Library of Congress
Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion
- Ask Philosophers — Users’ philosophical queries are answered by 35 philosophers at this site.
- Association of Religion Data Archives — Detailed and easily accessed information on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups. Learning activities using data from the archive are also presented.
- American Transcendentalism Web — Professor Ann Woodlief and her graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University created this substantial site on transcendentalism; analysis and primary sources are presented.
- Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs — The council focuses on three themes: ethics, war, and peace; religion in politics, and global social justice. The site provides podcasts, audio programs, and reports on each theme; it also presents a journal, Policy Innovations.
- Character Education — The Cleveland County (NC) Schools present this web site, with teaching activities for developing ten character traits; book lists for each trait are provided.
- Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative — The American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools has created a large data base of primary sources and images of such objects as coins, religious statuary, and postcards for studying the history of religion.
- Corporate Responsibility Officer — This journal for corporations provides interesting articles on the application of ethical principles in the business world.
- Critical Thinking Web: Values — Two professors in Hong Kong provide this module on reasoning about values, one of 100 provided on their Critical Thinking Web.
- Divining America: Religion and the National Culture — Scholarly essays on the role of religion in American culture from colonial times to the present. From Teacher Serve at the National Humanities Center.
- Encyclopedia of Religion and Society — A useful reference edited by William H. Swatos, Jr. at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary.
- EpistemeLinks.com — Well-organized and searchable links to philosophy resources on the Internet, plus an e-mail newsletter from webmaster Thomas Ryan Stone.
- The Ethicist — This National Public Radio series that ran on All Things Considered examined a wide array of ethical issues confronting people in everyday life. While no longer on the air, archived programs are still of use to teachers and students.
- Ethics Resource Center — Articles on a wide range of ethics-related topics, plus information on character education.
- Expressions of Faith — British practitioners of seven faiths select and explain their favorite objects from the collections of the British Museum; explanations of the objects provide insights into the various religions.
- First Amendment Publications — Several useful publications regarding teaching and writing about religion are provided by the Freedom Forum.
- Hastings Center Report — Articles on ethical and social issues related to medicine and medical science are provided at this site.
- Institute for Global Ethics — This international nonprofit provides a weekly newsdigest, a monthly ethical dilemma, white papers, and other resources on ethical issues.
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy — A collection of readings on philosophical thought. Maintained by the University of Tennessee at Martin.
- Josephson Institute of Ethics — The organization that developed the educational program “Character Counts” provides a variety of ethics-related resources.
- Journal of Religion and Film — This scholarly journal published at the University of Nebraska-Omaha examines the depiction of religion in films and includes essays, reviews, and discussion forums.
- Journal of Religion and Popular Culture — This online journal, edited by Mary Ann Beavis at the University of Saskatchewan, includes articles on such topics as how Muslims in Britain are trying to construct an identity neither isolated nor assimilated, the depiction of religious belief in the film United 93, and the philanthropist and rock star Bono’s blurring of the distinction between show business and revivalism.
- Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life — Perhaps the most useful resource at the site of this Trinity College (Connecticut) center is the online magazine Religion in the News, which examines news stories related to religion and how the media covered those stories.
- Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — This center at Santa Clara University provides articles on such topics as ethical decision making, business ethics, the ethics of solving governmental budget problems, and how to be an ethical friend to a person with an eating disorder.
- National Conference for State Legislature's Center for Ethics in Government — Links to state ethics laws, tools for state legislators, articles on ethics-related issues in government, and more.
- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life — The Pew Foundation presents religious news, results of surveys related to religion and its role in public life, and analyses of issues in which religious communities are particularly interested (e.g., bioethics, death penalty, school vouchers).
- Philosophy for Kids — A variety of story-based resources for engaging young children in discussion of philosophical questions, all based on the work of Professor Gary Matthews of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- Philosophy Now — Selected articles from the “magazine of ideas,” plus links and a discussion forum.
- Philosophy Talk — Stanford philosophy professors Ken Taylor and John Perry host a weekly hour-long radio program that applies philosophy to such wide-ranging topics as flirting, intelligent design, humor, capital punishment, postmodernism, marriage, and art.
- The Pluralism Project — Study of the growing religious diversity of the United States and how it affects the nation's cities and towns and the religious traditions themselves. The site provides articles, pictures, and other useful information. By Diana Eck at Harvard University.
- Poynter Ethics Journal — Periodical on ethical issues in journalism, from the Poynter Institute.
- The Question of God — Users can explore intellectuals’ perspectives on faith, read the transcripts of nine round-table discussions of issues related to faith, and find a discussion guide for use with the PBS series that the site supports.
- Religion Beta — The BBC provides overviews of 17 belief systems, from atheism to Zoroastrianism, as well as news related to religion and ethics and examination of the ethical dimension of such current issues as genetic engineering and capital punishment.
- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly — A companion to the PBS series of the same name, this site provides information on religion-related news and ethical dimensions of current events.
- Religion News Service — While this site operates primarily on a subscription basis, it does offer some articles free, as well as links to religion stories from other sites.
- Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion — This scholarly journal from the Rutgers School of Law (Camden) looks at issues at the intersection of law and religion. Recent articles cover flag desecration, religion, and patriotism; teaching evolution; persecution of the Falun Gong; and prosecution of the leaders of polygamous sects.
- Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law — This center at the University of Minnesota provides resources related to journalistic ethics.
- Speaking of Faith — This site provides access to the archive of the Speaking of Faith radio program, as well as host Krista Tippett’s reflections on each program. The program uses a first-person approach to exploring how “perspectives of faith might distinctively inform and illuminate our public reflection.”
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy — A “dynamic” reference work with hundreds of entries and many more yet to be written. A project of the Metaphysics Research Lab in Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information.
- University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics — News and resources on the growing field of bioethics.
- Virtual Religion Index — A comprehensive set of links to religion-related sites maintained by religious scholar Mahlon H. Smith.
- Worldview Diversity — This site from OABITAR, an organization dedicated to neutrality in teaching about religion, explains what a worldview is and allows users to compare nine prominent worldviews.