General Resources on Religion

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These academic, research and information sites generally focus on all the major religions of the world.  They provide valuable resources on Catholicism and for situating this religious tradition within broader global religious trends.

              1. Academic Centres for the Study of Religion
              2. Research and Public Policy Institutes
              3. News/Information Websites
              4. Governmental Agencies on Religion 

1. Academic Centres for the Study of Religion

2. Research and Public Policy Institutes

    • Brookings Institute: Religion, Politics and Public Policy:  The Brookings Institute’s ongoing exploration of the intersection of religion and politics.
    • FGI – Faith and Globalization Initiative: an international network of universities promoting teaching and research on religion and globalization.
    • The Immanent Frame:  (Social Science Research Council) high-level academic blog on secularism, religion and the public sphere.
    • Pew Research CenterThe Pew Research Center is a major non-partisan “fact-tank” that provides information on issues, attitudes and trends shaping American and global culture. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.
    • The Pew Forum has a research focus on the role of religion in the public sphere and provides important social scientific, demographic and survey material on issues of religion, politics and globalization.
    • Religion-Online: More than 6,000 articles on diverse topics including: Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions, and Religious Education (Claremont School of Theology).

3. News/Information Websites

4. Governmental Agencies on Religion

State regulation and surveillance of religion harnesses religion to an array of domestic political or international  foreign policy purposes.  A number of countries have established governmental agencies and departments that focus on religion.

Below are a few diverse examples of formal government agencies monitoring or regulating religion: