treated. It is maintained by Harry J. Gensler who teaches Philosophy at John Carroll University, Cleveland. The site provides a short essay and guides to longer studies on the principle. There is also a section which informs visitors of how Gensler first took an interest in the golden rule, and the books he has written on the subject. Web exercises, based on the themes explored in a number of these books, are accessible from here. The site further indicates where the rule appears in the New Testament, and links are given to other online resources.
The Institut d'études lévinassiennes, based in both Paris and Jerusalem, is a research centre dedicated to discussion and analysis of the Lithuanian-born Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas (1905-1995). Famous for the assertion that ethics should replace ontology as 'first philosophy,' Lévinas's works have been influential for a generation of French philosophers including Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. The Institut d'études lévinassiennes is an excellent source of information for the Lévinas scholar, containing extensive biographical and bibliographical details as well as access to some useful online articles and information on the activities of the Institute itself (its courses, seminars, and an online forum). All information is provided in French and is available free of charge. Highly recommended.
The Institute for Theology and Peace is a research institute established by the Catholic Military Chaplaincy dedicated to developing a theologically based peace ethic, and to addressing questions of peace from a theological-ethical point of view. The site provides an impressive and extensive online theological and ethical bibliography containing more than 100,000 titles indexed according to subject. The Institute has several projects in progress. These include: Reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina; The role of the church in processes of transformation from war to peace; and Controlling arms transfers as a problem of political ethics. The site is well presented and accessible.
'Inter-Islam' is a website that conveys the message of Islam and its doctrines through bringing to the readers information from Hadith, Qur'an, biography of the prophet and its disciples, and the Islamic view about controversial moral issues. There is information about: the Hajj, fasting, praying, and alms giving, in addition to views on alcohol; gambling; music; TV; suicide; drugs; smoking; and many other issues. Also included are recitations of some suuras of the Qur'an and some religious preaching. The site is presented in several languages and interested users can download articles, books, and audio recordings for free. However, when downloading audio recordings, disconnection from the site may be encountered.
'Islamic Medicine' is an online book edited by Dr Shahid Athar, a clinical associate professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Indiana University School of Medicine. It features a compilation of articles previously published in the Journal of Islamic Medical Association as well as a few of Dr Shahid's own work. Articles include: historical notes; Islamic philosophy of medicine; Islamic view of the well-being of man; the Quran and the psyche; Islamic perspective on medical ethics; and the role of the Muslim doctor.
James Alison: Theology is a substantial online collection of articles, talks, and book excerpts by the contemporary British Catholic theologian James Alison. Much of Alison's work centres on the areas of scripture, faith, and sexuality, and many of the articles on this site deal with gay issues, and in particular Alison's response to the Catholic Church's attitude to homosexuality. Other topics covered include Alison's theological application of René Girard's anthropological theory of mimetic desire and violence. The site is not maintained by Alison himself, but everything here appears with his permission. As well as texts in English, articles in a variety of European languages are offered. An interesting and thought-provoking resource, particularly (though by no means exclusively) for those engaged in the study of theology and sexuality.
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 Journal of Buddhist Ethics (JBE) is a wholly-online, peer-reviewed journal (ISSN: 1076-9005). It is divided into annual volumes which run back to 1994. Areas dealt with include: Vinaya and jurisprudence; medical ethics; philosophical ethics; human rights; ethics and psychology; ecology and the environment; social and political philosophy; cross-cultural ethics; ethics and anthropology; and interfaith dialogue on ethics. The journal also carries a substantial number of book reviews. The website presents full information about submitting to the journal, plus details of the editorial board, policy, and coverage. The Journal of Buddhist Ethics is also a gateway to online resources for the study of Buddhism in general. There is an extensive (though unannotated) list of websites, and the scholarly resources section includes links to bibliographies and other reference materials. The site further acts as the primary distributor of a public domain version of the Pali Canon in electronic form (in association with the Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project). Additional fonts may be required in order to display the texts in Pali. The site also includes a search engine.
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.
This is the home page of the Journal of Religious Ethics, which is dedicated to fostering scholarly ethical reflection in the context of various religious traditions. Articles published fall within three main categories: comparative religious ethics; foundational conceptual and methodological issues pertaining to religious ethics; and studies of key figures and/or texts in the history of religious ethics. The journal seeks to fill a particular niche that stands firmly between purely philosophical ethical reflection, and social ethical reflection centred around a particular tradition. The site features tables of contents and abstracts for issues from 1999 until the present, plus a sample issue. Subscription and submission information is provided.
This is the homepage of the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University, USA. The center was established in January 1984 to promote teaching, research and service in areas connected to Christian bioethics. This website contains general information about the academic programs that it offers. Visitors can also access the center's newsletter (available in PDF); reports and guidelines on bioethical issues; conference statements; transcripts of lectures; opinion statements; powerpoint slides; and news on bioethics events. The site provides a search engine and a small number of links to relevant websites. The center is directed by Dr Mark Carr.
The Organization for Islamic Learning aims to promote learning based on the Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad so as to enhance religious and civic participation as well as interfaith dialogue. This website makes available a number of interesting resources to help further these objectives. It contains a section which gives introductory information on Islam; and another which offers guidelines on health care and the ethics of human cloning. Also included are: articles; audio lectures; a list of recommended readings; reviews of topical issues; and links to relevant websites. A useful resource for students of Islam and medical ethics.
The Paideia Project On-Line is dedicated to the Proceedings of 20th World Congress of Philosophy at Boston University, held between 10 and 15 August 1998. The most substantial aspect of the site is the Paideia Archive, which makes available almost a thousand papers presented at the conference. The archive arranges papers by subject matter in an orderly and user-friendly manner, and the coverage is fairly comprehensive. Beyond the traditional philosophical categories, there are sections on the philosophy of sport, education, children, gender, and literature, plus regional entries focusing on African, Asian, American, and Latin American philosophy. The papers themselves are in printer-friendly HTML format and, with a few exceptions, are in English. They are written by professional philosophers and graduate students who attended the Congress. There is a sophisticated search function for finding particular topics in the archive. This resource will be of primary use to research students and faculty members, especially those investigating the less conventional or widespread areas of philosophy.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, based in Washington D.C., is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of how religion shapes the ideas and institutions of American society. The Forum's website provides an introduction to a number of pressing issues related to religion and public life. Such issues include: bioethics; the death penalty; Just War tradition; religion and human rights; religion in politics; and several others. The site also provides recent news related to religion and public life, information on upcoming events, a list of Forum publications and how to order them, and links to related resources across the Web. The Forum initiates new survey work, encourages and publishes new scholarship, and facilitates scholarly discussion concerning various issues, and many of the fruits of this work are made available through the site. This is a well presented and accessible resource, which is likely to be of use both to those looking at religion in the US, and to those with an interest in the ethical and political issues covered.
Edited by Dr Richard T. Nolan, the Philosophy and Religion website includes a diverse collection of materials, some written by Nolan himself, and some by other authors. There are: articles relating to issues in philosophy (particularly philosophy of religion), theology, biblical thought, and ethics; two complete books ('The Diaconate Now' and 'Living Issues in Ethics'); the scholarly papers of contemporary philosophers of religion Edmond La B. Cherbonnier and Frank G. Kirkpatrick; a section dealing with Christology within a Semitic context; brief items for the novice in philosophical, theological and religious studies; reflective homilies; Constructive Criticisms and Commentary on the Institutional Church; and information about the Anglican liturgy and beliefs.
Philosophy of Religion .Info is a collection of introductory articles on key topics in philosophy of religion and Christian ethics. The site covers the major arguments for and against the existence of God (plus arguments for agnosticism), and also offers brief biographies of central historical and modern figures in the field. Ethical topics covered include natural law, divine command theory, relativism, and just war theory. The author takes a balanced approach, giving the arguments on both sides of most major questions, rather than coming down in favour of any specific position. The site is easily navigable, and is a useful resource for anyone embarking on the study of philosophy of religion.
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.
Sponsored by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT), Religious Tolerance.org is a fascinating site not only for its extensive content on modern contemporary religious issues, but because of its mandate to promote religious understanding and knowledge across all different faiths, which seems to have caused it much electronic persecution. The site offers a variety of resources, including a large number of descriptive factual articles on contemporary social debates and religious movements. While seeking to avoid promoting any single belief system over another, the site contains a number of articles addressing modern ethical issues and religious responses on topics such as abortion and homosexuality. Religious Tolerance.org is most suited to undergraduate students requiring background information on a particular religious query or modern development, though it will be of benefit to anyone seeking introductory information on religious expressions. In general, material is presented in the form of essays on specific questions, or short summaries of religious systems. The site itself can be somewhat difficult to navigate because of the sheer number of articles it holds, so be prepared to spend some time looking around. All users are strongly advised to read the OCRT’s statement of intention along with their “unhidden agenda” through the first visit link. This further explains their mandate, and clarifies some of the site’s organisational structure. Furthermore, at the bottom of this page, you will also find a link to a search utility that will make navigating these pages much easier.
The Society, Religion and Technology Project is a unit within the Church of Scotland which aims to promote analysis of the relationship between science, technology, religion and ethics, to encourage discussion between professionals in the various fields involved and the general public, and to disseminate its own views on the subject. This site contains the texts of many of the Project’s reports and press releases on such matters of public concern as genetic modification, nuclear energy, cloning and stem-cell research, and information relating to the Project’s 1999 publication "Engineering Genesis", produced in consultation with a group of social scientists, geneticists and ethicists. Also provided are links to other sites concerning the relationship of Christianity with both science and the environment.
SpeakOut.com is an American 'activism center' focused on a number of moral and religious issues that have entered the public arena through legislation, judicial proceedings and public sentiment. The site does not endorse or espouse one particular stance regarding any religious or moral issue. Rather, it aims to disseminate information and facilitate open discussion and informed political activity. The site attempts to present a range of views on issues such as abortion, the death penalty, religion and morality, animal rights, and gay rights. Including links to news resources, government documents, and the websites of relevant organizations, SpeakOut.com is a user-friendly and balanced political forum. However, while there is much food for thought here, users should note that this site does not appear to be updated particularly frequently, and hence the information included about various issues may not always be as current as one could wish: for example, news stories may well be out of date, and not all links to external sites are functioning. Users should also be aware that as this is an American site, the focus is firmly on these issues as they pertain to the USA: the legislation and sample cases referred to are almost exclusively American.
Theology of the Body.net is a collection of online resources about John Paul II's theology of the body, described as 'an integrated vision of the human person, body, soul and spirit'. It aims to provide insight into Catholic teaching on matters such as marriage and celibacy, sex and sexuality, contraception, and the nature of love. There is a collection of articles on these and related subjects, along with links to the relevant sections of the catechism, the pronouncements of the Pontifical Council of the Family, and papal writings. Information is provided about the work of TOBIA, the Theology of the Body International Alliance. Other resources include a list of recommended books and CDs, details of relevant events and study groups, a discussion forum, and an annotated links list. While the tone and approach of this resource is broadly speaking popular rather than scholarly, it nevertheless provides a thought-provoking set of perspectives on some important issues.
The Religion and Peacemaking Web page provides details of an initiative set up by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in July 2000. The programme endeavours to support religious organisations engaged in international dispute resolution, and to highlight the role that such organisations can and do play in peacemaking efforts around the world. The website contains information about the initiative's public workshops, field projects and publications. The full version of a number of these publications can be downloaded from here. It also provides a categorised list of links to resources dealing with peacemaking activities, and a list of FAQs.
John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) was one of the most prominent 20th century Christian ethicists, probably best known for his adamant defence of pacifism. He was a Mennonite theologian, and for many years Professor of Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. This Web page offers the full text of many unpublished, hard-to-find, and out-of-print manuscripts of Yoder. It is an extremely useful resource for those interested in Christian approaches to social ethics broadly speaking, and of course in the writings of Yoder specifically. The texts available on the site are organised topically; subjects include, for example: church and state; the Just War tradition; the Bible; and moral theology method. The text of a New York Times obituary of Yoder is also provided.
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.
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.
This is the home page of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was established in January 2002 to advance discussion of matters connected to ethics, values and public life; and to promote non-partisan, non-sectarian civic participation. This website informs viewers of the various programs on offer such as the Capps Forum on Ethics; internships; fellowships; courses; lectures; conferences; and special projects. Also provided are: a calendar of events; annotated links to relevant websites; and a number of videos that can be viewed from the site.
The Woodstock Theological Center, founded by the Jesuit community in 1974, is a non-profit Catholic institute based at Georgetown University. It is dedicated to theological engagement with ethical issues in social, economic, cultural, scientific, political and religious spheres. The Center promotes research, holds conferences and publishes books and articles. The principal scholarly outlet of the Center is 'The Woodstock Report,' a quarterly publication freely available online. The site contains a list of publications produced by the Fellows of the Center, information on past and present projects of the Center, and links to other resources of relevance. The site is well presented and accessible.
World Faiths Development Dialogue was launched in 1998 to promote discussions on material poverty and human development among the adherents of different religions, and between them and organisations working on development issues. This home page displays information on the workshops they hosted and a selection of articles, talks and recent publications on faith and development. It also holds an interesting collection of case studies from around the world that illustrate how religion and spirituality can lead to different ways of perceiving, and working towards, development. In addition to these, there are annotated links to the websites of international interfaith institutions and faith-based development organisations.
Founded in January 1988, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (formerly known as the Chicago Center for Religion and Science) serves as a forum in which scientists, theologians and other scholars could engage in research and discussion on the relationship between religious traditions and scientific knowledge. Available on this home page are: the Center's newsletter, a small selection of articles, and details about the lecture series it organises. It also provides useful links to relevant sites. The Center's director is Dr Gayle Woloschak of North Western University's School of Medicine.