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Free web sites on religion, sacred texts, cults, saints

World Religions

  • The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
    Begun in 1991, this site documents the contours of America's multi-religious society, explores new forms of interfaith engagement, and studies the impact of religious diversity here and in a global context. Also, the photographs are great.

  • Religion Facts
    Subtitled Just the facts on Religions, this site lists Major World Religions; Featured Religions; Other Religions; Religious Symbols; and Hot Articles; plus comparison charts.



  • History of Buddhism
    From the site: "The founder of Buddhism in this world is Buddha Shakyamuni. He was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, which was originally in northern India but is now part of Nepal. ‘Shakya’ is the name of the royal family into which he was born, and ‘Muni’ means ‘Able One’. His parents gave him the name Siddhartha and there were many wonderful predictions about his future. In his early years he lived as a prince in his royal palace but when he was 29 years old he retired to the forest where he followed a spiritual life of meditation. After six years he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India."

  • Buddhist Churches of America
    From the site: Whether you are a visitor looking to learn about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or a long-time member at one of our 60 temples across the country, we invite you to explore the online home of our BCA community. With churches and temples throughout the United States, we offer many exciting and educational programs for all ages. Founded over 110 years ago by pioneering Japanese immigrants, our Sanghas are vibrant communities embracing people from many walks of life. What brings us together is the desire to live our lives in the spirit of Amida Buddha – the Buddha of immeasurable Wisdom and Compassion."


  • Christian History
    Want to know what happened today in Christian History? Then, this is your site!

  • Religion Library: Christianity
    From the site: "Christianity developed out of Judaism in the 1st century C.E. It is founded on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and those who follow him are called "Christians." Christianity has many different branches and forms with accompanying variety in beliefs and practices. The three major branches of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, with numerous subcategories within each of these branches."

  • Women in Ancient Christianity: the New Discoveries
    Scholar Karen King examines the evidence concerning women's important place in early Christianity. She draws a surprising new portrait of Mary Magdalene and outlines the stories of previously unknown early Christian women.


  • Hindu Gods & Goddesses
    This site states if you ask the Hindu people which are their favorite gods/goddesses, they will say, "Well, of course, all Hindu gods and goddesses are the same god or divine energy, nameless and without form--but this is my favorite particular form!" The site gives wonderful background and portraits of the pantheon.

  • Hinduism in America
    Timeline from1780s to 2012.

  • Top 10 Hindu Deities
    From the site: Hindus have a multitude of gods and goddesses that symbolize the one abstract Supreme Being or Brahman. The most fundamental of Hindu deities are the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But many other gods such as Ganesha, Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, and goddesses like Lakshmi, Durga, Kali and Saraswati top the popularity chart with Hindus across the world.

  • Religion Library: Hinduism
    From the site: "Hinduism is a collective term applied to the many philosophical and religious traditions native to India. Hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder. Rather, the tradition understands itself to be timeless, having always existed. Indeed, its collection of sacred texts is known, as a whole, as Sanatana Dharma, "The Eternal Teaching.""

  • ISLAM:

  • Famous Muslims
    From Muhammad (570-632) to Malala Yousafzai (1997- )

  • Islam in America: From African Slaves to Malcolm X
    American Muslim history is longer than most might think, dating to the first slave ship landing in Virginia in 1619.

  • Religion Library: Islam
    From the site: "Islam is a monotheistic religious tradition that developed in the Middle East in the 7th century C.E. Islam, which literally means "surrender" or "submission," was founded on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world. The Quran, the sacred text of Islam, contains the teachings of the Prophet that were revealed to him from Allah."


  • The Arab/Muslim World: Jews in Islamic Countries
    Includes The Levant; Arabian Gulf; North Africa; Official Anti-Semitism; Treatment of Jews; and Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries.

  • Modern Jewish History: Jews in America
    Includes History; In Government & Politics; In Business & Society; In the Military; Religion, Culture & Relations; and Organization & Affiliation.


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