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
- McGill Library: Religious Studies: Bibliographical information and resources for religious studies.
- Centre For Research on Religion (CREOR): CREOR offers a broad academic platform to support research on the religions of the world and their contributions to past and present-day cultures, ethics and politics.
- ARDA – Association of Religion Data Archives: A major research and data collection hub for academic studies and statistics on religion.
- ATLA – American Theological Library Association: Religion Database with an index to journal articles, book reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology.
- Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs: A research center at Georgetown University (Jesuit) exploring the role of religion in global society. It includes an informative section on Catholicism and World Affairs with links to other useful resources.
- Center for Media, Religion and Culture: (School of Journalism, University of Colorado) Academic research into the intersection of religion and the media. See annotated Links Page of resources for media and religion.
- CRCC – Center for Religion and Civic Culture at University of Southern California: Explores the civic role of religion in a globalizing world. It explores themes and topics relevant to contemporary Catholicism.
- Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis: Focuses on the role of religion in American culture and politics.
- Center for the Study of Religion and Society at University of Notre Dame: This center provides a “social-scientific” approach to the study of contemporary religion and its impact on culture. The Catholic educational context of the project at Notre Dame University shapes the focus of some of its main research projects.
- CREOR – Centre for Research on Religion (McGill University): interdisciplinary platform for research on world religions and their contributions to past and present cultures. For recent contributions see: Lectures and Podcasts.
- CSRS- Center for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria, Canada: CSRS is dedicated to the scholarly study of religion in relation to all aspects of human society: law, politics, family, culture, the sciences, and the arts. It has a research focus on the Canadian context.
- Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University: A Princeton University research centre on religion, culture and politics.
- CROIR – Le Centre de ressources et d’observation de l’innovation religieuse: CROIR explores the changing role religion in culture and politics with a focus on the Quebec context.
- Pluralism Project at Harvard University: The Harvard project focus on the evolving forms of religious diversity and pluralism particularly within American culture.
- RAS – Religion and the State Project: Analyses the intersection between religions and governments and diverse patterns of governmental regulation of religion around the world.
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 Center: The 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
- BBC Religion and Ethics: BBC online offers a helpful resource site on world religious traditions, as well as current debates in moral and religious ethics. See also the resource page on Christianity.
- Centre For Media, Religion and Culture Links Page: A useful array of annotated links to resources on religion, media, and news.
- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (PBS): This PBS series aims at providing providing “distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world.”
- RD – Religion Dispatches: daily online magazine (USC) that publishes a mix of expert opinion, in-depth reporting, and updates on the intersections of religion with politics, culture, sexuality/gender, and science.
- RNS – Religious News Service: Non-sectarian news coverage of religion.
- Religion Facts: basic overviews of an array of religions
- Religioscope (Switzerland): A bilingual news and information on religion sensitive to historical perspectives.
- Religion Watch: (Religion Newswriters Association): Monitors major trends in religion, culture and politics.
- Reuters FaithWorld: International coverage of religion.
- The Revealer: (New York University, Department of Journalism) a “polypartisan” daily review of religion and culture. See the annotated links page, Revealing Links, for sites dealing with religion, news and the media.
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:
- Global Affairs Canada: International Human Rights – Religious Freedom: An office in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development promoting religious freedom as a human right priority in Canadian foreign affairs.
- U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF): established as an independent bi-partisan entity to monitor and develop policy recommendations on the state of religious freedom in the world. The Annual Reports on religious freedom in individual countries are a resource for researchers on religious freedom issues.
- U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): CIA World Factbook on Religion.
- India’s Ministry of Minority Affairs : mission to empower racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in India.
- Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs: primarily geared to governmental supervision and regulation of aspects of the Jewish tradition.
- Burmese Ministry of Religious Affairs (Myanmar): mission to promote the flourishing of Theravada Buddhism.
- China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs: responsible for overseeing China’s five officially recognized religious organizations.