compiles membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 world religions, churches, denominations, tribes, cultures, etc. Researchers can use this site to answer such questions as "How many Lutherans live in Wisconsin?", "What are the major religions of India?", or "What percentage of the world is Muslim?" Adherents.com also has detailed lists of influential and famous adherents of over 100 different religious groups (famous Methodists, Jews, Zoroastrians, etc.), and lists of prominent people (actors, politicians, authors, U.S. presidents, artists, Supreme Court justices, etc.) classified by religious affiliation. These lists are linked to thousands of detailed religious/spiritual biographies.
Reviews and ratings of Biblical, theological, and practical Christian works
provides “free access on the Internet to the finest, most trustworthy biblical truths and materials.”
- Bible Suite
include a varity of online resources include an online Bible, original language tools, reference materials, study resources, and much more.
- Christian Classics Etheral Library (CCEL)
seeks to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.
- DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
covers over 6900 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. It aims to cover all subjects and languages. Browse a specific subject category to view journals available in that area, i.e., “Philosophy and Religion.”
- Free Full Text Religion Journals on the Internet
is a rather comprehensive list of around 600 theological journals that are freely available in English on the web. The list is courtesy of Dr. John Jaeger of Dallas Baptist University.
- Global Missiology
provides quarterly updates on the world-wide mission of the Church. It offers “contributions from international researchers, practitioners and scholars who have a global perspective.” Select a language, then enter your terms in the “Search” box.
- IPL2: Internet Public Library 2
is a gateway to bibliographies of free resources, but also includes encyclopedia articles and other online texts. Some areas to look at:
- <Newspapers & Magazines> (choose a place or search a title)
- <Resources by Subject>
- Arts and Humanities
- Religion & Theology
- Style & Writing Guides
- IPL FAQ Citing electronic information
is primarily a directory of "all" the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. It is a resource intended for translators, linguists, language students and all those interested in foreign languages.
gives access to the Medscape, Medline, and Drug Reference databases, along with daily medical and psychological news and research. You may browse or search for an article but must sign in when you select one to read. (This requires a user id and password available by contacting the library.)
- Missiological Abstracts
Fuller Theological Seminary's School of World Mission has made available online their 30 Years of Missiological Abstracts, 1966-1996, ed. by Nancy Thomas and Steven Pettis, with a note that abstracts are being updated through 2000. Though the title still seems to indicate through 1996, there are abstracts for 1999 and 2000. It claims to have information from 720 dissertations, theses and projects produced by students from SWM. They are categorized by continent and general missiology. It claims to have 3 indices, but none could be found; and there does not seem to be a good way to search for any specific topic other than just reading through the whole list for a specific continent. Each item includes an abstract, key words and the UMI # to order.
provides free resources for equipping the saints (as well as informing skeptics) in the historic Reformed Christian faith.
- Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search
Seth Allen (King University) developed a list of links
to online commentaries and Sally Shelton (ORU) developed a Google custom search engine for them. You can easily search through multiple sites with a single search. In performing a search, you may add a commentator's name to focus your results. For example, to find what Robertson says about the Greek word charis (grace), key in the words: charis Robertson. Hebrew and Greek words may be searched in Hebrew or Greek, e.g. עַלְמָה, πνεῦμα, or by transliteration, e.g. alma, pneuma.
is a project aimed at creating a global repository of theses, dissertations, and other research documents and aims to make these documents known and freely accessible worldwide. Though smaller institutions may not have the staff, time or money at present to upload their theses, this database provides access to a large reservoir of resources from larger institutions.
- Religious and Theological Abstracts
provides abstracts of articles found in several hundred religious and theological journals covering biblical, theological, historical and practical religious studies. Many of the journals are not indexed in the ATLA Religion database, and though full text is not available in this database, we can usually request a copy of the articles via interlibrary loan. Check out the brief tutorial for searching tips. Access on campus is by IP address with no password required. To access off campus, please contact the librarian for the username and password.
- Research in Ministry Online
"is a freely available database that indexes D.Min. projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981. Author, title, project advisor, institution, and subject access are provided. In addition, an abstract for each project is included when one has been provided."
is an online Bible resource site packed with the most Bibles and study resources found on the net, everything needed to help you in your study of God’s Word. And it is all free.
- Theological Commons
is a digital initiative of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Begun in 2011, its purpose is to improve access to the digital and non-digital material held in the Library and, in particular, to bring Princeton Seminary’s digital collections together in a single more convenient framework, making searching and viewing of those collections easier and quicker.
- Theological Journal List from Tyndale House, Cambridge
This list of theological journals was compiled by the staff of Tyndale House, an evangelical study center in Cambridge, England. It has links to the journal’s website and notes if the journal is free. You can use to find free journals in theological studies and secure the correct name of a journal for interlibrary loan requests.
- Theology on the Web
proposes to make high quality theological material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries. It provides detailed bibliographies, reprints rare and out-of-print theology books and articles, and provides translations of theological articles in a number of languages. Click on a broad subject to the left for a list of titles, and click on an individual title for full text or to go to Amazon.com to order. It is made up of the following websites:
provides detailed bibliographies on each book of the Bible, as well as on hermeneutics, archaeology, criticism, language, etc. - almost everything connected with the Bible and its study.
provides material on a range of theologies and theologians, as well as specific doctrines such as the Trinity. The section on practical theology seeks to provide material on how theology is applied in daily life, in such areas as politics and ethics.
will cover early church history until the rise of the medieval Papacy (c.600 AD).
covers church history from the rise of the Papacy to the time of the Reformation.
provides material relating to the archaeology of the lands of the Bible.
is an encyclopedia of biblical Christianity. Browse a large topic, or enter specific search terms in the search box, upper right.
- Voice of the Shuttle
VoS’s “mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media… VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities.” The Religious Studies category provides access to a broad spectrum of articles on religion.
- Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library
is a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.
is “a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia…written collaboratively by volunteers all around the world.” Select a language, then enter your term(s) in the search box.. Terms highlighted in the text link to related articles. Use with discernment.
is “the most comprehensive online resource for your dictionary needs.”