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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
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.
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"Launched in 1995, IslamiCity provides a nonsectarian overview of Islam to a global audience. Covering Islam, Islamic history, and the Qur'an, it aims to promote "peace, justice, and the harmony ofr all people." Library Journal
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The mission of Islamopedia Online is to provide access to news and background analysis on Muslim countries and Islamic topics that are often absent from Western media because of language barriers or lack of familiarity with the country, the issues or players at stake. Islamopedia Online is a comprehensive database of the most influential religious figures across Muslim countries and their positions translated from Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi on issues like political violence, women and the rights of religious minorities. Islamopedia Online also provides a translation in English of major news at the intersection of religion and politics, as well as background analysis country profiles. There is also an original production of videos from scholars and journalists to better understand the current debates on Islam either in the West or in Muslim-majority countries.
Collections of Sacred Texts
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 three translations of the Holy Qur'an and four collections of the Sunnah and Hadith.
This site makes available full text translations of the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, English, and parallel Hebrew and English.
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.
This site provides the dates, using the Gregorian (Western) calendar, of holy days and religious festivals for the years 2009 thru 2014.
Statistical Data on World Religions
Religionsource is a website that is maintained by the American Academy of Religion, the world's largest association of scholars who research or teach topics related to religion. This page on their website provides links to a variety of online sources of statistics on religious matters.
Adherents.com 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 Adherents.com 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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