The BBC Religions website provides a good basic introduction to the world's major belief systems. Among those covered on the site are: atheism; Bahá'i; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Mormonism; Paganism; and Sikhism. For each belief system, there are brief articles about beliefs, history, and customs, and also a selection of features about notable aspects of the religion, or topical issues connected with it. Each section contains a short list of relevant links. There are also message boards to facilitate discussion: these include both forums devoted to specific faiths, and more general ones. Inevitably, a site with as wide a brief as this cannot provide an in-depth analysis of the finer points of religious belief, but as an introductory overview, it succeeds very well. The site is easy to navigate, and is attractively presented with plenty of illustrations. A valuable resource for anyone embarking on the study of religions.
This website is an archive of audio interviews which are available online (using the RealPlayer media player). It forms part of the BBC Four television channel website. The clips cover a wide range of people, including major novelists, poets and playwrights. There are also interviews with influential churchmen, and a handful of philosophers artists, architects, broadcasters, cartoonists, composers, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, painters, philosophers, poets, playwrights, political activists, scientists and sculptors. The interviews are accompanied by brief biographical details about the interviewee and links to other sources of information. Most of the recordings last between one and five minutes, and discuss the life and theories of the interviewee or the influence of a particular artist. A selective list of some of the people interviewed on this site includes: Kingsley Amis; Margaret Atwood; W. H. Auden; Francis Bacon; John Betjeman; Enid Blyton; William Burroughs; Helen Chadwick; Agatha Christie; E. E. Cummings; Roald Dahl; Salvador Dalí; Michael Frayn; Robert Graves; Graham Greene; Howard Hodgkin; Doris Lessing; Vladimir Nabokov; Harold Pinter; Ezra Pound; Salman Rushdie; Siegfried Sassoon; George Bernard Shaw; Dylan Thomas; Andy Warhol; Evelyn Waugh; Virginia Woolf; and W. B. Yeats.
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.
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 AAR Syllabus Project is an online initiative developed by the American Academy of Religion, one of the largest associations of researchers and academics in religious studies. The project aims to make a wide variety of syllabi accessible to teachers of religion at all levels. The collection can be browsed by subject heading or searched, and icons are used to indicate those syllabi which feature films, music, or artwork. Many syllabi are made available as PDF files. In addition to providing inspiration, it is hoped that the project will encourage lecturers and teachers to explore different methodologies and course structures, and increase discussion of pedagogical techniques. Course-conveners are also encouraged to submit their own syllabi.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Center for Religion and Civic Culture was founded in 1986, and is associated with the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. The Center's website provides information about its activities and projects. Dedicated to studying the civic role of religion in Southern California and to collaborating with faith-based organisations, the Center engages in interdisciplinary research, focusing its efforts in three main areas. These are: religion and immigration; the interaction of religion and culture; and faith-based community development and organising. The Center publishes a newsletter periodically, many volumes of which are freely available online. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture is based within the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. It "promotes discipline-based, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary research related to the involvement of religion and religious institutions in civic culture" and its "research utilizes both social scientific and normative methods." The site includes access to a range of the Center's publications. Many of these are only available in PDF format and therefore require Adobe Acrobat Reader to access them.
This is the homepage of the Center on Religion and the Professions (CORP), an affiliate of Missouri University's School of Journalism. The center was set up to improve religious literacy among professionals so as to heighten their awareness of the role that religion plays in the lives of those they serve. In addition to the center's mission and vision, this website contains a brief overview of how religion affects over 40 professions; and information about news, events and the center's film series. It also provides: links to the homepages of relevant professional associations and faith groups; the submission policy of the center's journal; surveys and polls related to religion; and the center's newsletter. A search engine is available. The center is directed by Debra Mason.
CIBEDO: Christlich-islamische Begegnungs- und Dokumentationsstelle (Christian-Islamic Congress and Documentation Centre) is a website devoted to interfaith dialogue promoted by the German Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops. Founded in 1978, the group is based in Frankfurt am Main. The site features extensive information on: the group's executive committee and affiliated active members; publications; various interfaith initiatives, including pedagogical and teaching efforts; latest news (with archived entries running back to 2005, part of a larger general site archive); pamphlets and info-sheets; online full-text essays providing common themes for debate and discussion on the history of Islam and the position of Muslims in Germany; advisory tracts on different Christian views of Islam; symposia; book reviews; and relevant links. The group has a library with a searchable online catalogue of over 35,000 sources. There are instructions for access and directions for visitors wishing to consult these resources in person. An online media subsite gives a large number of audioclips from radio interviews conducted by the organisation's personnel. The site's navigation is clear and straightforward.
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.
The online version of the Concise Dictionary of Religion is a fast and simple to use reference tool for students and teachers of religious studies. Based on Irving Hexham's (Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary) book of the same name, first published in 1994, the dictionary is essentially an alphabetical index of brief entries for major religious thinkers, ideas, and axioms from an array of philosophical and belief systems. Unfortunately, however, it does not appear to be possible to search the site. Students new to the discipline of religious studies may wish to explore Dr Hexham's reading list, also offered via the site (although users should note that as this was last updated in 1998, the most recent works will not be included).
Criterion is a journal published biannually for the alumni and friends of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. It is edited by Terren Illana Wein. This website allows access to all issues published since 2002. These are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the site. The resource should be of interest to students of religion. Articles featured include: 'Religion and the dealth penalty'; 'Religion and violence in the American culture'; 'Teaching and vocation in theological education'; 'Buddhism and the religious culture of Laos'; 'Freedom of religion, the war on terrorism, and the courts'; and 'The study, practice, and construction of religion: the case of religious peacebuilding'. The journal was founded by Jerald Brauer in 1961.
This website provides guidance to undergraduates on how to write papers in religion. The work is prepared by Susan Darnell and Karen Gocsik of Dartmouth College, USA. Their ideas are presented using the following headings: The challenges and purposes of writing in religion; The argument paper; The historical essay; The comparative essay; Exegesis; Special topics; Tips for writing the religion paper; and Useful links. Where appropriate, hyperlinks are provided to materials appearing elsewhere on the Dartmouth Writing Program website, of which this page is part.
This Web page briefly outlines an AHRC/ESRC-funded project analysing the contribution faith-based organisations make to housing homeless people. In particular, the project is aiming to compare the moral frameworks religious organisations use with those of secular agencies, examine the impact of policy changes and study the “difference faith makes” to the service user.
The DIVINITY magazine is published three times a year for alumni and friends of the Divinity School at Duke University. This website allows visitors to access the online edition of the latest issue of the magazine as well as all back issues published since 2002. The earlier issues are presented in PDF hence requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader. Although the materials are clearly geared towards the interests of the magazine's target audience, students on Religious Studies programmes elsewhere may find the discussions therein informative and useful. The page forms part of the Duke Divinity School homepage.
This is the homepage of a three-year research project funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme. 'Does Religious Education Work?: An Analysis of the Aims, Practices and Models of Effectiveness in Religious Education Across the UK' aims to study the effects of Religious Education in secondary schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The project is led by Professor Jim Conroy of the Centre for Studies in Faith, Culture and Education at the University of Glasgow; and will take place between January 2008 to December 2010. This website contains information about the research team; the project's summary, proposal, research questions, and timetable; and press releases.
This is the homepage of the Divinity School which was established in 1926 at Duke University, USA. Visitors may obtain from here information about: the academic programmes they offer; upcoming events; the programmes and initiatives they are involved in; and events involving the School which featured in the news. The site also offers several resources that would be of use to students on Religious Studies programmes. These include access to their bulletins and magazines. They are also linked to the Divinity School Library homepage from where they may view and search the library catalogue. The library homepage also provides annotated links to websites useful for religious studies.
This interesting website informs visitors about the research activities currently undertaken in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. These include the work of its three research centres namely the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (CSCNWW); the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI); and the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO). The site contains information about the Visiting Lecture Series and Seminars which the school organises. It also links visitors to the homepages of specific projects undertaken by members of staff at the school e.g The Media and Theology Project; The Collection of Scottish Letters; The African Christianity Project; The Mundus Project; and the Methodist Missionary Society History Project. In addition to background information about the projects, visitors are also given access to several downloadable materials. There are also links, annotated and unannotated, to the homepages of relevant organisations and to other online resources.
This website briefly describes an AHRC and ESRC funded interdisciplinary research network concerned with enhancing understanding of the identity, history and beliefs of the Hausa people of West Africa. The website lists the members of the network who will be brought together via a workshop and a ‘round table’.
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.
'Exploring Religions' is a website that offers a general introduction to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. It is sponsored by the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. This resource gives a description of the philosophical presuppositions, central tenets, worshipping practices and historical backgrounds of these faith traditions as well as the texts that are associated with them. Although the work is clearly presented, the contents are not referenced and are reflective only of the writer's understanding of the different traditions. It can nevertheless serve as an interesting starting point for those seeking a basic understanding of these five religions. Glossaries of terms and a small selection of photographs help elucidate the issues discussed. Links to other sites are also provided.
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.
This is the home page of the project developed by the Ackland Art Museum to promote inter-faith communication among the different religious communities in North Carolina. The project uses the museum's collection of religious art as a starting point for exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism - five religions with the strongest following in the area. These are complemented by: a photography workshop where local youths are given the opportunity to capture on film their traditions and heritage; a story-telling workshop in which adults representing the five religions could present stories from their faith traditions; and the development of a series of teaching posters. Some of the outcomes are displayed on this web page. The site also offers a set of guidelines designed for those intending to use religious art to teach about a culture, religion or society; and online lesson plans. Links are provided to the home page of the Ackland Art Museum and other useful websites.
This is the homepage of the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, a magazine edited by Brin Stevens and Wendy S. McDowell. It is published four times a year by the Harvard Divinity School and features articles, reviews and opinion pieces on religion and contemporary life; religion and the arts; and the history and study of religion. This homepage allows access to a selection of materials from issues published in 2002 to the latest issue. Papers featured include: 'Love as a physical force to loosen the grip of war'; 'Does God matter? A social-science critique'; 'Private belief, public scholarship'; 'Reflections on Islam in a time of global uncertainty'; and 'Learning to present religion in the schoolroom'. The website contains the submission guidelines for the bulletin and information on how the print version of past and present issues could be obtained. A search engine is available.
Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet is a unique full-text ejournal, examining new and old religions and rituals as they are expressed on the Internet. At May 2009 there are three issues online, and these are themed: 'Being Virtually Real? Virtual Worlds from a Cultural Studies Perspective'; 'Special Issue on Theory and Methodology'; and 'Special Issue on Rituals on the Internet'. Articles are available as abstracts, and as full-text PDF files. The journal is published from Germany, but is published in English. Example article titles include: 'Virtual Religion : An Approach to a Religious and Ritual Topography of Second Life'; 'Communicating Spiritual Experience with Video Game Technology'; 'Discovering the Invisible Internet : Methodological Aspects of Searching Religion on the Internet'; and 'Authority in the Virtual Sangat : Sikhism, Ritual and Identity in the Twenty-First Century', among many others. The website has detail of the editor, Editorial Board, and submission guidelines. This will be a journal of interest not only to those in Religious Studies, but also to those in Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Game Studies, and Media Studies.
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.
The European Institute of Religious Studies, part of the École Pratique des Hautes Études in France, brings together research centres related to religion and acts as a centre of expertise on the history of religions and contemporary religious questions. One of its main goals is to draw connections between researchers and academics in religious studies and the teaching of religious studies at the primary and secondary school level. To this end the Institute's website includes information on its training programmes and seminars, as well as a number of resources, primarily in French, that can be adapted for teaching purposes. These resources, found in the virtual library, include summaries of books or articles and suggestions for their use in teaching, and cover: general religion; Christianity; Islam; Judaism; secularism; school and religion; Europe and religions; and religious studies. Many of these resources would be appropriate for a higher education context. The site also has a good selection of links on these topics. The site will be of interest to students and lecturers looking for references on religious studies.
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 online Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (ISSN: 1530-5228) is concerned with intersections between secular culture and religion, utilising the latest methodologies in theory and theology. With the recent coincidence between Continental philosophy and theology - particularly in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin - the field of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is at the centre of current debates surrounding ethics, responsibility, subjectivity and indeterminacy. Phenomenology and deconstruction, then, are frequently the basis of discussion in the journal. There are even interviews with major post-modern thinkers who tarry with theology, such as Derrida, Mark C. Taylor and Jean-Luc Marion. The journal will be of interest to anyone working in theology, literature or theory.
The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (ISSN 1583-0039) is a freely-available peer reviewed electronic journal published by the Seminar for the Interdisciplinary Research of Religions and Ideologies (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) and the Academic Society for the Research of Religions and Ideologies (Romania). The journal publishes articles and reviews relating to inter-religious dialogue; philosophy of religion; history of religion; political philosophy; ethics; and related areas within religious studies. Themes of recent issues have included: religion; art; politics; problems of religious toleration - religious minorities in Romania; and religion and politics in the contemporany world. Recent authors and topics have included: Richard Rorty (anti-clericalism and atheism); Mihaela Mudure (Gypsies and African Americans); Joseph Favazza (reconciliation); Mester Béla (Unitarian thought and early modern political philosophy); Leonard Swidler (freedom of religion); Kathleen Tobin (Catholic birth control debate in Latin America); Sandu Frunza (Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas). Articles are available in both HTML and PDF. The journal is published quarterly. Information is also available about the editorial and advisory boards; and 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 Atma Dharma site is dedicated to disseminating important texts, both ancient and modern, about the origins and nature of Jainism. This is of particular import as any sites offering such texts are particularly rare. The website offers full-text (both scanned and typed) versions of over two hundred books about Jainism in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit and Prakrit. There are also audio streams of lectures, videos and images which will be of great use to the scholar of the Jain religion. The design of the site is not the best, but it contains rare and important content. Site users can also purchase other lectures and study material on CD from the site.
Links to Multifaith and Religion Sites is an Internet gateway to resources of use for religious studies. Annotated links are provided to a range of websites, including those that are academically orientated, and the homepages of faith groups. Coverage is broad, with sections on traditions old and new from around the world, but this site will be of particular interest to those researching the interfaith movement, and within that, groups whose aim is to bring the adherents of different religions together with the common purpose of promoting peace and justice. Also well covered are indigenous belief systems, nature and magical religions, and minority traditions such as Zoroastrianism and Scientology. The site is easy to navigate, with the individual sections accessible via a hyperlinked list at the top of the front page.
The Marburg Journal of Religion (ISSN:1612-2941), published on the Web only, is an ejournal devoted to empirical and philosophical issues related to religion. The journal aims for a broad editorial policy: it is not guided by any particular religion, but encourages submissions which promote a clearer understanding of "Religionswissenschaft" as a discipline. Past issues have contained articles on topics such as Shinto, Scientology and human rights, and Satanism. In theory, the journal publishes essays in any language; in practice, however, the majority are in English, plus a few in German, and the occasional work in other languages. Hosted by the University of Marburg, the Marburg Journal of Religion is published with varying frequency. The number of articles and contributors also varies from issue to issue. The site provides a search engine and all contents can be accessed without charge.
The Multifaith Centre at the University of Derby (registered charity number 1087140) was established to foster mutual understanding and respect among the adherents of different faiths and beliefs. The centre's home page, which provides a search engine, offers a brief overview of the Bahá'í faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism; and a short introduction to interfaith activity. The site also allows access to their newsletter, seminar papers, and a photo gallery; and contains details of their history, events, and publications. The centre is directed by Carrie Edwards.
The North American Association for the Study of Religion, formed in 1985, is dedicated to encouraging the historical, comparative and theoretical approach to the study of religion. The Association aims to foster collaboration among scholars in North America as well as internationally. The Association holds an annual conference in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. It also publishes a quarterly journal entitled, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion as well as the book series, Key Thinkers in the Study of Religion. The table of contents and abstracts from the four most recent issues of the journal are freely available online. For those interested, membership information is also available. The site is well presented, and easily accessible.
This website offers a general introduction to the many religions that used to be, or are still being practised around the world. It is organised into two sections, the first of which is on transcultural religions. This contains flowcharts and short explanations of the underlying assumptions, historical backgrounds, symbol systems, adherents and main centres of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism. The second section describes the religio-historical development of the following regions: China, East Asia, Europe, India, Indonesia, Latin America, North America, Polynesia, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Oceania. Maintained by the University of Cumbria, the resource is the outcome of a joint project between its Department of Religion and Social Ethics, and the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan.
PHILosophy, Theology And Religion (PHILTAR) is a website that serves as a gateway to online academic materials on philosophy, theology, and religion. The philosophy section classifies resources into: general philosophy; Chinese philosophy; Indian philosophy; Islamic philosophy; philosophy of mathematics; and Russian philosophy. Also available is a compendium of philosophers, which contains more than a thousand names, arranged alphabetically. The religion section contains links to sites on trans-cultural religions (offering a useful introduction to the major world faiths); regional religions; and science and religion, plus PHILTAR's own encyclopaedia of religion. Unfortunately, the site seems to be incomplete: although a theology section (supposedly dealing with Biblical studies and church history) is advertised on the front page, this appears to be devoid of content. The site also does not seem to be updated frequently. However, at time of review, the proportion of broken links was relatively low, and the site remains a useful resource in the areas of philosophy, religion, and religious education.
The Radical Academy is a vast website that provides information on an array of subjects, as well as acting as a gateway to other sites. The emphasis in on philosophy, but politics and political theory, religion, education, and the sciences are all covered. From the Academy's home page one can connect to sections providing resources on a range of subjects, mostly related to philosophy, including: collections of essays by the Academy's president, Jonathan Dolhenty, and by Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001); a glossary of philosophical terms; and various sections on the history of philosophy and on individual philosophers, such as Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1225-1274). The Resource Centers section offers substantial collections of links to off-site resources, categorised by subject area.
Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to become actively involved with the site, in the form of blogs, forums, a guestbook, and a chance to ask the Academy a question. News, events, and other items of topical interest are also supplied. Some of the in-house resources suggest that for the most part the site is being pitched at a general or introductory level. The site makes use of frames. Because of the scale of the website and the presence of a considerable amount of advertising, the site is not at first glance easy to navigate, and individual pages are slow to load. The persistent explorer will, however, be rewarded with a potential wealth of information.
The RE Directory is an online resource developed by the Culham Institute for the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. It aims to be the first reference point for anyone looking for information on religious education in the UK. Lists available in the directory are as follows: overview of the statutory position for RE; members of the RE Council; Local Authorities; faith communities (e.g. Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh); the RE community; RE curriculum resources; RE in public examinations; degrees and professional qualifications; research register (theses and published articles); journals; and other useful directories. A search engine is available on the site. The project was funded by the St Gabriel's Programme.
The RE Directory for Wales is an online resource hosted by the Welsh National Centre for Religious Education at the University of Wales, Bangor. The following are the lists available in the directory: the law and national guidelines for religious education; members of the RE council; Local Education Authorities; faith communities (Church in Wales Dioceses, Roman Catholic Church Dioceses, other Christian denominations); organisations concerned with religious education; resources; religious education in public examinations; degrees and professional qualifications; books and journals; and support for religious education from charitable trusts. The resource is available in English and Welsh.
This is the home page of RE-Net - a consortium of religious education professionals working at Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Central England and the University of East Anglia. The website contains numerous resources that would be of use to Religious Education teachers working in higher education. These include articles and teaching and learning resources on the six main religions in the UK, namely Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. There are also Subject Induction Packs available for the benefit of those new to teaching Religious Education in the higher education context. Other resources include a list of events and links to relevant websites. The project was led by Simon Hughes of Canterbury Christ Church University.
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.
This website provides annotated links to various online resources on religion and Religious Studies. These include electronic journals; the homepages of research and data centres; Bible study guides; and theological resources. There is also a section on the Creation-Evolution debate and one on the religions of the world which connects readers to Internet materials on the Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Sikhism. The site is maintained by the Iowa State University Library.
This Web page describes a 2008 AHRC-funded workshop series which aimed to explore the inconsistencies between multi-faith, faith-blind modern Western states which yet sponsor, regulate and reflect religious practice. The Web page includes each workshop's programme and a list of participants.
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.
This is the website of the Religious Education Association, and of the Association of Professional Researchers in Religious Education - at time of review, these organisations were in the process of joining forces. Both are multi-denominational, multi-faith, and ecumenical, and are dedicated to enhancing the quality of teaching and research in religious education. The Associations convene annually, publish a quarterly newsletter, and encourage new publications pertaining to theological and religious education. The REA supports the journal 'Religious Education'. Membership of the joint Associations is open to all those engaged in teaching theology or religious studies at the college or graduate school level. Information pertaining to membership and upcoming conferences is readily available.
The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) was set up in 1973 to oversee the delivery of religious education in UK schools, colleges and universities. This home page provides a number of resources that would be of use to teachers of religious education in those contexts as well as to organisations that are interested in issues related to religious education and multi-faith dialogue. These include: updates on the development of a national strategy for religious education and the status of collective worship in schools and colleges; reports on REC projects and publications; RE in the News; a list of events; links to relevant websites; and a calendar of religious days. The site provides a search engine.
The Religious Research Association (RRA), founded in 1951 by H. Paul Douglas, is an association of academics and professionals dedicated to encouraging scholarship into all practical aspects and manifestations of religion. This includes, for example: new religious movements; conflicts between denominations; religious experience; religion and family life; and religion and political behaviour. The association meets annually in conjunction with the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and publishes a newsletter periodically which is freely available online. The principal scholarly outlet of the association is the quarterly journal, 'Review of Religious Research.' The site makes available the tables of contents of several recently published issues. Information for those interested in membership is readily available.
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.
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.
'Religious Worlds' is an annotated directory of online resources related to religion, religions and religious studies. The materials are divided into several sections - the first of which pertains to world religious traditions. Faiths represented here include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and new religious movements. Other sections focus on: Academic Resources (e.g. academic programs in North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand; libraries at educational and governmental sites; book reviews; bibliographies; and online reference works); Religion and Modernity; Religion and Cyberspace; and Religious Experience. This website is well-maintained and easy to use.
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.
Established in 1969, the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education is a London-based charity (Registered charity number 271510) which aims to promote the study and teaching of world religions. It publishes a journal and a calendar of religious festivals annually. Visitors can access past issues of the journal from this homepage using a title, author or text search. Themes featured therein include: Exploring conflict and reconciliation; From syllabus to schemes; Exploring loss, grief and change; Can I teach your religion; Time; and Religion: the problem or the answer? The site also provides a list of questions and answers; and a glossary of terms.
This is the homepage of 'The Spire', a journal published by the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in cooperation with the university's Office of Development and Alumni Relations Communications. The journal is published twice every year and is edited by Victor Judge. Although mainly directed at the students, friends and alumni of the school, the articles and discussion therein would be of interest to Religious Studies students elsewhere. Works featured to date cover issues like: the theology of mediation; the gift of confinement; religious interpretations of the tragic effects of the tsunami; the human genome project and the good death. This website allows access to materials published since 2000. These are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the site.
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.
The Strip is a daring and original site that was conceived and designed by graduate students in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder between 1996 and 1999. It is now a defunct site, and has had no updates since February 1999. Nonetheless, the content and mode of expression within this academic website remain seminal both within the field of Religious Studies, and the Humanities in general. The site's architecture offers eight options for the user to select, including: feature articles; culture; resource; forum; text; links; help; and the site's eulogy. The presentation of the articles is unconventional for an academic format, although their content is less so. Ultimately, the originality and significance of the site lies within its broad conceptualization. The name of the site is coined from the idea of the Mobius Strip. This notion summarizes the site's creators' central preoccupation with the tension between internal and external meaning and between form and content. As an interactive online journal, the Strip remains a clearly innovative attempt to address the influence which the Internet will have on academia, but also on intellectual development and expression. It also seeks to address the meaning and use of hypertext in symbolic and moral terms. The site was created as part of a pilot graduate course at the University of Colorado, which related textual analysis within Religious Studies to the social and cultural implications of the use of computers within academia. As such, it serves as an example of new techniques in graduate teaching in the Humanities. In keeping with its academic philosophy, the site is deliberately complex and its structure emphasizes the user's possibilities for choice. This makes clear navigation of the site very difficult, but also inherently instructive.
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.
Teaching About Religion is an online resource which is sponsored by OABITAR (Objectivity, Accuracy, and Balance in Teaching About Religion), a non-profit educational organization based in California. It aims to help school teachers in the US deal with the subject of religion in their History, Social Studies and/or Religious Studies classes in a manner which neither promotes nor inhibits religion, yet supportive of religious pluralism and religious freedom. This website provides background information on topics like religious liberty, neutrality, diversity and civic responsibilities. It also offers an overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism, Deism and the nonreligious perspective; a list of classroom DOs & DON'Ts and OKs & NOT OKs; lesson plans; a methods minicourse entitled Religious Neutrality, Teaching in a Pluralistic Classroom; and access to relevant websites.
Terra Ferma is a project that seeks to foster healthy interaction among the various faith traditions by providing a forum in which instances of inaccuracies or prejudice in the presentation of religion can be aired. Its three objectives are: to achieve clarity by means of dialogue; to create a database that would enable further research into the phenomenon; and to eliminate as much distortion as possible so that more space is made available for meaningful interaction to take place among the different faiths. Users are here invited to submit examples of misrepresentations they have encountered in the media and academia either of religion in general or of any specific religion. If considered appropriate, these will be entered into the project's database. The site also contains a small sample of such representations and links to related resources. The project is directed by Professor Arvind Sharma.
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.
This website contains an online handout designed to assist undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill write research papers in religious studies. It is prepared by the staff at the university's Writing Center. The materials are delivered using the following headings: Religious studies is an interdisciplinary field; Religion vs Religious studies - special considerations; Writing tasks in religious studies; Comparative essays; Critical readings of religious texts; Ethnographic studies; Historical analyses; Journal entries (questions about individual source materials, comparative questions about your sources, questions about your own thinking); and Some definitions in religious studies (belief, deity, faith, holy books, ritual, tradition). The handout is also suitable for the use of instructors of religious studies.
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.
This is the homepage of the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University, USA. The school, which was established in 1875, is directed by James Hudnut-Beumler, the Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History. This website informs visitors about the academic courses they offer and the research programmes they are involved in. Information is also provided about news and upcoming events. The school organises several annual lectures and some of the podcasts for these are available from the site. Visitors can also access from here the homepage of the school's biannual publication 'The Spire'. A search engine is available.
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 homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
This is the home page of the Welsh National Centre for Religious Education based at the University of Wales, Bangor. The centre aims to promote religious education in Wales by encouraging research and development in the field. This website contains a number of resources that would be useful particularly for teachers of religious education. These include papers (e.g. on Religious Education syllabus; Translation of the Bible into Welsh; The Non-Conformist Church in Wales; and Islam Resource Pack for Teachers); reports; details of publications and information on courses offered by the centre; and links to relevant websites. A search engine is provided.
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.
Directed and primarily authored by Richard Hooker at Washington State University, the 'World Civilizations' website is a superior example of the integration of electronic materials and resources into a teaching or classroom setting. Designed as a series of survey courses, the pages broadly track the development and influence of major world cultures from around the world, while highlighting key philosophical, religious and textual themes. There are a number of ways to navigate these pages, but familiarisation with the layout does take a little while.
To begin, it is recommended that users first enter the 'contents' section and select the learning modules. From here one can browse a variety of cultural traditions in detail, and gain a better insight into what this resource has to offer. The learning modules themselves are directed specifically towards undergraduates at the beginning of their university studies. Information is provided on: early traditions (including Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel); Africa; China; European traditions; Islam; India; Japan; and Native North Americans. Each is laid out as a series of introductory electronic lectures complemented by selections of primary texts and a glossary of key terms. Many also come complete with a helpful introductory bibliography and a selection of additional external Internet resources. As a teaching resource, the scope of the site is so comprehensive that it can stand independently or easily complement any introductory class on world religions and culture. For students, the rapid access to pre-selected primary resources coupled with lectures and reference materials makes it an invaluable learning tool that will both illuminate and enhance any study environment. This is an archived site.
The establishment of the World Council of Religious Leaders was a direct outcome of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Launched in June 2002 in Bangkok, the Council was to serve as a resource to the United Nations and other related parties around the world as they work towards resolving international conflicts. This home page offers: background information about the Council; a downloadable copy of its Charter; and details of its annual meetings. There is also a section on the World Summit itself which gives useful information on its history and outcomes. This part further provides an overview of the Bahai faith; Buddhism; Christianity; Confucianism; Hinduism; indigenous religions; Islam; Jainism; Judaism; Shintoism; Sikhism; Taoism; and Zoroastrianism. Two other sections, 'Ongoing Initiatives' and 'News Room', inform users of the Council's activities.
World Scripture is the online version of a book collecting an extensive number of scriptural excerpts from major contemporary religious traditions. Assembled by Dr Andrew Wilson, the extracts are arranged thematically, dealing with beliefs about the divine, the purpose of human existence, religious life and ethics, and so forth. Each section has an introductory paragraph to set the material in context, but no detailed analysis of the texts is given. While students and teachers of comparative religion will find useful material within these pages, users should note that the site seems to focus on the similarities between world religions rather than their differences, and that consequently the extracts presented may not always give the complete picture.
The Religious Organizations page is part of the Yahoo! Directory's religion and spirituality section. The site is popular in focus rather than scholarly, but provides annotated links to the websites of a wide variety of faith-related groups. The major world religions are well covered, and more esoteric belief systems (including a number of new religious movements) are not neglected. Atheist and humanist sites are also listed, as are interfaith resources. Although the directory is not (nor does it aim to be) a rigorous academic resource, this page may be a mine of fascinating information to those with an interest in the sociology or anthropology of modern religion.
This is the homepage of the Divinity School at Yale University. It provides information about the academic programmes on offer and of the application procedures involved. The site also offers numerous resources that would be of interest to students on Religious Studies programmes. These include access to their newsletters, bulletins, magazines and journals. There are also webcasts of lectures, conferences and worship services; religion podcasts; outlines of curriculum; news of upcoming events; and annotated links to their centers for research and outreach. A search engine is available. The School is headed by Harold Attridge, the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament.