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Research the Christian Faith
Some of the World's finest Research sites and thousands of related links dedicated to providing Information about the U.S. Church compiled in one place for the Serious and Casual Researcher.
General Research Sites
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.
Institute for Religion & Democracy
Institute on Religion & Democracy consists of five communities that exist to give flesh to the IRD’s mission of working to reform churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad: United Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Evangelical and Ecumenical.
The Barna Group
Barna Research Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. The firm is widely considered to be the leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture.
Association of Religion Data Archive (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion.
American Academy of Religion
American Academy of Religion In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. The American Academy of Religion's mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion.
University & Seminary Sites
Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. If you enjoy Medieval Research this is an amazing resource! In fact, there are dozens of amazing links here as well.
Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a thirty-five year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.
Andover-Harvard Theological Seminary
Andover-Harvard Theological Libraries The e-resources most often used at Harvard Divinity School are highlighted on these pages. Most topic headings correspond to Harvard Divinity School’s curriculum. A HarvardKey login is required for most of these resources outside of Harvard libraries.
Princeton Religion Research Center encourages greater intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary scholarly studies about religion among faculty and students in the humanities and social sciences. The Center is committed to scholarly research and teaching that examines religion historically and normatively in its diverse manifestations.
The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.
U.S. Government Sites
Library of Congress A treasure trove of information about religion in the U.S. and elsewhere. The twenty monasteries which comprise the historic and legendary yet largely inaccessible monastic complex on Mt. Athos in Greece house a rich collection of over 11,000 manuscripts.
Guide to Early Church Documents are hypertext documents containing pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history. Authentic collecion of Early Church writings and decisions
History of Black Churches in the South The hundred texts selected specifically for "The Church in the Southern Black Community" are primarily books, together with a few pamphlets and journal articles. To these have been added a number of slave narratives. The collection traces how Southern African Americans experienced and disenfranchisement, segregation, and bigotry. Also included are early twentieth-century assessments of black scholars on the Church's role in American history and society.
Early American History Sites
Reformed and Puritan Books Interest in solid Reformed and Puritan works continues to grow today because without a doubt, they are the most Christ-glorifying works in church history. However, many readers find these old works hard to understand...
Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch Trials The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later.
American Society of Church History
American Society of Church History is the scholarly study of the history of Christianity and its relationship to surrounding cultures in all periods, locations and contexts. Through publications conferences, awards, research support, and other means, the Society encourages the study of the Christian church and faith, its figures and movements, in institutional and non-institutional settings...
Social Influence Sites
empty tomb is located in Champaign, Illinois. It is a Christian service and research organization. empty tomb, inc. serves the church in different ways, providing both a financial discipleship strategy and information about church giving patterns on a national level. On a local level in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area, empty tomb, inc. provides opportunities for volunteers to become involved in meeting various needs in Jesus' name.
CARM-Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible. We examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism, Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, (and more), along with Christian preachers and teachers. In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity.
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