Resources for the Study of Religion

Compiled by Prof. Ron Epstein


I originally constructed this web site primarily for the benefit of the students in my classes at San Francisco State University, from which I am now retired. (I am currently a research professor at the Institute for World Religions in Berkeley, California.) I am leaving the site online in the hope that people will still find it to be useful. All of the material is copyrighted. Permission is granted for individual, single copy, personal use only. Please send suggestions, corrections, broken links, and inquiries about other use of the materials to me at



Individual Religions
Interpretation and Theory
Interreligious Dialogue
Religious Experience
Religion and Ethics
Science, Technology and Religion
Religious Thought about Animals

Individual Religions


Note: Please see Clearing up some Misconceptions about Buddhism for Dr Epstein's revisions of the presentation of Buddhism given in The World's Religions.


Academic Info Religion Gateway
Wabash Center Guide to Resources of Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
Finding God in Cyberspace: A Guide to Religious Studies Resources on the Internet
Psychology of Religion Pages
Virtual Religion Index
Philosophy of Religion Resources
Proofs For And Against The Existence of God
Glossary of Theological Terms
Graduate Theological Union Internet Resources
Supplemental Reading for Philosophy 502
Harvard Religion Listserv Booklist
WWW Virtual Library--Religion
The Pluralism Project: Bibliographies
World Lecture Hall--Religious Studies
World Scripture


Paradigms & Perception

Interpretation and Theory

Method and Theory in the Study of Religion: Bibliography
Critical Theorists' Library

Interreligious Dialogue

Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies
"Reflections on the Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Its Second Decade: Issues in Theory and Practice" by Charles B. Jones
WORLD SCRIPTURE: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts
Wabash Center Guide: Interreligious Dialogue

AHIMSA: "Agency for Human Interconnectedness through Manifestation of Spiritual Awareness."

Religious Experience

Primary Religious Experience Project
Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences
Exceptional Human Experience Network

Religion and Ethics

Ethics Updates: Religion and Ethics
Filial Respect: Honoring Parents and Elders

Science, Technology and Religion

Meta List on Science and Religion
Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion: Resources
"Evolution as Religion: a Comparison of Prophecies" by Mary Midgley
"The Future of Humankind" by the Venerable Chan Master Hsuan Hua
"Monsters Appearing in the World" by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
"Buddhism & Science: Probing the Boundaries of Faith and Reason" by Martin J. Verhoeven
"Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science" by By Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
"Toward Sustainable Science" by Bhikkhu P. A. Payutto

Revised April, 2004.
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