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Overviews of World Religions

This website provides profiles of various religions and spiritual traditions around the world. Profiles includes information about beliefs, history, and rituals. The website is maintained by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Patheos is a place to:

•Explore religious beliefs and histories through a deep library of accurate, balanced information on the world's religions, as well as through unique interactive lenses that allow visitors to compare, contrast and explore religions and belief systems in new and innovative ways

•Enrich the global dialogue on religion and spirituality through responsible, moderated discussions on critical issues across religious traditions, in the site's unique Public Square •Experience religious traditions, both online and off, through a variety of multimedia applications and online directories •Engage in intra-faith discussion through religion-specific portals, designed to provide a forum for discussion and public interaction

Global Connections is the online home to a family of sites created to help teachers, students, and the general public learn more about events around the world through readings, lesson plans, links, timelines, and maps. The Middle East section inclues information about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

An ongoing research effort, the Pluralism Project studies and interprets religious diversity and interfaith relations in the United States

The goal of ReligionFacts website is to provide free, reliable information — "just the facts" — on the belief systems of the world's religions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them. This very broad definition means that we have articles on a wide variety of world religions, both ancient and modern, as well as "ways of life," philosophies, mind-body teachings, and even some anti-religion systems like ancient Epicureanism and modern atheism.

The goal of this website, which is maintained by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, is to present accurate, balanced, clear, objective and inclusive articles about religion, morality and ethics. The website attempts to serve the people of the United States and Canada in four areas: 1) Disseminating accurate religious information, 2) Exposing religious fraud, hatred and misinformation, 3) Disseminating information on dozens of "hot" religious topics, and 4) Promoting religious tolerance.
A webpage created and maintained by the staff at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. The page includes overviews of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Collections of Sacred Texts
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.
The website 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.
The website contains the text of 41 religious works representing the following 12 world religions: Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.
The World Scripture website contains over 4,000 passages gathered from 268 sacred texts and 55 oral traditions. All the major religions, the primal religions, and even the new religions are represented by their scriptures or sacred words. The passages are arranged comparatively by gathering them around various topics (165 in all) which cover all the significant issues of the religious life: God, the purpose of life, sin, salvation, faith, prayer, self-denial, providence, prophecy, messianic hopes, etc. Poring over any of these topics, the reader is immediately acquainted with the wisdom of all religions as they each deal with these universal human concerns.
This website includes over 30 full text translations of the Holy Bible. Most of the translations are in English, but there are representative translations in other languages as well.
This site is maintained by The Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement at the University of Southern California. It includes translations of the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith.
This site makes available full text translations of the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, English, and parallel Hebrew and English.
This site consists of links to full text versions of a variety Judeo-Christian works, as well as some collections of writings from other religious traditions. Included in the Judeo-Christian works are the Old and New Testaments, the Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, New Testament Apocrypha, and the Book of Mormon. Other religious traditions are represented by the Koran, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh.
Multifaith Calendars
This site provides English calendar dates for holidays and holy days for several different world religions. Dates for current and future years are included. Also included is a glossary that provides definitions of holidays.
The site has information regarding the history and organization of several religious calendars including Christian, Islamic, and Jewish.
Statistical Data on World Religions includes 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. Basically, researchers can use to answer such questions as "How many Lutherans live in Wisconsin?", "What are the major religions of India?", or "What percentage of the world is Muslim?" The site presents data from both primary research sources such as government census reports, statistical sampling surveys and organizational reporting, as well as citations from secondary literature which mention adherent statistics.
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) provides statistical information on a variety of topics including national profiles of religious affiliation, data on U.S. church membership, and attitudes towards religion around the world. The ARDA is maintained by the Sociology Department at the Pennsylvania State University.
The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings. The Pew Forum examines a wide range of issues concerning religion and American society, from the shifting religious composition of the U.S. to the influence of religion on politics. The Pew Forum also covers a range of policy issues that often have a religious component - from abortion and gay marriage to stem cell research and church-state controversies. The Pew Forum explores the role religion plays in world affairs through a range of research products, from large public opinion surveys on religion and society to in-depth demographic analyses of the current distribution and future growth trajectory of major religious groups.
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