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RELIGION RESOURCES

See also our world religion facts.

 

WEBSITES

Belief.net


Offers many articles and links on various faith traditions. Coming from a multi-faith background.

Religion Gateway

Religion & Ethics News Weekly - PBS

 

ORGANIZATIONS

National Study of Youth and Religion

The National Study of Youth and Religion is a research project being conducted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill under the direction of Dr. Christian Smith, Professor in the Department of Sociology. This 6-year project, funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., began in August 2001 and will continue until December 2007. This project is designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American adolescents and includes a national telephone survey of youth and their parents, as well as in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of these youth.

 

BOOKS

 

Bowker, John Westerdale. (1997) World Religions. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 200pp.

 

Groothuis, D. (1998) Confronting the New Age. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

 

__________ (1986). Unmasking the New Age. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

 

___________ (1990) Revealing the New Age Jesus.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

 

Martin, W. (1989). The New Age cult. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers.

 

Miller, E. (1989). A crash course on the New Age movement. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

 

Novak, Phillip. (1995) The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions. HarperSanFrancisco, 448pp.

 

Smith, Huston. (1991) The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions. HarperSanFrancisco, 416pp.

 

Snyder, Gail. (2004) Teens, Religion & Values. Gallup Youth Survey. Mason Crest Publishers, 112pp.

 

REPORTS

Kinnaman, David. (Jan2006). Ministry and Mosaics: Teens and the Supernatural. The Barna Group, 37pp.

VIDEOS

 

The Wisdom of Faith  This five-part series with Huston Smith and Bill Moyers is available for $399. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6233. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com. The separate videos in this series are as follows:

Hinduism and Buddhism mThis video explores the two great religions to come from India. Describing the chanting he discovered in Tibetan lamas, Smith says it is "the holiest sound I have ever heard." In this video, Smith recounts his ten weeks of training under a Zen master and his 8 hours of daily meditation during that time. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6234. 58 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

Confucianism Smith, who was born in China of missionary parents, grew up learning the Chinese language, culture, and religion. Here, he explains how the intertwining of opposites is a key to the great religions of China—Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6235. 58 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

Islam An American born to missionary parents in China, Huston Smith discovered Islam as an adult. Its concepts of order, justice, mercy, and compassion so impressed him that he still prays five times a day as Muslims do. Mystics with trance-inducing dance, bring God into their immediate experience. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6237. 58 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

Christianity and Judaism When Huston Smith’s daughter married a Jew, Smith came to appreciate the Jewish faith and shabbat (sabbath). He was comforted by Jewish mourning rituals after his daughter’s death. Here are his observations about Christianity and Judaism. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6236. 58 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

A Personal Philsophy Huston Smith wrote "The World’s Religions" in 1959, and it has continued to be popular every since. Smith believes all religions to be windows on the same transcendent truths. Many believers will not see their faith as Smith does, but this video can provoke an important discussion on an issue keenly felt by teenagers. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6238. 58 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

The Five Pillars of Islam This video presents the five essential principles of the Islamic faith in their historic context. Included are a large international mosaic of believers. The tension between traditional teaching and industrialization is noted. The Religion Teacher’s Journal says of this video: "This is an ideal presentation for any group of teens or adults who are studying the major religions of the world." Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU708. 30 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

I Am a Sufi, I Am a Muslim This video introduces Sufism, a branch of Islam that is much less known in the West than some of the more fundamentalist forms that are frequently in the news. The program travels to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia to explore exactly what is Sufism and observe how it is practiced in various parts of the world today. Among the many aspects of Sufism featured are the whirling dervishes of Turkey, who find God in ecstasy; ecstatic fakirs in Macedonia, where there is a big revival in popular Sufism; and the vital role of music in Sufism in India and Pakistan. The program also features Musrat Fateh Ali Khan, perhaps the most well-known performer of Qawali music. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6553. 52 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $129. Rental price, $75. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com

 

Sorcerers of Zaire In villages suffering hardship and starvation, native sorcerers of the Chokwe people are asked to resurrect ancestors to haunt those who hoard goods in a complex system of reprisals. This program focuses on four patients and two healers. The video also observes the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood in a traditional rite of passage. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6136. 51 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $129. Rental price, $75. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: custserv@films.com, website: http://www.films.com


Dean Borgman, Kurt Fehrs, and Anne Montague cCYS