Myth & Sacred Texts Global gates to mythology plus collections of sacred texts
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IN THE NEWS
News stories related to religion arguably account for an increasing proportion of the daily news. Such stories can run the gamut from sectarian violence to social issues to the controversy surrounding THE DA VINCI CODE. These sites will help you keep track of religion in the news and provide information for discussion and debate. (Visit our Take Part area where you'll find a number of ways to join in the discourse.)
BBC Religion and Ethics
This comprehensive site is a good starting point to keep up with the religion-related news from around the globe. The BBC offers a general overview of contemporary religious issues with articles on almost every topic, as well as links to videos and other multimedia projects. The Web site also offers a message board with lively discussions.
Faith and Values.com
FaithandValues.com is a 24 hour-a-day video broadcasting Web site that offers faith information and updates on current issues and topics from 70 member faith groups and related organizations.
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY
The Web site of the PBS television newsmagazine program is devoted entirely to the news of religion, spirituality, and major ethical issues. The Web site examines top stories affecting the country's diverse religious landscape and includes current news headlines, transcripts of the program, and interviews with relevant experts.
Religion New Service
This Web site provides updated coverage of religion news stories, features, and commentary from a wide variety of faiths, and recently added its own weblog to the site. It is updated daily, with searchable archives.
SPEAKING OF FAITH
SPEAKING OF FAITH, hosted by journalist and theologian Krista Tippett, is a weekly public radio broadcast that deals with religious faith as well as common cultural issues that can be explored through faith. This Web site explains each week's topic and offers insight and background to the stories, as well as streaming audio and downloadable mp3's of all broadcasts.
FAITH AND DOUBT
Presenting many points of view, these Web-based resources will lead you to more information on issues of faith, reason and doubt. These site offer articles, essays, awareness groups, and public action projects that contain plenty of information on believers and non-believers alike.
A research site that collects and organizes statistics on over 4,200 religions worldwide such as the religious affiliations of famous public figures. This Web site draws from official religious organizations, polling organizations (Gallup, American Demographics), the national census and other academic bodies.
American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about atheism. Its Web site offers news releases, articles, legal updates, action alerts, and many other sources of information useful to understanding atheism.
A "multi-faith e-community" that embraces skeptics as well as believers. This Web site includes spiritual inclination quizzes, articles about modern challenges to faith, lively discussion boards, along with links to sacred texts of various religions.
Council for Secular Humanism
The Council for Secular Humanism offers FREE INQUIRY magazine and a worldwide index of humanist groups.
National Council of Churches of Christ
The National Council of Churches of Christ is "the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States." Their Web site offers plenty of up-to-date news releases as well as information regarding their programs and initiatives.
The Philosophy of Religion
Encompassing arguments for the existence of God, arguments for agnostics, and arguments for atheists, this Web site offers research, definitions, articles, and explanations on the three general categories of religious faith.
The Pluralism Project
The mission of the Pluralism Project from Harvard University is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. There are bibliographies of religions in the United States, including major religions like Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism and also less common religions such as Afro-Caribbean Traditions, Baha'i, Confucianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Native Peoples' Traditions, Paganism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism. Some statistics are provided about each religion including geographic distribution of religious centers. Within the Teacher Resources are guidelines for students studying religion.
THE QUESTION OF GOD
This companion site to a four-hour series on PBS looks at questions of faith and doubt through the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud, a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis, a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century's most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason. The site offers essays by contemporary thinkers, writing from Freud and Lewis and the transcripts of nine roundtable conversations on topics from miracles to morals.
Virtual Religion Network
This Virtual Religion Index is a quick and comprehensive research tool. It analyzes and highlights important content from religion-related Web sites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but also to major directories and documents within. Featuring an index of major religions as well as smaller sects of faith, this Web site provides quick facts as well as in-depth studies and documents for research.
FAITH & POLITICS
In the United States the perfect role for faith in politics is under constant debate. Below you'll find groups with very different interpretations of that role.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is an educational non-profit organization committed to "defend separation of church and state in the courts, educate legislators, work with the media to inform Americans about religious freedom issues and organize local chapters all over the country." Their Web site offers links to press releases, their weblog, articles, descriptions of current legislation and court actions, as well as an organizational section that allows members to get involved in their local community.
American Humanists Organization
The American Humanists Association actively educates the public about humanism, brings humanists together for mutual support and action, defends the civil liberties and constitutional freedoms of humanists-indeed of all peoples-and leads both local and national humanist organizations toward progressive societal change. Its Web site offers a list of recent publications as well as links to top stories concerning humanists, and a local chapter search to help communities interact.
Faithful America (a project of the National Council of Churches)
Faithful America is made up of persons who believe that one's faith - however broadly or uniquely expressed - has a word to say about our nation's government and its priorities.
The Interfaith Alliance
The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation form the national non-partisan advocacy voice of the interfaith movement. Their 150,000 members are from more than 70 faith traditions and people of good will united to: Promote democratic values, defend religious liberty, challenge hatred and religious bigotry and reinvigorate informed civic participation.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Pew Forum's politics section cover many aspects of the intersection of faith and politics. Issues analyzed include: bioethics, the death penalty, gay marriage, religion and the law and many others. This section of Pew's site also maintains an extensive list of other sites devoted to the study of religion and politics
People for the American Way
People for the American Way (PFAW) is an organizational action group dedicated to protecting the rights and liberties of Americans. Over the past 20 years, PFAW has fought to defend religious freedom and tolerance.
The White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
President Bush created the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and eleven Agency Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The Office was formed to lead a "'determined attack on need' by strengthening and expanding the role of faith-based and community organizations in addressing the nation's social problems."
FREEDOM & TOLERANCE
As the visibility of religious conflict increases in the shrinking global world, the ability for people of many faiths to co-exist has spawned a number of groups dedicated to increasing awareness and tolerance of both religious and literary free expression.
American Booksellers Association
The American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping independent bookstores with research, advocacy, education, and information dissemination. The Web site offers information to help its member bookstores succeed, such as industry news releases, bestselling lists, ABACUS (an online financial assistant), among many other services.
American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
Beacon for Freedom of Expression
Produced by the Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression, this database has archived bibliographic information on publications on censorship and freedom of expression world wide, censorship of books and newspapers world wide during the last decade, and censorship of books and newspapers from selected historical periods and countries. The Web site also includes links to external sources dealing with censorship.
The Center for Progressive Christianity
The Center for Progressive Christianity is an organization that is dedicated to "creating open and welcoming communities of faith [and] developing strategies for evangelism that do not assume the absolute superiority of Christianity so that we do not contribute to the world's tragic divisions." Their Web site offers news, articles, an event calendar, and a lively discussion board. The site also offers a group search for instructions on how to set up one's own local chapter.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. The group offers publications, resources for professional development for teachers and aids in community engagement.
First Amendment Schools
First Amendment Schools is a national reform initiative to change how schools teach the First Amendment. The site's resources include First Amendment publications, columnists, research packages, Supreme Court files, lesson plans, and applications for affiliate schools.
Foundation for Free Expression
The American Booksellers' Foundation for Free Expression is the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship and one of the main sponsors of the ALA Banned Book Week. The Web site offers a store for anti-censorship material, and an online auction for booksellers to purchase material for free expression, and information regarding censorship.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives. This Web site provides any and all information necessary to those interested in MPAC, with links to press releases, recent government activities, community action, perspectives, and links to news stories both national and international.
National Conference for Community and Justice
The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), founded in 1927 as The National Conference for Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.
PEN American Center
PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. The Center has a membership of 2,900 distinguished writers, editors, and translators.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Forum is a project of the Pew Research center, "seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs." The Web site offers links to articles dealing with contemporary religious issues from the leading national newspapers, as well as transcripts of interviews and discussions conducted by the Forum.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders documents cases of suppression of the freedom of the press throughout the world. Their site keeps a tally of journalists threatened, injured or killed in the line of duty. The site is now tri-lingual (French, English and Spanish) in an effort to keep the public up-to-date.
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
The Tanenbaum Center is a leader in providing practical programs so urgently needed to prevent the growing problem of verbal and physical conflict perpetrated in the name of religion. They are a non-sectarian organization that addresses unresolved tensions by helping to change behaviors in religiously-diverse workplaces, schools and in areas of armed conflict. Tanenbaum's Web site describes the services and programs they provide, as well as publications and transcripts that offer a wealth of information on religion, religiously-motivated peacemaking and diversity issues.
FAITH & SCIENCE
Since long before Galileo's day new discoveries have caused controversy with traditional religious beliefs and scientist and lay-people have struggled to reconcile their faith with the current science. These sites offer information on the continuing and evolving questions that arise out of religious beliefs and scientific findings and represent a wide spectrum of opinion.
The Center for Inquiry
The Center for Inquiry aims to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason and their applications to human conduct.
The Discovery Institute
The Discovery Institute, based in Seattle, is among the largest proponents of the intelligent design argument. Their site contains a wealth of articles and a very active weblog. The Discovery Institute is frequently called in suits related to the teaching of evolution in U.S. schools, including the December 2005 case in which a federal judge ruled against teaching intelligent design in science classes.
Center for the Study of Science and Religion
at Columbia University's Earth Institute
The Center for the Study of Science and Religion (CSSR) was founded in the summer of 1999 "To reconsider the large question - is the natural normative? - from both scientific and religious perspectives at once, and to examine the social, medical and political implications of our current inability to reach a single answer. It is an interdisciplinary, inter-school, collaborative forum for the examination of issues lying at the boundary of the scientific and religious ways of comprehending the world and our place in it."
Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
The central scientific focus of CTNS is on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. "CTNS engages in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda focuses on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda attends primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and indigenous spiritualities."
Evolution: Religion; Science and Faith
Transcript of a roundtable discussion on evolution and religion with panelists Francisco Ayala, Mark Noll, Arthur Peacocke, and Robert Pollack. This group of panelists grapples with the question: Can one be a believer of evolution and still hold religious beliefs? The entire discussion is available on the Web site.
THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design
Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, a physical anthropologist, and Richard Thompson, the president of the Thomas More Law Center, offer their insights and opinions on Intelligent Design. Broken into seven separate topics, each section has a full transcript of their conversations as well streaming video of the broadcast.
Science and Theology News
The online version of Science and Theology News covers current modern issues affecting religion. With links to articles, research, discussions, books, and translated stores, this Web site offers various perspectives and viewpoints on the relationship between religion, science, and health.
GENDER AND RELIGION
The place of the female in religious systems is as varied today as it has been throughout history. Women in the Western world are consistently defining themselves as religious at a rate higher than men do. Use the sites below to find out more about women, faith and religion.
Women and Religion Resources
This massive collection of annotated links is maintained by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which seeks to strengthen and enhance education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities. Resources range from academic institutions to affinity group sites.
Internet Sacred Texts Archive: Women
This Web site offers a look into the various religions of the world from a female perspective. It includes archives of historic feminist texts, information about Goddess-oriented spirituality and Amazons, as well as gender-related writings from various other religions and cultures.
Women and Religion: University of Toronto
An incredibly large annotated list of resources on women and religion, covering general topics as well as relations between women and specific religions.
Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School
The graduate program's site offers a number of links for further research into the study of women and religion.
MYTHS & SACRED TEXTS
From collections of classical poetry to international sacred texts the Internet offers a wealth of primary sources and scholarly analysis of myths and sacred texts.
Beliefnet.com: Sacred Texts
Comprehensive source for links of the scared texts from Baha'i to Zoroastrianism.
Complete searchable edition of the 19th-century classic. Bullfinch's many volumes inlcude tales from the Olympus of Zeus and the Valhalla of Thor, to the Round Table of King Arthur and the escapades of Robin Hood.
The Encyclopedia Mythica is an award winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. This easy-to-search and well organized Web site covers an extensive range of topics.
H-Oralhist is a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is affiliated with the Oral History Association. A search of the archives will turn up tales from sacred stories from Cambodia to voices from the Berkeley student protests.
A Greek mythology Web site geared towards a younger audience, mythweb offers various stories on the gods and heroes of Greek Mythology, as well as an indexed and searchable encyclopedia. Mythweb also offers links to other mythology Web sites for further research and information.
Women in Greek Myths
A listing of all the women in Greek Mythology, from goddesses to humans. It also includes a gallery with paintings of various women in Greek mythology, as well as quizzes, links, and myths.