Friday, January 2, 2009
I just stumbled on this website, Religion Facts, which has some quick and dirty basic information on many many many religions around the world throughout time. The huge comparison chart is interesting. Each page also gives some recommended books, including generated book recs from Amazon in case you find that religion interesting and want to investigate it more in-depthly than the website itself allows. I just gave the Ancient Mayan section a spin. They also have some specific comparisons between two religions, as well as general topics and how varying religions discuss it: such as homosexuality and religion, which gives a quick general overview and then hyperlinks to each religion, again with book recs. Give the site a whirl and see what you think. I think I just may add this to my sidebar. If you like that, see also perhaps the more in-depth and more involved Pluralism Project from Harvard run by Diana Eck. It seeks to "help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources." And there are many online resources accessible through this site. Nonetheless, see the critique of the Pluralism model led partly by one of my professors, Courtney Bender, in After Pluralism.