General Religious Resources
The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information "just the facts". ReligionFacts does not promote any one religion or belief system nor even a particular view of religion. Our only "value statements" are these: (1) religion is interesting; (2) knowledge is good. (good resource, lots of info)
On this site, religious tolerance means:
"To extend religious freedom to people of all religious traditions, even though you may disagree with their beliefs and/or practices. This site describes both the positive and negative aspects of religions. This site describes dozens of faith groups, from Asatru to Christianity to Wicca to Zoroastrianism. We cover new religious movements, including dangerous cults. We describe ethical belief systems, like Agnosticism, Atheism and Humanism."
From the homepage: "Religions and human cultures are constantly being renewed and invigorated. This Religious Movements site provides a foundation for understanding how religious groups emerge, grow, stagnate, reinvigorate themselves, and sometimes die. While the focus of this site is on "new" religions, our concern with the processes of change and development leads us to an examination of groups that are older than the major Western monotheistic traditions, and some that are so new that they have few members and appear to exist primarily as web sites.
We also explore groups that are not really religions, but have characteristics that are very much like religions. Scholars typically identify them as quasi-religions, or para-religious organizations. The resources on this site are rather considerable. Students in my courses on the sociology of religion at the University of Virginia have created Profiles on more than two hundred groups.
These Profile pages provide links to significant web sites on each group, selected because they offer content that will better help the reader understand specific issues or traditions. In addition, each Profile page presents a print bibliography for those who wish to explore a particular group in depth.
This source provides message boards, faith calendars, news and current events, and information about 19 different religions. The website is maintained by the BBC so you can be fairly sure that information is accurate and up to date.
From the mission page: "The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago...In communities across the nation, our programs offer the Smithsonian experience to adults and young people alike. Work of Smithsonian scientists around the globe contributes to what we know about myriad subjects." This website is a great source for information about religious artifacts, culture and article references. Once you get to the site, type in whatever you are looking for in the search box.
About.com is a general website that covers a broad spectrum of topics. The Religion & Spirituality page lists quite a few religions. Each page has a variety of different articles and features that change continuously.
Our mission is to help people like you find, and walk, a spiritual path that will bring comfort, hope, clarity, strength, and happiness. Beliefnet is the largest spiritual web site. We are independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement. Our only agenda is to help you meet your spiritual needs.
Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. With rare exceptions, its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet, simply by clicking the edit this page link. The religion page has links to a variety of other sources and is set up in encyclopedia format.
www.history.com – When you reach this web page, type religion in the search box. A variety of articles, encyclopedia entries and references are available and updated regularly. This web site is maintained by The History Channel so it can be considered very reliable and current.
Suite101 is an eclectic online magazine featuring a heady blend of fresh opinions, candid recommendations and savvy commentary from more than 300 expert writers committed to getting, grabbing, and growing a readership of connoisseurs, devotees, enthusiasts as fascinated by the topic as they are. Once you click on the link, there is a menu that will direct you to articles on many religious topics.
From the web site introduction: "We wish to emphasize that the purpose of this website is not just to present existing knowledge, but rather to show that despite the postmodern view of 'no absolute truths', there is actually a very simple sensible language for understanding physical reality and thus knowing absolute truth... The purpose of this website is to describe what exists, such that we can correctly understand ourselves, and our connection to the universe / God from the Metaphysics of Space and Wave Structure of Matter. From this foundation, morality is both as an evolved human emotional construction and the guidance of actions from our necessary interconnection to the universe ('Do unto others as you would yourself ... ')." This web site contains many articles on many religions, philosophies and theories. Very interesting web site.
From the homepage: "Welcome to the largest freely available archive of full-text books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web."
This is a religion web directory with many links to many different world religions and resources. There is also a news section and a books and music section as well as a search option.
From the information page: "The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions. The message of World Religion Day is that, mankind, which has stemmed from one origin, must now strive towards the reconciliation of that which has been split up. Human unity and true equality depend not on past origins, but on future goals, on what we are becoming and whither we are going. The prime cause of age-old conflict between man and man has been the absence of one ethical belief, a single spiritual standard – one moral code." Website has links to information on 13 different world religions, origins of religions, statistics, poems, prayers and can be read in 3 languages.