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Baha'i Faith

BBC - Religions: Baha'i
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
The Bahá'ís
The International Web Site of the Bahá'í Faith
The Bahá'í Faith
The Official Website of the Bahá'ís of the United States
See also: Comparative Studies


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Buddhism

BBC - Religions: Buddhism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
The Buddha
A website from the British Museum designed to help children learn about Buddha.
BuddhaNet
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
From the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
DharmaNet International
A multi-media resource center for learning about meditation, wisdom and compassionate action.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Christianity

Subcategories: Catholicism, Denominations, General


Christianity - Catholicism
Catholic Culture
Contains church documents and information on the liturgical year including activities to enhance family life. The Site Reviews section is a directory arranged by topic and includes ratings and reviews of Catholic websites. It would be an excellent place to start if you were looking for additional resources on Catholicism on the web.
Catholic Encyclopedia
Deo Est Gloria
Directory of Roman Catholic Religious Life Communities.
An Online Guide to Religious Ministries
Online source for Catholic Vocations. Listings of the Catholic Communities of Priests, Brothers and Nuns active in the United States.
Online Ministries
From Creighton University, a Jesuit Catholic University. Includes reflections on the daily readings (with links to the readings themselves from the USCCB), an online retreat, audio retreats, stations of the cross, and special seasonal resources.
New Catholic Encyclopedia
For Thrall cardholders only. Fifteen volumes, second edition. "Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more."
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Find Church documents, issue statements, and links to dioceses in the United States.
Universalis
This site provides the Morning, Evening, and Night Prayers for each day as well as the Mass readings for the day.
The Vatican
Official website of the Holy See
You Tube: The Vatican's Channel
"This channel offers news coverage of the main activities of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and of relevant Vatican events. It is updated daily." Adobe Flash required to watch videos.
See also: Comparative Studies and Saints


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Christianity - Denominations - Other
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Official website of the Church of the Latter-day Saints (Mormons.)
Jehovah's Witnesses
Official website of the Jehovah's Witnesses
National Council of Churches USA
"The member bodies of the National Council of Churches encompass a wide spectrum of American Christianity - representing traditions as varied as Protestant, Orthodox, Evangelical, Anglican, and African-American, historic peace churches and ethnic-language immigrant churches. They include more than 100,000 local congregations and 45 million persons in the United States." This website contains news, educational resources, as well as a directory of links to the member bodies' websites.
See also: Comparative Studies


Christianity - General
BBC - Religions: Christianity
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Bible Gateway
Searchable translations of the Bible as well as dictionaries, study tools, reading plans, and commentaries
BibleHub.com
"Free access to Bible study tools in many languages." Includes multilingual Bible editions and guides for Biblical studies (Bible Study Tools), a Concordance, Lessons, Mobile Bible editions for mobile device users (also available separately at this link) Reference Materials and Study Resources, an Online Christian Library (also available separately at this link), and much more.
Blue Letter Bible
Fourteen standard versions of the Bible can be fully searched by keyword, verse or phrase from BLB. Includes a drop down menu if you are unsure of how to enter a verse or spell a book title. Includes concordances, commentaries, devotionals, and a bible dictionary.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
An electronic library of classic Christian texts provided by Calvin College.
Codex Sinaiticus
The complete text digitized and made available on the web. "Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript - the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity - is of supreme importance for the history of the book." Provided by The British Library, the National Library of Russia, St. Catherines Monastery, and Leipzig University Library.
Crosswalk: Bible Study Tools
Biblical research tools including searchable Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and encyclopedias.
Daily Devotionals
Links to daily devotionals like the Upper Room, Our Daily Bread, and My Utmost for His Highest.
Ecclesiastical Calendar
Calculates the dates for Christian holy days for a particular year. Read the disclaimer.
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
PBS website on Christianity. Includes history, testimony from theologians, maps, archaeological discoveries, a chronology, and an anthology of primary sources.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Daoism

BBC - Religions: Taoism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)
Daoist Studies - "for the academic study of Daoism," features three databases (bibliographies, scholars, courses)
I Ching
An English translation by Richard Wilhelm and Carey F. Baynes of the I Ching: Or Book of Changes.
The I Ching on the Net
A directory of I Ching resources on the Internet.
Taoism
This is an excellent overview from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
True Tao
See also: Comparative Studies


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Gnosticism

The Gnosis Archive
Includes The Gnostic Society Library, online texts from the Nag Hammadi Library ("a collection of thirteen ancient codices containing over fifty texts", meditations, an introduction to Ecclesia Gnostica, and more.
Gnostic Radio
"Gnostic Radio offers over 250 free lectures, free podcasts, and a free live lecture every week."
Gnostic Teachings
Includes an overview of Gnostic beliefs, articles, online courses, a forum, and more.
Internet Sacred Text Archive: Gnostic Texts
Includes "resources about Gnosticism, the Hermetica, and other related belief systems."
See also: Comparative Studies


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Hinduism

BBC - Religions: Hinduism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Hinduism Today Magazine
The online global journal of Hindu Dharma. "Hinduism Today was created to strengthen all the many diverse expressions of Hindu spirituality, to give them a single, combined voice because everywhere else their voices were individualized." Published quarterly and archived on site, the journal contains many informative articles.
TempleNet
Information and pictures on the temples, festivals, legends and beliefs of India.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Islam

Al-Islam
Includes prayer time calculator, a date converter, and topical classifications of the Holy Qur'an and Hadith.
Al-Islam.org
"Al-Islam.org is created and maintained by the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project (DILP), a registered Non Profit Organisation that operates through the collaborative effort of volunteers based in many countries around the world. Our objectives are to digitize and present on the Internet quality Islamic resources, related to the history, law, practice, and society of the Islamic religion and the Muslim peoples, with particular emphasis on Twelver Shia Islamic school of thought. The purpose is to facilitate dissemination of knowledge through this global medium to locations where such resources are not commonly or easily accessible. In addition, we aim to encourage research and enquiry which the use of technology facilitates. With Al-Islam.org, we attempt to present a balanced and accurate picture of Islam as it has been taught and practiced by the Most Noble Messenger Muhammad (s) and his family, the Ahlul Bayt (a). All reasonable attempts have been made to prevent inauthentic information from being carried on this site. However, we in no way can guarantee the absolute authenticity of all of the data and should not be held responsible for any errors herein. Furthermore, we do not necessarily endorse all external links from this site."
BBC - Religions: Islam
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Islam and Islamic Studies Resources
Articles and links, from the University of Georgia
The Koran
Search or browse, from the University of Virginia.
Muslims
PBS's Frontline examines the Islamic faith and what it means to be a Muslim today.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Jainism

BBC - Religions: Jainism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
JAINA: Federation of Jain Associations in North America
JAINA is the umbrella organization of local Jain Associations (Sanghs) in the USA and Canada.
Jainism Global Resource Center
This portal includes sacred scriptures, a web based course on Jainism as well as information on beliefs, prayers, and rituals.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Judaism - General Information

BBC - Religions: Judaism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Center for Online Judaic Studies
The collaboration of many scholars, this is an online encyclopedia of the history of the Jewish people. It includes digitized documents and artifacts.
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Contains links to the fifty national Jewish agencies from across the political and religious spectrum.
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd Edition
For Thrall cardholders only. "Updated edition of this lauded work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists." Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Jewish Studies: A Guide to Internet Resources
From the University of Delaware
Judaism & Jewish Resources
Comprehensive web guide, goes beyond Judaism
Judaism 101
Tracey Rich provides answers to frequently asked questions on Judaism for both the Jew and the Gentile.
My Jewish Learning
The Personal Gateway to Jewish Understanding. "MyJewishLearning.com is a trans-denominational website of Jewish information and education geared toward learners of all ages and educational backgrounds."
Torah.org: The Judaism Site
Outreach site including texts, Torah portion, Jewish law, discussion of ethics, and online classes.

Judaism - Torah Portion
Conservative
From the Jewish Theological Seminary
Torah Sparks
Discussion Guide to the weekly portion provided by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Reform
From the Union for Reform Judaism
Orthodox
From the Orthodox Union


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Shinto

BBC - Religions: Shinto
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Encyclopedia of Shinto
An online encyclopedia of the faith from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo.
What is Shinto?
An overview of Shinto from the Shinto Online Network Association, a volunteer organization run by Shinto priests.
See also: Comparative Studies


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Sikhism

BBC - Religions: Sikhism
Beliefs, customs, history, and more.
Gateway to Sikhism - introduction, history, news, links
A portal for information on Sikhism including links to holy scriptures, an encyclopedia, news, and information on the Sikh way of life, prayers, disciplines, ethics and history.
SGPC.net
Official Website of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Sikhism: Thy Name is Love and Sacrifice
See also: Comparative Studies


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Blogs

BeliefNet: Spirituality Blogs
A variety of spiritually themed blogs (select from list on left side of their page).
CNN Belief Blog
FaithWorld: Religion, Faith and Ethics
From Reuters Blogs.
Psychology Today: Spirituality Blogs
A number blogs are available. Scroll down their page and select a spirituality blog (rightmost column).
Religion News Blog
On Faith


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Comparative Studies

Adherents.com
"A growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc."
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
"The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world." Provided by Pennsylvania State University.
BBC Religion & Ethics
Includes news as well as informative overviews of world religions. Also has an interfaith calendar.
BeliefNet
Concise descriptions and resources of various beliefs
Encyclopedia of Religion
For Thrall cardholders only. "The second edition of this highly regarded encyclopedia, intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries -- many heavily updated -- as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of the first edition's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers." Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Faith.com
Sections include: Articles & Essays, Audio & Video, Prayers & Reflections, Sacred Texts, Magazine Corner, Featured Books, Quick Facts, Rites & Rituals, Holiday Guide. Also includes a "Faith Library," which is described as a "growing collection of articles, texts, and prayers from spiritual teachings around the world."
Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
This study, published on April 27, 2009, by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, focuses on major religious denominations and changes affiliations in America. An overview, interactive section, and complete PDF document are available (view PDF with Adobe Reader).
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by Sir James George Frazer
From Bartleby.com, which describes this work as "a study in comparative folklore, magic and religion" demonstrating parallels between rites, superstitions, beliefs, and taboos of early civilizations.
Interfaith Calendar: Primary Sacred Times for World Religions
Patheos
"Patheos connects seekers, students, and believers to faith communities, scholars, and resources for deeper exploration and greater understanding of faith practices, wisdom traditions, and spirituality." This portal also allows users to create side by side comparisons on background and beliefs of one hundred faith traditions and denominations.
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
"The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Forum pursues its mission by delivering timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders, including government officials and journalists. As a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization, the Forum does not take positions on policy debates." Sections include: Religion and Politics, Religion and Public Schools, Religion and Social Welfare, Religion and the Law, Religion and World Affairs.
Religion and Ethics Tools
Includes an Interfaith Calendar, an Islamic Prayer Calculator, an interactive history module called Civilisations, and quizzes. From BBC.
Religions of the World and Beliefs
Basics of each religion. Topics include: Atheism, Baha'i, Buddhism, Candomble, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Mormonism, Paganism, Rastafari, Santeria, Shinto, Sikhism, Spiritualism, Taoism, Unitarianism, Zoroastrianism. From BBC.
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
Results and analysis of a survey conducted May - June 2010. Full report is available at this link. (Adobe PDF format). You can test your own knowledge through an online quiz. From The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
"Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public."
U.S. State Department: Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom
"The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998."
Virtual Religion Index - from Rutgers University, said to "analyze & highlight important content of religion-related websites to speed research"
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eBooks: Religious & Spiritual Texts Online

Featured Resource
Virtual Reference Library: Religion
These complete online reference works are freely available to members of Thrall. They include: DK Eyewitness Companion: Religions, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of Religion, Global Viewpoints: Religion, New Catholic Encyclopedia.


Other Resources
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
"The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online."
Project Gutenberg: Religion Bookshelf
A variety of freely downloadable eBooks.
RCLS eFiles: Religion and Spirituality eBooks
Freely downloadable eBooks & eAudioBooks on a variety of religious topics. Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library / RCLS.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL): eBooks
Browse by subject, title, author, language, or format. Provided by Calvin College.
HebrewBooks.org
Ove 40,000 "Classical Hebrew Books for Free Download." Provided by The Society for Preservation of Hebrew Books.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
"This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language. This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship."
Yale Divinity Digital Image and Text Library
Includes: EIKON Image Database for Biblical Studies as well as the AdHoc Image and Text Database on the History of Christianity. Search or browse. Some images are unavailable online due to Yale restrictions.


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Icons & Symbolism

Religious Symbols Gallery
From ReligionFacts.com.
Religious Symbols and Their Meanings
From Ancient-Symbols.com.
Religious Symbols Meaning
From Religious-symbols.net.
A Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols
From SymbolDictionary.net.
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Sacred Art

Biblical and Religious Art
Gospel illustrations, Christian Symbols, and more.
Biblical Art on the WWW
Database of links to biblical art arranged by subject and biblical text.
Religious Art
Browse images, paintings, sculptures, and more by topic, location, and other criteria. From WikiMedia.org. Please note their disclaimers.
Religion Clip Art Links
Christian, Jewish, and more. From About.com.
World Religions in Art
This website produced by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts provides some basic history on several of the worlds most popular religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. These discussions are accompanied by digital images of artwork based on each respective religion.


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Spirituality & Religion in the News

News
BBC News: Religion and Ethics
Beliefnet.com: Religion and Spirituality News
New York Times: Religion and Belief News
See also these related topics from the NYT:
Anglican Churches
Atheism
Baptist Churches
The Bible
Buddhism
Cardinals
Catholic Schools
Christians and Christianity
Christmas
Church-State Relations
Creationism, Evolution, and Intelligent Design
Dalai Lama
Easter and Holy Week
Episcopal Churches
Evangelists and the Evangelical Movement
Faith-based Initiatives
Freedom of Religion
Gospel Music
Hinduism
Islam
Jesus Christ
Jews and Judaism
The Koran
Meditation
Megachurches
Mosques
Popes
Priests
Ramadan
Religious Cults
Russian Orthodox Church
Synagogues
The Torah
Vatican City (The Holy See)
NPR (National Public Radio): Religion News
PBS: Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly
Publishers Weekly PW FaithCast
"A podcast featuring interviews with authors of new and upcoming religious books by the editors of Publishers Weekly Magazine."
Religion News Service
"The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas."
ScienceDaily: Spirituality in Science News
The Vatican: News Services

Special Coverage & Reports
Global Restrictions on Religion
"Two-in-three people live in countries with high levels of restrictions on religion." Study and report from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. See also: Pew's Religion in the News website.
PBS Life and Culture: Spirituality and Religion
Special reports from PBS Frontline including: Apocalypse, Dreams of Tibet: Tibetan Buddhism, Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, From Jesus to Christ, Muslims, Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope.
Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project
This project of the Pew Research Center includes: Data, research, and articles focusing on the impact of religion across the world, religion news updates, and interactive tools.
Pope Benedict XVI on the Environment: "Environmentalism Is Moral Issue, Part of Promoting Peace"
See the full speech: "Message for the 43rd World Day of Peace 2010: If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation."


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Spiritual Practices

explorefaith.org
This website subtitled "Spiritual guidance for anyone seeking God" provides information on Christian spiritual practices like meditation, daily devotions, praying the hours, and guided journaling.
Guided Meditations from BeliefNet
"Meditations, chants and devotionals from a variety of spiritual traditions"
Meditation Station
"The official website of the Meditation Society of America. Whether you're a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will find valuable information on meditation techniques and concepts from all traditions throughout the world."
Spirituality and Practice
Created by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, this website outlines thirty-seven spiritual practices that are recognized by all major religions. Practices include gratitude, hospitality, listening, enthusiasm, and kindness. All of these practices will help to "connect with the Divine, our true selves, our neighbors, and the whole Creation." Each entry includes basic information on the practice, why this practice may be for you, a bibliography including excerpts of books on the practice, art, music, poetry, and teaching stories about the practice, as well as exercises, prayers and cues to help you in this practice.
World Prayers
"The objective of this website is to gather the great prayers written by the spiritual visionaries of our planet into an online database representing all life affirming traditions. Many of these prayers have been used for hundreds if not thousands of years. Others are from spiritual contemporaries in today's intricate global fabric. Though these sacred verses arise from divergent paths, voices, languages, cultures and heritages, they all carry within them the same burning flame - the same impassioned love for life and the divine mysteries."
Yoga Journal
See also: Comparative Studies


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Terminology

Basic Terms of Shinto
From Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University.
Bible Dictionaries Online
From BibleStudyTools.com.
Dictionary of Theology
From Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
From Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
From Exploring Religions, University of Wyoming:
Buddhism Glossary
Christianity Glossary
Hinduism Glossary
Islam Glossary
Judaism Glossary
Glossary of Baha'i Terms
Glossary of Buddhist Terminology
Archived website. From Shambhala.
Glossary of Church Terms
From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Glossary of Gnostic Terms
From Gnostic Q.
Glossary of Jewish Terminology
Frum Judaism 101.
Glossary of Spiritual and Religious Terms
From ReligiousTolerance.org.
Glossary of Taoist Inner Alchemy Terms
From Ascending Hall Taoist Temple.
Glossary of Terms
All major world religions. From Patheos.
Interfaith Calendar Definition of Terms
Holy days from various major world religions. From InterfaithCalendar.org
New to Jainism
This website provides explanations of some of the main principles of Jainism. From JainUniversity.org.
Pagan Glossary
From The White Goddess Pagan Portal.
Sikhism: Glossary of Religious Terms
From Sikhs.org.
Wiccan Glossary
From The Cauldron.
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