Here is a collection of links which should prove useful to those interested in the academic study of religion. We do not claim that this is definitive, and are more than happy to add new content – just get in contact.
The Association of Religion Data Archives provides free access to data and other useful features, including a learning centre and a religion research hub.
Bristol Online Surveys (BOS)
British Religion in Numbers
British Religion in Numbers is an online religious data resource, based at the University of Manchester.
British Social Attitudes Information System
The British Social Attitudes survey is the primary social research survey in Britain. http://www.britsocat.com
The British Association for the Study of Religions
Our generous sponsor, the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), is affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), and pursues its aims within the United Kingdom through the arrangement of conferences and symposia, the publication of a Bulletin and an Annual General Meeting.
Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective
‘Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective’ is the broad research theme of the Religious Studies department at The Open University. This is their interesting departmental blog.
Critical Religion is an intitiative at the University of Stirling which seeks to understand what the category “religion” actually means, and provides an informative blog on the side.
Digital Research Tools Wiki
This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/w/page/17801672/FrontPage
Economic and Social Data Service
The Economic and Social Data Service is a national data archiving and dissemination service which came into operation in January 2003. The service is a jointly-funded initiative sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). http://www.esds.ac.uk/
Tom Ree’s Epiphenom blog is an excellent source for the latest qualitative research in the cognitive study of religion. A strength of the site is that he never strips the results of their ambiguity and complexity.
EUREL – Sociological and legal data on religions in Europe
Global Mormon Studies:
H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. http://www.h-net.org/
Introducing Religions – for iPod/iPhone
Introducing Religions is by the Open University. http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/introducing-religions-for/id380222658
The Immanent Frame
The Immanent Frame is a collective blog established in conjunction with projects on religion and the public sphere at the Social Science Research Council.
The Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
The Non-religion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) is an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers; the network was founded in 2008 to centralise existing research on the topic of non-religion and secularity and to facilitate discussion in this area. Their website includes directories of researchers, teaching resources and a comprehensive bibliography.
Mediating Religion is an international network of academics and interested associates working in the area of religion, culture and social change. Our focus is on the multiple, interconnected ways in which religious ideas and practices are mediated in the contemporary world. Mediating Religion acts as a network of networks – encouraging collaboration amongst research clusters working on these themes around the world.
Patheos is an intriguing and large website claiming to offer “Balanced Views of Religion and Spirituality with Faith”. A useful resource for facts and figures on “World Religions”.
PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. http://www.pewforum.org/
Philosophy and Religion Podcasts
Texas State University – Philosophy and Religion Podcasts page which provides a range of philosophy and religion podcasts.
Religiondispatches.org is an online magazine, updated daily, focusing on the discourses between religion and politics. Although heavily skewed towards the US, it provides intelligent commentary and lively debate on religion in the news.
The Religion and Society Programme
The Religion and Society Research Programme is a £12-million cluster of research projects, and a collaborative venture between the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council. Their website showcases the findings of the research, and gives details of their many events around the UK.
Research Methods for the Study of Religion
Research Methods for the Study of Religion is an on-line resource, covering a wide range of key topics in this field, from research design, and the politics and ethics of research, to issues in the use of various quantitative and qualitative methods. Developed from the experience of an intensive training workshop for doctoral students run in conjunction with the UK AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme, the content on the site includes discussion papers, exercises, bibliographies, discussion questions and links to other relevant on-line material.
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham has a number of YouTube videos:
Page last updated: 21 Feb 2013