Resources in the Study of Religion

Links for students of Religion to resources on writing and research and introduce our student organizations.

Institutionally, a main resource for all students interested in Religious Studies is the College of Arts and Science’s webpage Graduate Students should consult the University Graduate School website:

American Academy of Religion: In 1909, Professor Ismar J. Peritz of Syracuse University conceived the idea of forming a new organization for professors and scholars of Biblical Studies. Its purpose was to stimulate scholarship and teaching in religion. During that year, Professor Peritz along with three colleagues—Irving Wood of Smith College, Raymond C. Knox of Columbia University, and Olive Dutcher of Mount Holyoke College—founded the Association of Biblical Instructors in American Colleges and Secondary Schools, which held its first program the following year.

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences: The purpose of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is to serve the faculty, students and staff of the 1000+ interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around the world. We seek to strengthen teaching, research and service in environmental studies and sciences, and to improve communication across boundaries that too often divide the traditional academic disciplines. The Association works to support the professional development of Association members not just as individuals but also to advance Environmental Studies and Sciences as a whole.

Association for Jewish Studies: The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) was founded in 1969 by a small group of scholars seeking a forum for exploring methodological and pedagogical issues in the new field of Jewish Studies. Since its founding, the AJS has grown into the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide. As a constituent organization of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association for Jewish Studies represents the field in the larger arena of the academic study of the humanities and social sciences in North America. The organization's primary mission is to promote, facilitate, and improve teaching and research in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning. Its more than 1800 members are university faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and museum and related professionals who represent the breadth of Jewish Studies scholarship. The organization's institutional members represent leading North American programs and departments in the field.

BBC, Religions: Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Catholic Theological Society of America: The CTSA is the principal association of Catholic theologians in North America. With a membership of more than 1300, the CTSA is the largest professional society of theologians in the world. Active members of the Society hold the doctorate in theology or a related discipline. The purpose of the CTSA is to promote theological research in the Roman Catholic tradition that is attentive to contemporary problems faced by the Church and the world.

Religion in Society 2013: This knowledge community brings scholars, teachers and practitioners together an annual conference, a scholarly journal, a book series and an online community to reflect on the relationships of religion and spirituality to society.

The Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The inaugural conference was held at the University Center, Chicago, USA in 2011. The second conference was held at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2012 , the third at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA in 2013, and the fourth at the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica.

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society and its companion book series are rapidly establishing themselves as authoritative sources of innovative thinking and productive discussions about these deeply meaningful and socially critical contemporary issues.

Program in the Study of Spirituality: "In the modern education system, you pay attention to the proper development of the brain. But you do not pay adequate attention to the development of the warm heart. So some sort of combination, the development of the good heart, the warm heart, and the development of the good brain, these must go together."

Religious Worlds: This web site offers information about religious traditions that appeared at first in the Middle East or West Asia as well as ones from South and East Asia.

(Traditions from Africa will take a place among them in future.) There are authorized copies of resources from two contributing scholars, too: 1)Research on the German historian of religion and theologian Rudolf Otto (1869-1937) by Gregory D. Alles. 2)The Fondarosa, a mirror of the original site in Ottawa that contains essays written by Marc Fonda. If you are a journalist rather than student of religions, please consult and

If you are simply are in a hurry, and do not like to be troubled by details, then see the Big Religion Chart or the CIA World Fact book. If you need a quick reflection of your own preferred religious orientation, then try Belief-O-Matic. To stimulate your thinking about controversial matters involving religion, see the Religion Dispatches blog.

Philosophy of Religion: The philosophy of religion is one of the most fascinating areas of philosophy. It addresses not only the perennial question Is there a God?, but also the questions If there is, then what is he like? and, most important of all, What does that mean for us? These are questions that everyone should ask themselves at some point. This site attempts to demystify the philosophy of religion, and so to help people to reach views on these questions.

Religion and Science: Counterbalance is currently working with organizations such as CTNS (the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences), to provide access to the very latest and most credible information in the emerging science and religion field.

Religion and Ecology: The objectives of the Forum on Religion and Ecology are to create a new academic field of study that has implications for environmental policy. To this end, the Forum has organized conferences, published books and articles, and developed a world class international web site on religion and ecology. In collaboration with the ecological sciences, the Forum is helping to identify the ethical dimensions by which the religions of the world can respond to the growing environmental crisis. In addition, inspired by the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, the Forum is creating a film called Journey of the Universe that will provide an integrating framework for understanding the story of the universe and the Earth from the perspectives of science and religion. This will ground environmental transformation in an evolutionary perspective regarding our profound relatedness to and dependence on the larger Earth community.

Religion and Nature: Interested in the source for information about the complex relationships among the religious perceptions and practices of the earth’s peoples and their diverse environments.

Religion and Sexuality: Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has supported gay and lesbian seminarians in many ways, not the least by opening its married student housing to gay couples. The school currently numbers many gay men and lesbians among its student body, faculty, and Board of Trustees, as well as a growing number of transgender students.

Sociology of Religion: The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an international scholarly association that seeks to advance theory and research in the sociology of religion. Formed in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society, ASR traces its roots to scholars in search of a hospitable place for both empirical study and social criticism animated by the social teachings of the church. Our 700+ members come from all continents of the world, and their interests and perspectives are just as diverse and global. The Association encourages and communicates research that ranges widely across the multiple themes and approaches in the study of religion, and is a focal point for comparative, historical and theoretical contributions to the field. In addition, the Association facilitates the sharing of members’ interests with sociologists in other associations and scholars of religion in other disciplines.

Asian Studies: Students interested in Asian studies should explore this program of Chinese and Japanese studies that supports the Master's and Bachelor's degree as well as a variety of advanced certificates and a minor. Asians Studies also hosts workshops, events, and performances have been an important factor in invigorating academic excellence and fostering opportunities for the interaction of students with leading scholars in Asian Studies from throughout the world.

The FIU Jewish Museum: From a collection of 6,000 items in 1992, the Museum now cares for more than 100,000 items ranging from the Museum buildings (restored 1936 Art Deco synagogue and restored 1929 Synagogue, both on the National Register of Historic Places) to a complete bound set of The Jewish Floridian (statewide Jewish weekly begun in 1928 and ending publication in 1990).

Information on Religion in Society Conference 2013

International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society 2012

The book of Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis by Marsha Ailen Hewitt