Religious educaton, religious studies and theology

Liam Gearon

Religion, Theology and Education: Academic and Professional Organisations and Related Sources

Religion and theology

Religion and theology

ABTAPL (Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries) union list of periodicals Visit: www.le.ac.uk/abtapl/

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.

Academic blogs : religion/theology

Academic blogs : religion/theology

Visit: www.academicblogs.org/wiki/index.php/Religion/Theology

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.

Alliance of religions and conservation

Alliance of religions and conservation

Visit: www.arcworld.org/

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a UK-based secular organisation which aims to assist major world religions to develop environmental programmes which are faithful to their own teachings and practices. It was established in 1995 and this website provides information about: its history, vision and strategy; and the projects it has undertaken.

It also contains a search engine; news headlines and news archives; a number of downloadable documents; and a section which provides an overview of the following faith traditions and their views on ecology: Baha'i; Buddhism; Christianity; Daoism; Hinduism; Islam; Jainism; Judaism; Shintoism; Sikhism; and Zoroastrianism.

American Academy of Religion

American Academy of Religion

Visit: www.aarweb.org/

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.

American Theological Library Association

American Theological Library Association

Visit: www.atla.com/

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.

Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL)

Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL)

Visit: www.newman.ac.uk/abtapl/

The Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL) was formed to support librarians and others who work in, or are associated with, libraries with collections of theological, religious or philosophical materials. The Association's website provides further information about organisation, together with membership details, notice of meetings, and details of publications.

ABTAPL holds meetings twice a year, and publishes a thrice yearly Bulletin, a Guide to the Theological and Religious Studies Collections of Great Britain and Ireland, and the ABTAPL Union List of Periodicals. The website also provides information about the Association's JISCmail email list (open to all).

ATLA (American Theological Library Association) catalog

ATLA (American Theological Library Association) catalog

Visit: www.atla.com/products/catalogs.html

The ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Catalog Web page gives details of various ATLA products that may be of interest to theologians. Access to three free online databases is provided: the Research in Ministry index of project reports and theses by Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Missiology students; the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative, which offers digital images (including photographs, artwork, manuscripts, and so on) useful for the study and teaching of religion; and APCAT, the catalogue of the ATLA Preservation Program, which records bibliographic information for theological publications which have been preserved on microform.

The site also provides information about the ATLA Religion Database (though the database itself requires an institutional subscription, and cannot be accessed through the site). With over 1.4 million records, the database is the foremost index of scholarly journal articles, reviews, and essays published in multi-author works. A very valuable set of resources for theologians.

Australian association for the study of religions

Australian association for the study of religions

Visit: www.aasr.org.au/

This is the homepage of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR). It has a membership of over 300 scholars and students with knowledge and experience of religious traditions. Chaired by Dr Toni Tidswell, the association serves as a forum for the advancement of the study of religion in its broadest dimensions.

This website contains information about membership, conferences organised by the the association; and its members' publications. It also links to the homepage of the association's journal, the Australian Religion Studies Review. The site provides a search engine and unannotated links to the homepages of relevant organisations.

Axis mundi

Axis mundi

Visit: www.arts.ualberta.ca/axismundi/

This is the homepage of 'Axis Mundi', a web-based academic journal (ISSN: 1496-2798) maintained by Religious Studies students at the University of Alberta, Canada. The journal publishes articles on all aspects of the academic study of religion and accepts submission from undergraduate and graduate students from universities and colleges across Canada.

This website contains information about the journal's submission policy and editorial staff. It allows access to all materials published since academic year 1999/2000. Materials from more recent volumes are presented in PDF, hence needing Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. Links are also provided to the homepages of Canadian and international Religion journals. A search engine is offered. The journal is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department at the University of Alberta.

Canadian corporation for studies in religion

Canadian corporation for studies in religion

Visit: www.ccsr.ca/

The Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (CCSR) is a consortium of seven academic bodies active in the field of Religious Studies in Canada. It was established in 1971 and is presided over by Paul-Hubert Poirier of Laval University. This website provides links to the homepages of the seven organisations as well as a number of other resources on the academic study of religion in Canada.

The latter include job listings; commentaries; information on the latest news in the field (e.g. conferences and calls for papers; new courses on offer; and workshops); book features; and transcripts of interviews. The corporation also publishes 'Studies in Religion' and this website displays the table of contents of the latest issue. In addition, links are provided to the homepages of Canadian departments of religion and theological colleges; academic societies and journals.

Credo reference

Credo reference

Visit: corp.credoreference.com/

Credo Reference (CredoReference formerly Xrefer) is a digital reference library containing the texts and images from over 150 printed reference works. There are over a million separate entries in total. Credo reference covers the full spectrum of academic and general interest subjects, with the arts and humanities well represented. Reference works include various dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, atlases, plus subject specific titles. History titles include works such as Routledge's Companion to British History and various Who's Who titles; there is also the Dictionary of British History, the Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance; and a Concise Atlas of World History.

For philosophers there is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Macmillan Dictionary of Philosophy, plus the Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics is also provided. For students of literature there is a Dictionary of Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Cambridge Guide to Theatre. An Atlas of the Bible and the Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, along with a Who's Who of Old and New Testament characters provide useful reference resources for Bible scholars.

There are also a couple of resources that might be useful to Classicists. All volumes may be search simultaneously, or searches may be narrowed to a particular subject area, or a particular reference work. Many entries contain hyperlinks across reference works to related subjects of interest. Credo reference is a subscription service and is available to higher and further education institutions in the UK under a license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Department of philosophy and religion at American University, Washington DC

Department of philosophy and religion at American University, Washington DC

Visit: www.american.edu/cas/philorel/

This is the homepage of American University (AU)'s Department of Philosophy and Religion. It provides information on the academic programmes, scholarships and grants available, and a description of the modules on offer.

There are details of recent events (e.g. conferences, lecture series and workshops) and lightly annotated links to websites dealing with issues which are of interest to those working in areas related to religion and philosophy. Of special interest to undergraduates is a section dedicated to Study Aids. This contains annotated links to online resources which provide guidelines on research; writing (papers, theses and dissertations); and academic integrity.

Faith in the system : the role of schools with a religious character in English education and society

Faith in the system : the role of schools with a religious character in English education and society

Faith In The System.pdf: The Role of Schools with a Religious Character in English Education and Society' (ISBN: 9781844789559) was a report jointly commissioned by the UK government and the providers of publicly funded schools with a religious character. The report, published in 2007, aims to document their shared understanding of the contribution which faith schools make to the education system and society in Britain.

The document looks at issues like the role of faith schools and their communities; the curriculum; staffing; admission; religious education; collective worship; home to school transport; school uniform; developing collaboration; and the establishment of new publicly funded faith schools and support for independent faith schools wishing to come into the maintained sector. This 20-page long work also contains several interesting case studies. It is published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Folklore

Folklore

Visit: haldjas.folklore.ee/folklore/

Folklore (ISSN 1406-0957; e-version ISSN 1406-0949) is a refereed journal published quarterly by the Folklore Department of the Institute of the Estonian Language. Based on a simple design, the site is fast and easy to navigate, and contains fascinating articles that cover not only folklore, but associated subjects, such as religion and customs, paremiology, narratives, ethnomusicology etc.

The book review section is a particularly useful aid to scholarship. The full-texts of papers are available in both printed and electronic versions. Access to the electronic edition of the journal is free of charge.

Forum on religion

Forum on religion

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/religionforum/

This is the website of the Forum on Religion which is based in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The forum was established to provide a space for LSE scholars and the public to discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to faith and religion in the contemporary era.

This website offers information about the seminar series and public lectures they organise. It also provides links to the transcript, and the audio and video recordings of the Religious Faith and Human Rights lecture given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at one of their public lectures. Information is given on how to join their mailing list and the site offers a search engine.

Full-text theology journals online

Full-text theology journals online

Visit: library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/subject/theology/theoejrn.htm

Hosted by the Louis J. Blume Library at St. Mary's University, '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.

Heythrop gateway

Heythrop gateway

Visit: http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/about-us/library-and-learning-resources.html

This website is maintained by Heythrop College, the Specialist Philosophy and Theology College of the University of London. It provides over 100 annotated links to online resources selected on the basis of their suitability for students of philosophy and theology.

These include access to websites containing ebooks; bibliographical resources; and those dealing with subject-matters like philosophy; the Bible; Church history; churches; theology; and world religions. Guidance is also provided on how to cite World Wide Web documents. Navigation of the site is straightforward.

Higher Education Academy : Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies

Higher Education Academy : Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies

Visit: www.prs.heacademy.ac.uk/

The website of the Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS) Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy provides information and support for educators working in the fields of philosophy, theology, religious studies, and history and philosophy of science.

The website offers: details of forthcoming conferences and workshops; articles and discussion pieces; and information of use to academics in all subject areas, such as guidelines on plagiarism. The Centre publishes the biannual journal 'Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies', and PDF versions of each issue are included here. The Centre also makes available a series of grants for the development of teaching and learning in religious and philosophical studies.

The PRS Subject Centre is part of the Higher Education Academy's network of 24 such centres, which support the sharing of innovation and good practices in learning and teaching, including the use, where appropriate, of communications and information technology. This subject centre was formerly a branch of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN).

Håndskrifter fra Søren Kierkegaard arkivet på Det kongelige bibliotek

Håndskrifter fra Søren Kierkegaard arkivet på Det kongelige bibliotek

Visit: www2.kb.dk/kultur/expo/sk-mss//index-en.htm

This website presents a selection of excerpts from the manuscripts of Søren Kierkegaard dating between 1834 and 1855. The selection is based on an exhibition of 1996 displayed in Copenhagen at the Round Tower. The images are generally clear and easy to read (although, of course, the papers are in Danish and some familiarity with nineteenth-century handwriting is an advantage).

The site itself has an English version, and is equipped with an index of manuscript titles and call marks, two essays on Kierkegaard, a selection of portraits, information on his contemporaries, and a chronology. The contemporaries section provides brief biographical notices and a selection of portraits. There are also photographs of old Copenhagen. This is a charming site which should be of use not just to the specialist but to a general reader who would like a sense of Kierkegaard and his times.

Index theologicus (IxTheo)

Index theologicus (IxTheo)

Visit: www.ixtheo.de/

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.

Initiative on religion and politics at Yale

Initiative on religion and politics at Yale

Visit: www.yale.edu/religionandpolitics/

This is the homepage of the Initiative on Religion and Politics which is based at Yale Divinity School. It was set up to enhance scholarly thought, debate and activitism on the place of religion in public life, both at national and international levels.

This website contains their vision statements and details of past events (e.g. conferences; forums; exhibitions; and the screening of documentaries). It provides a section on 'Theological Reflections' from where viewers can access a small number of articles and sermons. Annotated links are also given to the homepages of a number of organizations. A search engine is available. The initiative is led by Dr. Melissa Matthes.

Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs

Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs

Visit: www.bu.edu/cura/

This is the home page of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University. It was founded in 1985 by Peter L. Berger to investigate how religion and culture affect economic and political developments around the world.

This website contains: information about the institute's history and vision; details about the programs it coordinates like seminars and projects; a calendar of events; information about publications resulting from the institute's projects (on themes like the culture of entrepreneurship, business and democratization, and globalization and culture); the institute's press releases; and links to relevant websites.

International center for religion and diplomacy

International center for religion and diplomacy

Visit: www.icrd.org/

The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy aims to help resolve identity based conflict like ethnic conflict, tribal warfare and religious hostilities, through incorporating religion as part of the solution. It is involved in several such peacemaking process around the world since its inception in 1999, and provides training and faith-based reconciliation seminars.

This homepage informs visitors about their mission, activities and personnel. It contains details about news and events, and on how to get involved in the center's work. Access is given to their annual reports as well as project and research reports. These are available in PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. This would be an interesting resource for those exploring the role that religion can play in the resolution of conflicts around the world.

International institute for hermeneutics

International institute for hermeneutics

Visit: www.chass.utoronto.ca/iih/

The International Institute for Hermeneutics, founded by Andrzej Wiercinski, is a research institute dedicated to providing a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration on modern hermeneutics, particularly in the fields of philosophy, theology and comparative literature. The institute has hosted a major International Congress on Hermeneutics (the proceedings of which are complied and published by the Hermeneutic Press), and sponsors lectures and seminars dedicated to hermeneutics, and also publishes the annual refereed journal, Annalecta Hermeneutica.

The site contains a brief introduction to modern hermeneutic theory, posts upcoming events the Institute is planning, and contains information on how to order publications from the Hermeneutic Press. The site is well presented and accessible.

Internet theology resources : online theology-related periodicals

Internet theology resources : online theology-related periodicals

Visit: www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/itr/jour.html

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.

Japanese Association for Religious Studies

Japanese Association for Religious Studies

Visit: wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/jars/index-e.html

The website of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies provides information on the activities of this academic society of researchers on religion in Japan and worldwide. The site is accessible in English and Japanese versions, the latter being far more comprehensive. The English version consists of one page that introduces the history, development and structure of the Association, briefly describes its journal 'Shūkyō Kenkyū (Religious Studies)', and gives membership and contact details.

In addition to this information, the Japanese version has the following sections: members' pages; annual conferences; 'Shūkyō Kenkyū'; the annual prize; and links to other relevant websites. The members' pages have subsections devoted to: recent news from: the Association's committees; symposiums and other meetings; and relevant academic associations in other countries.

The section for the journal has tables of contents and some abstracts of past issues, and the database can be searched in various ways; submission guidelines are also provided. The conference section has links to websites for the next conference and previous ones since 2003; these have varying amounts of information ranging from just a few photos to programmes downloadable as PDF files.

Journal for the renewal of religion and theology

Journal for the renewal of religion and theology

Visit: www.renewtheology.org/

The Journal for the Renewal of Religion and Theology (JRRT)(ISSN: 1834-3627) is an online scholarly peer-reviewed journal which aims to cover the whole spectrum of religion and theology. Multi-disciplinary in orientation, it addresses both monotheistic religions and other religious viewpoints, as well as historical and contemporary perpectives.

Among the papers published include: 'From Sacrifice to Sacred Song: Music in Jewish and Christian Worship'; 'Why Psychology Needs Theology'; 'A Shamanic Reflection on Water'; and 'The Evolution of Priesthood and Priestly Offices in the Old Testament'. The journal is published once a year.

This homepage provides free access to all materials published since the first volume was released in 2006. It contains information about the editorial board and the journal's submission policy. This should be an interesting resource for students of religion.

National Churches Trust

National Churches Trust

Visit: www.nationalchurchestrust.org/

This is the website of the National Churches Trust (previously the Historic Churches Preservation Trust and the Incorporated Church Building Society), an independent charitable enterprise founded in 1953. Its purpose is to raise funds, provide practical assistance and help finance structural repairs to churches, chapels and other places of worship, in England and Wales, that are over one hundred years old.

Twenty-seven million pounds in grants have been allocated to date. The Gallery provides pictures and information about nearly 150 projects. Further pages outline the research and future strategy of the Trust; provide case studies and a news section with job advertisements. The Trust produces an annual report which can be downloaded in PDF format.

NEXT

NEXT

Visit: www.colorado.edu/ReligiousStudies/Nextpage.htm

This is the homepage of NEXT (Next Emerging Voices in Religious Studies Scholarship), a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the academic study of religious traditions. It is published annually by graduate students at the Religious Studies Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

This website allows access to all materials published since the first volume was released in 2007. These are presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. Articles featured include: 'Pure Land Buddhism and the Construction of Buddhist Studies'; 'Building Boundaries: The Role of Religion in Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian Ethnic Identity'; and 'Effects of World Religions Courses on Undergraduates: A Pilot Study of Tolerance, Homogenization, and Contextualization'. The journal is edited by John Kinsey.

Oslo coalition on freedom of religion or belief

Oslo coalition on freedom of religion or belief

Visit: www.oslocoalition.org/

This is the homepage of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief based at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The coalition is an international network of representatives from various organizations, and their primary aim is to advance freedom of religion or belief. Their activities are run along the lines of the Oslo Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

This website informs visitors of their background and mission, and provides access to the Oslo Declaration as well as other relevant declarations, resolutions and reports. Also provided is information about the different projects they engage in around the world. Resources offered on these include project reports; book reviews and abstracts; project calendar; and maps. There are annotated links to the homepages of relevant organisations. The Coalition is chaired by Tore Lindholm of the University of Oslo.

Oxford scholarship online

Oxford scholarship online

Visit: www.oxfordscholarship.com/

Oxford Scholarship Online is a subscription-based service provided by the Oxford University Press (OUP), making available a large selection of OUP books in philosophy, religion, political science, and economics and finance. All users can freely and openly view book and chapter abstracts, plus keywords.

Subscribers are able to view the full text. Subscriber services also include printer-friendly formatting, an advanced searching facility, and links between relevant parts of the text and the bibliography and footnotes. OUP aims to add at least 200 titles to the collection each year, and an impressive number of recent publications have been made available. Instructions on individual and institutional subscriptions are provided, as is the opportunity for a free institutional trial. The site is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Past masters

Past masters

Visit: www.nlx.com/home/

Past Masters is a subscription-only online full-text database of important works in the humanities. A wide range of authors are included, but the collection has a particular focus on: philosophy; theology; English letters; and the works of women writers. Scholarly editions are used throughout, and full bibliographic details are provided.

The database includes a mixture of English and foreign language material (Germanic authors are particularly well represented, and there are also titles in Latin and French), with a number of major works available in both the original language and English translation. A broad time span is covered, from classical literature through to 20th century writings. Subscription information is provided for both institutions and individuals, with a wide range of packages available. A very valuable resource.

Religion and environment

Religion and environment

Visit: daphne.palomar.edu/calenvironment/religion.htm

'Religion and Environment' is a website maintained by Dr Jane R. Thorngren of San Diego State University. It looks at the role that religion plays in shaping human being's attitude towards the natural environment. This resource starts with a a brief discussion of the contribution made by UCLA History Professor Lynn White Jr to the debate.

This is followed by annotated links to other sites which tackle the issue from the perspective of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Confucianism, Indigenous Traditions, and other religions. There is also a short list of relevant print-based books and links to a more comprehensive bibliography. The site is well-presented and would be of interest to undergraduates on Religious Studies courses.

Religion in England and Wales : findings from the 2001 Home Office citizenship survey

Religion in England and Wales : findings from the 2001 Home Office citizenship survey

Religion in England and Wales.pdf: findings from the 2001 Home Office citizenship survey This work, prepared by Maria O'Beirne, was commissioned by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate (RDS) and published in 2004.

It uses data obtained from the over 15,000 interviews conducted for the 2001 Home Office Citizenship Survey, to enhance policy-makers' understanding of the impact which religion has on the lives of people in England and Wales. The findings are presented under these chapter headings: Introduction; A profile of religious affiliation; Self-identity and religion; Religious discrimination; Religion as a driver of social and civic participation and attitudes; and Discussion. The resource is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.

Religion law UK

Religion law UK

Visit: www.religionlaw.co.uk/

Religion Law UK is a website maintained by Neil Addison, a practising barrister who is also the author of Religious Discrimination and Hatred Law (ISBN: 041542030X). The resource provides guidance as well as access to a range of materials useful for those seeking information on the subject of religion and the law.

The materials are organised under the following main categories: Religious Criminal Offences (which deals with issues like blasphemy and blasphemous libel; and incitement to religious hatred); Religious Civil and Discrimination Law; and International (which looks at international documents relating to freedom of religion and other documents relating to religion; and surveys the legal position in Australia, Canada, USA and Pakistan). The site contains links to numerous reports, articles, and statute. Most of these are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore required for access. Links are also provided to the homepages of relevant organisations,

Religioscope

Religioscope

Visit: www.religion.info/

Religioscope is an independent website which provides news and analyses on religion. Created in January 2002 by Dr Jean-Francois Mayer of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, it aims to highlight the role and place of religions in the world today.

The resource, which is accessible in English and French, contains a section on News which is updated on a daily basis. It also holds a large collection of articles; interviews and documents. The site further offers: lists of FAQs; an international calendar of academic conferences; and details of how to join their mailing list. A search engine is provided.

Religious intelligence

Religious intelligence

Visit: www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/

This interesting website is published by Religious Intelligence Ltd, a London-based organisation. It aims to provide neutral and unbiased information about religious news from around the world. Apart from reports and commentaries on relevant issues that make news headlines (available both from a drop-down list organised alphabetically according to countries and in reverse chronology) there are sections dedicated to Country Profiles and Maps.

There is also a section on 'Religions' which gives an overview of Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism and Sikhism. This should be a useful resource for those wishing to gain up to date information on issues relating to religion in the UK and other parts of the globe. Search engines are available on the site.

Religious studies web guide

Religious studies web guide

Visit: www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~lipton/

'Religious Studies Web Guide' is an online resource which aims to assist those involved in the academic study of religion. It contains lightly annotated links to numerous websites that are either arranged by format (such as bibliographies; dictionaries/encyclopedias; images; journals; library/archival collections; maps; sacred texts; and videos/films) or organized by religious group or selected topics (such as Biblical Studies; Bahai; Buddhism; Christianity; Confucianism; Hinduism; Jainism; Judaism; Islam; Liturgy; Scientology; Shinto; Sikhism; Taoism; Zoroastrianism; and Jewish-Christian Relations). The website is maintained by Saundra Lipton of the University of Calgary Library.

Religious studies Web guide : bibliographies on the Net

Religious studies Web guide : bibliographies on the Net

Visit: www.ucalgary.ca/~lipton/biblio.html

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.

Report of a review of department of health central funding of hospital chaplaincy

Report of a review of department of health central funding of hospital chaplaincy

[Visit: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4087580

This website gives viewers access to the full-text of 'Report of a Review of Department of Health Central Funding of Hospital Chaplaincy'. This 33-page long document, which was prepared by John H. James, was published in June 2004. It reviews and makes recommendations to the Department of Health on the central funding arrangements of NHS hospital chaplaincy.

The contents are organised under the following chapter headings: 'The Policy Context'; 'Developments of Chaplaincy in the NHS'; 'Faith Groups and Chaplaincy'; 'How Central Funding Could Contribute to Chaplaincy in the Future'; and 'Recommendations, Suggested Action Plan and Timetable for Changes'. A useful document for anyone concerned about how the spiritual needs of patients from different faiths could be accommodated through changes introduced in the way chaplaincy services are provided.

Scholarly societies project : religious studies

Scholarly societies project : religious studies

Visit: www.scholarly-societies.org/religion_soc.html

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.

Sixteenth century society and conference

Sixteenth century society and conference

Visit: www.sixteenthcentury.org/

The site of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) offers some insight into the aims, activities and publications of this scholarly association based in North America. SCSC is dedicated to gather all scholars interested in early modern studies, from any academic discipline and geographical region.

The site announces not only the call for papers and submissions to the annual conference of SCSC but also events and opportunities in related areas of interest put forward by other associations. Information about the forthcoming annual conference and calls for registrations are available on the site; the programme of the previous year’s meeting can be consulted.

SCSC publishes The Sixteenth Century Journal quarterly, although it is not substantially presented on the society’s homepage. The site encourages membership in the society, which enables access to Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, along with an annual subscription to the journal. The prizes offered by SCSC for books in early modern studies and the prize committees for each category are listed.

University of California Santa Barbara : department of religious studies

University of California Santa Barbara : department of religious studies

www.religion.ucsb.edu/

This is the homepage of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It provides information about the graduate and undergraduate degree programs on offer, as well as the colloquia and public lectures the department organises. It gives access to VIEW, the department's annual newsletter. These are presented in PDF, thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.

It also gives visitors access to the homepage of EPOCHE, the scholarly journal published by their graduate students. The site contains a combination of annotated and unannotated links to the homepages of professional societies and other relevant organisations and projects. The department is headed by Professor Catherine L. Albanese.

University of Nebraska at Omaha Religious Studies program

University of Nebraska at Omaha Religious Studies program

Visit: www.unomaha.edu/religion/

This is the homepage of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)'s Religious Studies Program. In addition to information about the degree programs, courses and scholarships on offer, the site provides details about forthcoming events, activities and the projects which the Program is involved with (e.g. journals and public lectures).

Visitors can also view brochures, photographs and the Program's newsletters since November 2001. A number of the newsletters were presented in PDF but Adobe Acrobat Reader can be accessed from the site. The Program is headed by Dr Paul Allen Williams, an Assistant Professor of Religion at the university.

Virtual religion index (VRI)

Virtual religion index (VRI)

Visit: virtualreligion.net/vri/

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.

Wabash Center : Internet guide to religion

Wabash Center : Internet guide to religion

Visit: www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/guide_headings.aspx

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.

Wabash Center Internet guide to religion : online discussion groups

Wabash Center Internet guide to religion : online discussion groups

Visit: www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/result_browse.aspx?topic=858

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.

WorldWide religious news

WorldWide religious news

Visit: www.wwrn.org/

WorldWide Religious News (WWRN) is an online resource primarily aimed at the international academic and legal community. Compiled daily, this freely available and not-for-profit service seeks to provide up-to-date religious news from across the globe. These include topics as diverse as religion and ethnic struggles; religious response to developments in science and technology; religious freedom; religion-related court decisions; home schooling; and dietary requirements.

Coverage is not restricted only to religions with a large following like Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam and Judaism; but include those with smaller constituencies. The materials can be accessed under the 'Breaking News' heading, and those organised according to the following geographical areas: Africa; Asia/Pacific; Europe; North America; Russia; and South America.

The site also provides an archive which can be searched by Date; Keyword; Continents/Countries; and designated section headings. There are, in addition, sections which provide access to relevant legislative documents; scholarly papers; and other online resources. This should be a useful resource for undergraduates and postgraduates of Religion.

Yahoo! directory : religious organizations

Yahoo! directory : religious organizations

Visit: dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Religion_and_Spirituality/Organiza

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.

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