Judaism, Christianity, Religious Studies, Mysticism
Religions There is now consensus agreement in the United States that public,
taxpayer funded schools should be educating students about religions. See this article
by Susan Douglass --in the journal The World in the Classroom (60:2) 2002--
which discusses how teachers (in the secular environment of the United States) can
teach ABOUT religions and how to understand them,
without crossing the line that separates church and state and without entering into the
parochial domain of teaching students to profess and practice religions.
Table of Contents
the Bible (both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament; or search by individual
book) using the
Revised Standard Edition. (Link fixed, 5/1/98)
Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) This
translation is especially formatted for the Web and contains linked
commentaries. This site is run by the World ORT Union. (Fixed, 12 Dec.
1998 and August 20, 2002). To search in English,
check the box to the left of the word
Britannica: Judaism a comprehensive
article covering Jewish history and beliefs, written by a number of
scholars of Judaism. (Link fixed August 20,
2002, but only accessible to subscribers or
at a library, such as UGA, that has a
Judaism 101: An
On-line Encyclopedia of Judaism
"covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture,
holidays, practices and customs." This site, compiled by Tracey Rich, a
traditional observant Jew (and graduate of UGA Law School), provides
information about Judaism, written from a traditional
perspective in plain English."
of Jewish Belief (link fixed 18 August 2005) Excellent on-line texts of Judaism collected by A.
Engler Anderson. (Offline 20 August 2002.)
of Judaism, including Tanakh (Hebrew Bible),
Talmud, Aggadic literature (Ginzberg's
massive classic Legends
of the Jews), and others.
Dead Sea Scrolls is a reliable scholarly site connected with
an exhibit of the scrolls at the U.S. Library of Congress.
Studies, a comprehensive academic site compiled by Professor Mahlon
Smith at Rutgers University and providing a gateway to major links for
general resources for the study of Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Judean
Commonwealth, Tannaitic Period, Talmud, Jewish Diaspora, Jewish Mysticism
(Kabbalah), and Modern Judaism. (Link fixed July 15, 2000.)
The Judaism and Jewish Resources Page is a comprehensive mega-page
Jewish Terminololgy, from Tracey Rich's Judaism 101, mentioned
(Link fixed July 15, 2000.)
Olam Ha-Ba: The Afterlife in
This article on Jewish eschatology answers most questions that are
generally asked about Jewish views of the Hereafter and Salvation.
Psychology: The soul and its levels by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan.
Prayer, Worship, and Mysticism, written by Prof. David Blumenthal of
Emory University, is the title of an article on the man
who is generally acknowledged to be the greatest Jewish thinker of the
Mysticism: The Ultimate Goal of Medieval Judaism written by Prof.
David Blumenthal, deals with the mysticism of Maimonides and highlights
the importance of spiritual experience.
is Battering Whom? written by Prof. David Blumenthal, sketches out a
post-holocaust Jewish theology centered on the necessity for Jews to be
distrustful of God and to have a theology of sustained suspicion.
covering both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and compiled by the
Association for Religion and Intellectual Life (ARIL), which also
publishes the scholarly journal Cross Currents.
Resources for the Study of Judaism and
Christianity, compiled at the University of
Pennsylvania. (Link fixed, 20 August 2002.)
Bible Study Tools In order to limit your
search to the New Testament (NT), instead of "Whole Bible" option, click on the arrow
to the right of "Whole Bible" and choose NT. This site also contains useful links to
Bible concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and lexicons among other things.
Synoptic Gospel Primer
Stunningly well-done site by Professor Mahlon Smith of Rutgers that clearly describes
both the problem of the differing accounts of Jesus found in the Gospels as well as the
solutions--throughout history and today-- to understanding this problem. (Fixed, July
Catholic Guide to Biblical Interpretation (link fixed 18 August 2005): Exploring the Many Worlds of Scripture
with Faith, Reason and Praxis, by Dr. John Gresham of Fontbonne University, Paul VI
Institute and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. This is a remarkable website covering in a
concise yet substantial manner the spectrum of the major facets of Biblical
interpretation. This should be essential reading material for students of religion.
Manuscripts An important step in interpreting a text is establishing the best
possible reconstruction of the original (if the original is no longer extant). This
often requires painstaking research involving the word by word comparison of multiple
manuscripts. This website, constructed by Timothy W. Seid, Ph.D., Associate Dean of
Distributed Learning, Earlham School of Religion (Indiana), provides an excellent
discussion of the scholarship involved in working with ancient manuscripts, although
the examples given are from New Testament scholarship. It includes a useful glossary.
Britannica: Christianity is a
comprehensive article written by a number of scholars and dealing with the
history of Christianity and its
doctrines. (Link fixed August 20,
2002, but only accessible to subscribers or
at a library, such as UGA, that has a
Tradition A comprehensive index of resources for the study of
Christianity compiled and updated by Professor Mahlon Smith of Rutgers.
The Fathers of the
Church consists of an alphabetically organized list of web pages
containing both numerous online texts written by the Church Fathers as
well as their biographies (taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia).
Encyclopedia of Early Church History, The Ecole Initiative (link fixed 18 August 2005), compiled
at the University of Evansville.
Church Documents (link fixed 18 August 2005) These on-line early Christian classics have also
been compiled by the Ecole Initiative.
Guide to Early Church Documents, developed by the Institute for
Christian Leadership (ICL) (Offline as of July
13, 2000 but online on August 20, 2002.)
Theology Links, organized according to
Professor Bryan Stone of the Boston University
School of Theology.
The 1913 Catholic
Encyclopedia has many on-line articles.
Library: Classic Christian books in electronic format, for on-line
reading; developed at Wheaton College.
links compiled by the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life
APS Guide to
Resources in Theology (link fixed 18 August 2005) covers Christian theology and has sections
devoted to Anglican, Catholic, Ecumenical, Evangelical, Orthodox,
Protestant, and textual resources, and more.
This list of annotated links is housed at the
website of the Faculty of Theology at the
University of Toronto.
and Historical Theology Containing sections dealing with Patristic
Theology, Church History until 1200 AD, Church History from 1200-1600,
Mystical Theology in the Christian East, and various other links; this
page was compiled by librarians at the College of St. Benedict and St.
Resources is largely a concisely described list of on-line linked
primary texts in
Christian spirituality, although a few other Western traditions are
included. The source of this page is the library at the College of St.
Benedict and St. John's University. (Fixed July 13, 2000.)
Depicting Biblical Themes and Figures and Later
Christians of Significance (link fixed 18 August 2005) This list of linked images was compiled by
the Ecole Initiative.
Icons, written by an anonymous nun, consists of an
article on three linked pages in which the philosophy of icon
painting and the role of icons in Christianity is elucidated. It
includes a brief glossary of the "graphic language"
displayed in icons.
Christian Way to Transformation, by M. Basil Pennington, Trappist
Monk, currently the Abbot of the
Monastery of the Holy
GA. Originally this article was published in Spirituality
Today, Fall 1983, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 220-229.
World Scripture: A
Anthology of Sacred Texts This on-line book illustrates the
thematic unity of the world's religions. (Back on-line 3/8/98)
From Primitives to Zen a hypertext version of this major work of comparative
religion, consists of thematically arranged passsages from traditional religious texts.
Eliade, formerly professor of Religion at the
University of Chicago, was one of
important figures in the field of the comparative study of religion.
World Religions Photo
Library courtesy of Christine Osborne in the UK.
The Need for Paradigms and Models,
excerpted from Samuel Huntington's The Clash of
Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
is the title of an article in the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia
Online. The article contains scholarly discussions of both Modernity in
as well as the Mennonites and their relationship to Modernity.
focusing on the relationship between "tradition" and modernity,
is one of the Reith Lectures, given in 1999 by Anthony
director of the London School of Economics. This is a pdf file, which can
be read by Adobe Acrobat.
Definition of Modernity is a brief definition by Anthony Giddens.
Geertz on Modernity (link fixed 18 August 2005) For a number of reasons, among them being
modernity's general conflict with religion, students of religion must
attempt to understand modernity. This excerpt from an article by Geertz,
one of the most prominent anthropologists, can be a starting point for
American Academy of
Religion (AAR) is the main academic organization for scholars in
Religious Studies. (Link fixed, October 27, 2002)
on the Annual Meeting of the AAR for the year 2004. The 2004 annual
meeting will take place November 20-23, in San Antonio, TX. (Link fixed, January 24,
Call for Papers, for the year 2004 annual meeting. (The deadline is March 1, 2004.)
(Link fixed, January 24, 2004)
of the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2003. The 2004 program
book will not be ready until as least a few months after the deadline for the call
to papers. (Link fixed, January 24, 2004).
Society for the Scientific
Study of Religion (SSSR)
Thursby's Religious Studies Page Professor Thursby, of the University
of Florida, has developed this extensive and well-designed web site that
is particularly useful as a gateway to other informative sites in
Religion Index of Professor Mahlon Smith at Rutgers University is
another high-quality comprehensive site of links that have been
organized and chosen on the basis of their usefulness to students of
Religion. (Fixed, December 20, 2000)
Overview of World
Religions when completed it will contain surveys of the major religions and their
sects. As of November 9, 2001, however, it is not complete. This is a project of St.
Martin's College (UK).
God in Cyberspace (link fixed 18 August 2005) of John Gresham, professor and librarian at
Academic Information on Religious Studies and Comparative
Religion, compiled by Mike Madin, a librarian at the University of
Washington. This is now the comprehensive Religion site for Academic Info, a
premier umbrella site for academic and scholarly information on the Web.
and Theology Resources (link fixed 18 August 2005) describes some of the best web resources for
the study of Religion. This link, on the home page of the Humbul
Humanities Hub (which may be the premier Humanities computing guide in
the UK), is an extract from the book CTI
Textual Studies Guide to Digital Resources for the Humanities (Oxford:
Humanities Computing Unit, 2000).
Studies Page--University of California, Santa Barbara (link fixed 18 August 2005)
World Lecture Hall:
Religious Studies (link fixed 18 August 2005) contains excellent links to lecture notes and
classes in the field of Religious Studies.
Syllabi for the
Teaching of Courses in Religious Studies (link fixed 18 August 2005) Organized by subject
and compiled under the auspices of the American Academy of Religion.
Resources for Teaching Religion (link fixed 18 August 2005) Compiled under the auspices of the
American Academy of Religion.
Association of Peer-Reviewed Electronic Journals in
Religion Contains a useful list of online peer-reviewed journals in a variety of
areas pertinent to the study of religion.
comprehensive website for the study and discussion of the world's belief systems.
Religions of the
World and Ecology (link fixed 18 August 2005), developed at the Harvard Center for the Study of
World Religions, includes an essay on religion and the crisis in world
ecology titled The Nature of
the Environmental Crisis (link fixed 18 August 2005) by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.
Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis (link fixed 18 August 2005), is Lynn White, Jr.'s
famous indictment of Christianity for its role in shaping our negative
attitudes towards nature.
of Religion Pages, (link fixed, Nov. 30, 2000) compiled by Prof. Michael Nielsen of
Southern University, is a comprehensive site consisting of a number of
pages on topics such as "Methods of Research in Psychology of Religion,"
"William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience,"
"The Future of the field of 'Psychology of Religion'," "Resources
in Psychology of Religion," "Religion and Mental Health," and "Links to
Ontological Hermeneutics, from Hermeneutics: From Textual
Explication to Computer Understanding? by John C. Mallery, Roger
Hurwitz, and Gavan Duffy, published in The Encyclopedia of Artificial
Intelligence, Stuart C. Shapiro, editor. In this selection, the
authors discuss Heidegger's understanding of the "hermeneutic circle."
UGA Dept. of Religion Home
Page Here at the University of Georgia, our department offers courses
in the major religions of the world and programs of study leading to a BA
or MA degree in Religion.
Resources, compiled by Prof. Gene Thursby of the University of
Florida, contains links to many of the world's mystical traditions as well
as a variety of tools for scholars.
Gateway to Mysticism
in World Religions The author of this site, Deb Platt, is a Christian
woman whose purpose in developing her site is to foster mutual respect
and religious tolerance, as well as to illustrate the unity in the
diversity of the world's religions.
Spiritual Life and
the Survival of Christianity: Reflections at the End of the
Millenium, from the journal Cross Currents and written by the
highly regarded scholar
Louis Dupre, a Christian Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.
Mysticism Have To Teach Us About Consciousness? a paper by Professor
Robert Forman, an important American scholar in the study of mysticism.
Modern Constructivists on Mysticism, subtitled Epistemological
Monomorphism Versus Duomorphism In this article from the journal
and West, Professor Robert Forman discusses one of the most
significant and hotly debated
issues in the study of mysticism, the claim of mystics that their
mystical experiences go beyond simply being human constructs.
The Sefirot: Kabbalistic Archetypes
of Mind and Creation by
Sanford L. Drob, Ph.D., the head forensic psychologist and Director of
Psychological Assessment at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In the
view of Jewish mystics, the sefirot "are the archetypes through which God
has structured both the cosmos and the human mind."
The Basic Postulates
of Analytical Psychology (link fixed 18 August 2005), chapter 9
from Carl Jung's Modern Man in Search of a Soul, sketches out the
historical process of the Western intellectual reduction of the "soul" or
"matter" and then advances a solution to the problem of our understanding
of the soul.
Nature of Archetypes,by Prof. Charles T. Davis of Appalachian State
University, discusses Jung's view of these forces that shape
both matter and mind.
The Ambiguity of Matter in
Cross Currents (Spring 1998, vol. 48, issue 1) by
Huston Smith -- former professor of religion at MIT, Syracuse, and the University of
California, Berkeley -- who is one of the foremost scholars of comparative religion.
Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and
Modernity is a new scholarly journal devoted to clarifying perennial wisdom in the
context of modernity.
Sophia: The Journal of Traditional
Studies By tradition the editors mean "realities of ultimately sacred origin" that
provide people with four
things: sources of true knowledge, meaning for life, principles for moral action, and
inspiration. Published by the Foundation
for Traditional Studies, the
president of which is Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Spirit Project an extensive web-directory of sites dealing
primarily with "New Age"
spirituality and personal growth.
Narratives of Followers of Various Non-mainstream Spiritual Leaders and
In the Magical
Soup: Meditations on Twenty Years of Cult Living written by
former cult member Kamlapadi
Kaur Khalsa on her experience within Yogi Bhajan's 3HO (Healthy, Happy,
and Holy Organization), in which Kundalini Yoga is practiced and the Sikh
Dharma is followed. The author goes beyond mere criticism and shares the
wisdom that she learned from her experience.
Monkey's Tale On the Divine Person: Leelas in Praise of Beloved Da,
Adi Da Love-Ananda, Samrajm Eleutherios, The Bright Ruchira Buddha
written by Frank Marrero, a devotee of Da, aka Da Free John, this
narrative expresses the ecstatic rapture and love that envelops many
devotees of even controversial and scandal-plagued spiritual teachers.