Note: Some texts are buried
deep in e-archives. If title link does not work, click source.
After 20 years of research on the
internet, the once flourishing species of gateways to a broad spectrum
of religious traditions is almost extinct, a victim of automated search engines
like Google & Bing, & the mortality or mutated interests of their creators. The
hardy few below still merit a visit.
Ernest Valea's detailed analysis of differences
between classic Christianity & eastern religions focuses on concepts of
Reality, the human
(or destiny), & evil,
with essays on special critical questions.
Page from Alan Liu's cyber-guide to Humanities
Research provides a succinct but well-chosen selection of on-line academic
resources for the study of religion.
Textbooks & Anthologies
of Sacred Texts
more than two decades in cyber-space the two pioneering e-textbooks on
comparative religion (Paul Flesher's Exploring Religions and Richard
Hooker's World Civilizations) have e-vaporated. Remaining are:
Cyber-archive of more than 800
scriptures & classics representing 14 major world religions &
a wide range of ancient & modern cults.
A complete on-line version of Andrew Wilson's
1991 anthology of 4000 selections from over 300 scriptures & oral
traditions, arranged according to 164 common themes. Chapters compare views of
law (truth); the purpose
of life, in society,
& evil; restoration
agents; the religious life; & eschatology
(archived by the Unification Church).
Complete hypertext edition of Thomas Bullfinch's 1855 classic The Age of Fable or
Stories of Gods & Heroes (Internet
Sacred Text Archive).
M. F. Lindemans' award-winning
on-line encyclopedia contains a growing list of more than 7000 definitions
of supernatural beings, legendary figures, objects & places from
cultures around the world.
Extensive on-line sampler of
Carlos Parada's Genealogical Guide to Greek Mythology presents
lucid detailed summaries of
with tables (e.g., creation
maps, & images to help keep complex stories straight.
astronomical guide to the myths that named the 88 star clusters
identified in classical Greece.
On-line curriculum prepared by
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts presents a sampler of images, stories, and
study questions to illustrate the relation of myth & art in the cultures
Syllabus of 2002 academic seminar
posts scholarly papers & electronic bibliographical resources on themes
including theological anthropomorphism, Adamic, Enochic, & Melchizedek
traditions, ascents to heaven, divine mediators, lectionary & liturgy,
magic, pseudepigrapha, late Jewish mysticism & the Corpus
Dionysiacum (hosted by Marquette U).
Brief sketch of the 16th c.
Carmelite poet is gateway to English version of his major works (Ascent
of Mount Carmel,
Night of the Soul and
Canticle). Shelved in
Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
Grace Warrack's edition of the 14th
c. anchoress' work, from the cyber-stacks of the
Classics Ethereal Library at Calvin College.
Julia Bolton Holloway presents a
web of twelve
interlinked sites based on the Julian Library Portfolio, a
collection of scholarly/contemplative booklets focused on Julian, the sources
of Anglo-Saxon mysticism & the internet
of medieval European mystics known as the Friends
of God. Primary texts include 'Dream
of the Rood' (Hilda & Caedmon), 'Showings'
(Julian), 'Sparkling Stone'
(Jan van Ruusbroec), 'Computer of
Wisdom' (Henry Suso), 'If You
Would be Perfect' (John of the Cross), & original modern meditations.
extensive catalog of links focuses on websites, on-line resources relevant
to the study of Christian, Jewish & Islamic mysticism.
Official website of Max Heindel's
mystical association posts his treatises on Rosicrucian
astrology, & detailed historical
notes on the association.
New English edition of the 15th c.
Latin classic which Thomas Hemerken of Kempen in turn had edited from the
Dutch work by anonymous 14th c. Brethren of the Common Life. Published on-line
in Calvin College's CCEL.
Psychic Ellie Crystal's cyberweb
archives articles on esoteric practices (e.g.,
tarot), persons (e.g.,
Cayce, Alistair Crowley,
& archetypal symbols (e.g.,
Massimo Introvigne untangles the
plot of Dan Brown's novel by detailing documented historical facts regarding
its sources (Center for Studies
on New Religions).
Veteran Catholic journalist, Sandra
Miesel, dissects novelist Dan Brown's research & catalogs a host of
factual errors that are central to his 2003 thriller (archived by
Alan Hefner's new
edition of the
Encyclopedia Mystica: an on-line collection of essays on topics
relevant to the esoteric & occult, from
Paul Smith provides
extensive evidence that the history & documents of the allegedly ancient
secret society at the center of Holy Grail, Holy Blood & The DaVinci
Code were products of an elaborate publicity hoax.
Digging. Help fill holes.
This page was revised
09 November 2021