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Theological Resources on the Internet


This collection of links to selected theological information, most of which is available freely on the Internet, is intended to assist theology faculty and students in doing their research. The resources are grouped according to several categories. For a list of theological resources which focuses primarily on library materials restricted to Oral Roberts University faculty and students, go to the Resources by Discipline page and browse the theology section.

To access restricted resources when off campus, ORU students and faculty may use their Novell user name and password to log on here.


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See also The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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    Religious News

  • ReligionLink: Resources for Reporters
  • ReligionLink is "a resource from the Religion Newswriters Association and its foundation. Each free, biweekly edition contains story ideas about religion, public policy and culture, including sources, background and web links." See also religious news headlines at ReligionWriters.com, the Web site of the Religion Newswriters Foundation.
    http://www.religionlink.org/index.php
     
  • Religion Today
  • A news page provided by Crosswalk.com which "look[s] at the people, issues and events impacting Christians in America and around the world."
    http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/
     
  • ZENIT - The Word Seen from Rome
  • "We aim to view the modern world through the messages of the Pope and the Holy See; tell about the happenings of the Church; and inform about the topics, debates and events that are especially interesting to Christians worldwide."
    http://www.zenit.org/index.php?l=english
     

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    Spirituality

  • Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
  • Featuring full text articles and books by Fr. Thomas Keating, this is the Web site of a "spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities" who are "committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life through the practice of Centering Prayer."
    http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org
     
  • My Upmost for His Highest
  • The classic daily devotional book by Oswald Chambers.
    http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php
     
  • Spirituality
  • Spirituality is "a quarterly journal of contemporary spirituality... [that] contains articles that deal with various aspects of Christian Spirituality and their application to everyday life." Full text articles from 1998 to 2004 are available online at FindArticles.com.
    http://www.spiritual-life.org
     
  • Spiritual Life Center
  • Includes Your Daily Guide to Miracles (a daily devotional guide, formerly titled Daily Blessing), Through the Bible in 2003 (daily Scripture readings), keyword Bible search capability, and other inspirational, faith-building literature. Provided by Oral Roberts Ministries.
    http://portal.orm.cc/servlet/page?_pageid=1007,1250&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30
     
  • Upper Room Ministries
  • "The Upper Room® is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, Upper Room Ministries® has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service."
    http://www.upperroom.org/
     
  • Who's Who in the History of Western Mysticism
  • This page by Professor Bruce B. Janz "only covers Western mysticism to about 1700... [It] was originally constructed for a course called 'Philosophy of Western Mysticism.'"
    http://www.religiousworlds.com/mystic/whoswho.html
     

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    Statistics

  • Adherents.com
  • "A growing collection of over 41,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations -- references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc."
    http://www.adherents.com
     
  • American Religious Identification Survey
  • "What do adults say in America today when asked about their religion? How many belong to a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or some other place of worship? How many change their religion in the course of their lives? What is the mix of religious identification among American couples? These are among the many probing questions in the first large-scale national survey of religious identification conducted among Americans in the twenty-first century, and summarized in this report."
    http://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/research_briefs/aris/aris_index.htm
     
  • American Religion Data Archive
  • "The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) is a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and acts to preserve quantitative data on American religion, to improve access to this data, to increase the use of the data, and to allow comparisons across data files. The ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations)."
    http://www.thearda.com/arda.asp?Show=Home
     
  • Barna Research Online
  • Developed by Barna Research Group, Ltd. (BRG), this site provides information and analysis regarding cultural trends and the Christian Church.
    http://www.barna.org
     
  • Faith Communities Today
  • This site provides a public profile of religion at the local congregational level. The Faith Communities Today project was initiated to enhance the capacity of participating faith groups to conduct and use congregational research.
    http://fact.hartsem.edu
     

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    Syllabi

  • AAR Syllabus Project
  • Religion syllabi online provided by the American Academy of Religion.
    http://www.aarweb.org/syllabus/default.asp
     
  • Oral Roberts University Syllabi
  • The ORU syllabi from fall 1999 to the present are searchable by term and by department.
    http://ntsrv50.oru.edu/servlet/page?_pageid=1120&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30
     
  • World Lecture Hall
  • "Publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language." Syllabi, class notes, and audio and video materials are some resources available. Click "Browse by Area" and select "Religious Studies" to see a list of online religious studies courses.
    http://web.austin.utexas.edu/wlh
     

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    Tutorials

  • Internet Theologian
  • A free "teach yourself" tutorial on Internet information skills for theology. Similar tutorials are also available for religious studies and for philosophy. Has an international perspective.
    http://www.humbul.ac.uk/vts/theology/index.htm
     


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