Religious Studies Links

Religion Links


General Background

  • Saved by Hope: Pope Benedict XVI's second encyclical, released November 30, 2007.
  • Catholic Resources on the Web: information about Catholic teaching and links to other Catholic web sites and home pages
  • The Theology Library: a site with over 8000 links--extensive information on the Catholic Church, Church history and worship, sacraments; saints (a list of patron saints with information on individual saints); Mary and Marian apparitions, links to justice and peace sites and to many ethical issues; descriptions of non-Catholic Christian denominations (including the First Church of Cyberspace, which offers online worship every Sunday evening at 9:00 PM E.S.T.), non-Christian religions, and other religions and belief systems; directories of Catholic resources on the internet; links to a broad spectrum of Catholic views; a glossary of religious terms (under the "Religion" subheading). See also links to the religions of the world by Prof. Ehud Ben Zvi of the University of Alberta and the religions of the world from an online text and course by Dr. Philip A. Pecorino.
  • The Catholic Internet Directory: a site featuring the top 40 most visited Catholic sites on the internet, Catholic diocesan web sites and e-mail directories, Catholic publications, Catholic organizations on the web, Christian service volunteer organizations, Catholic internet directories, religious orders, and catholic high schools and colleges on the web.
  • Catholic Online: major gateway to Catholic resources on the internet. This site also features news and current events relating to Catholicism.
  • Chester's Catholic Index: an extensive (and eclectic) list of Catholic links, arranged alphabetically
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: another collection of links to Catholic teachings about war, statements from Church leaders about the Iraqi war, and so on
  • The Church and the Internet: A 2002 document from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications which assesses the positive and negative contributions of the internet for both Church and world. A companion document entitled Ethics in Internet analyzes the ethical implications of this new form of communication.
  • Academic Info: Christianity: meta-indexes and general directories, reference resources, online texts and archives, Christian thinkers and theologians, and a lot more.
  • Other Catholic Resources on the Net: billed as the largest index of Catholic sites on the web, this site features information on art & architecture, the Bible, online Catholic books and periodicals, Church teachings, reference resources, saints, college student organizations around the country, and traditional sites featuring Latin prayers and the Latin mass
  • The Vatican Home Page: information about the pope, along with on-line versions of his major writings; and a wealth of other background about the Vatican, including the Roman Curia, the Vatican News Service, the Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Archives.
  • Vatican Radio: news of the Holy See and real-audio hookup in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Swedish
  • SisterSite: a clearinghouse for information on women's religious congregations, the history of religious life, and the contemporary concerns of women in Church and society. This site also features extensive links to women's theology and spirituality.
  • Religious Resources on the Net: a lengthy list of resources from Rhodes College
  • Websites relating to the millennium with particular attention to religious groups
  • From Jesus to Christ: website from the PBS series about the first Christians. It features extensive background on the life, death, and influence of Jesus Christ, and excellent links to related issues.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library: extensive links to non-fiction, fiction, and reference sources with authors arranged alphabetically. This site also contains a link to Early Church Fathers, the most important writings from the first 800 years of the Church.
  • Oxford University's Internet Resources for the Study and Teaching of Theology: general guides, biblical studies, history of theology, contemporary theology, pastoral studies, religions and demonimations, print and electronic publishers, institutions, departments and (digital) libraries
  • Finding God in Cyberspace: a guide to religious studies resources on the web. This site offers a selective list of general and specialized internet resources for religious studies faculty and students. It links to print resources, people resources, digital resources (e-texts and journals), sub-disciplines of religious studies and theology, religious traditions; and also has an interesting set of links on the topic of the effect of cyberspace on the theory and practice of religion.
  • a site exploring religion, spirituality, and morality, with a good bit of information on other religions as well

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The Bible

  • Search the entire Bible for any word. Every passage where that word appears will show up. Or, just type in a particular citation under "Passage," select "Look Up," and that portion of the Bible will appear. I also recommend selecting the "RSV" version of the Bible.
  • World Wide Study Bible: an attempt to organize all the Bible-related resources on the web. This site features both text and commentary on all the books in the Bible.

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Online Catholic Periodicals

  • America: a weekly magazine published by Jesuits in the United States for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking
  • Commonweal: the on-line version of this independent review of public affairs, religion, literature, and the arts
  • The National Catholic Reporter: the on-line version of a weekly independent, lay-edited Catholic newspaper. If you want to keep up with current events in the Church and in the world as they relate to the Church, this is the best place to look.
  • The Tablet: a Catholic weekly from the United Kingdom
  • First Things: a journal of religion, culture, and public life

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Search the Web

  • Google: the best and most powerful single search engine around
  • Ask Jeeves: a very helpful service which allows you to put your question into plain English. You'll receive a response listing places on the web where you can go to find the answer.
  • Excite NewsTracker: search more than 300 online newspapers and periodicals
  • The Catholic News Service: the oldest and largest news wire service specializing in reporting on religion, the Catholic News Service is the the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.
  • real audio from radio stations around the world; including the BBC World Service, CNN, local TV stations, news & talk radio
  • Starting Points for Web Explorers: help in using the web, frequently asked questions about the web, basic tutorial on the Internet and the WWW, other search and indexing resources

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