The Wabash Center Religion on the Web for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is a selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are teaching or studying religion and theology at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Beginning in summer 2011, the Wabash Center will partner with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) to combine the 600 syllabi housed on the AAR’s Syllabus Project website with the more than 1200 syllabi linked from the Wabash Center’s Religion on the Web. The syllabi are fully integrated into the links of Religion on the Web, but they can also be searched independently.
Search for Syllabi
Religion on the Web is accessible through several taxonomies and search features:
This taxonomy organizes
Religion on the Web into various aspects of
religion, distinct religious traditions, and religions associated with
specific geographic areas.
This taxonomy lists significant theologians, philosophers, and writers, both in alphabetical and chronological order.
This taxonomy organizes the websites into carefully parsed "genres" or
types of site-content (e.g., maps, listserv discussion groups, official
web pages of religious bodies, scholarly societies, etc.).
Search for Syllabi
Syllabi are fully integrated into the links found through the Subject Heading and Personal and Heading lists, but the "Search for Syllabi" page allows you to type in key terms and see only results for syllabi.
This page allows you to type in key terms and phrases, and limit your search to certain kinds of websites.
Religion on the Web distinguishes between several types of websites:
electronic texts (links to a book or collection of books)
electronic journals (links to the home page of a journal or sometimes a particular article)
images (links to sites that are primarily a database of images)
bibliographies (links to sites that are primarily bibliographies)
other websites (links that do not obviously fit into one of these other genres)
Criteria for Selecting Sites:
- Useful, significant content (sites which offer primary texts, scholarly journal articles, bibliographies, and so forth, are looked on with favor; sites which merely offer links to other sites are only useful if they are well organized and provide leads to significant content).
- Institutional origin (this is not an absolute rule, though it is often the case that a site sponsored by an institution is of higher quality than a site offered by a single individual)
- Free access (sites which try to collect money from visitors are rarely linked to from this site)
- Good web page design (sites with garish backgrounds, pop up windows, confusing navigation, flashing words, unnecessary use of frames and graphics, unidentified authorship, etc., may be excluded on that account)
- Correct spelling and grammar (sites which say: "I hope to peek your interest in the main tenants of my moral principals ..." etc. are looked on with disfavor)
- English language (most, but not all, of the sites linked to here are in English)
indicates the top recommended sites. Those sites that do not have this mark are still of good quality, or they would not have been listed. The Top Site designation serves as a further step of quality control, to lead those who are pressed for time to the best resources as quickly as possible.
Disclaimer: The presence of a link within this guide does not imply an endorsement of the contents of that site by the Wabash Center or the maintainer of this guide. The contents of some sites may offend the religious feelings of some people. The possibility that a site may cause offense is not one of the criteria that are used for placing or not placing links on any particular page within this guide.
Suggest A Link We welcome suggestions and recommendations from our users. If you are responsible for maintaining a site linked to from Religion on the Web and would like to report an important change to the site or a new url, please click on the "Suggest a Link" icon on any page in the guide.
This guide is created and maintained by:
Charles Bellinger (M.S.L.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D. University of Virginia), Theological Librarian and Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Bellinger does not have time to assist people with homework assignments.
Funding from the Lilly Endowment has made this project possible.
Further information on the creation of this guide: Charles Bellinger. "The Creation of the Wabash Center Internet Guide." Journal of Religious and Theological Information 3/3-4 (2001): 87-96. Published simultaneously in Theological Librarians and the Internet: Implications for Practice, edited by Mark Stover, 87-96. New York: Haworth Press, 2001.
This guide is a service to the academic community provided by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Nadine Pence, Director: WabashCenter@Wabash.edu