Comparing Religions



General Sources on Religion



A great portal site for asking questions and getting background on a wide variety of religions.

Use for statistics on religion and religious practice worldwide.


Association of Religion Data Archives

Best place for statistics on U.S. faith communities 


Virtual Religion Index

A collection of full text sources on religion and religious texts. 


How to be a perfect stranger. Vol.1 and 2 : a guide to etiquette in other people's religious ceremonies / edited by Stuart M. Matlins & Arthur J. Magida. Jewish Lights Pub., c1997.     R 291.38 How



Worldmark encyclopedia of religious practices / Thomas Riggs, editor in chief. Gale 2006.   R 200.9 Worldma and through the Gale Virtual Reference Library,



  New dictionary of the history of ideas / Maryanne Cline Horowitz, editor Detroit :Thompson/Gale, c2005.                           R 903 Diction 2005 and through the Gale Virtual Reference Library,



The Encyclopedia of world faiths : an illustrated survey of the world's living religions / general editors, Peter Bishop & Michael Darton Facts on File Publications, 1988, c1987.           R 290 Encyclo



 Encyclopedia of religion / Lindsay Jones, editor in chief. Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.                                                     R 203 Encyclo and online through the Gale Virtual Reference Library,



The illustrated encyclopedia of active new religions, sects, and cults / Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi.,

1998.  R. 291.9 Beith.b



 Atlas of the world's religions / edited by Ninian Smart..  1999.                R 200.0223 Atlas



 The Oxford dictionary of world religions / edited by John Bowker. 1997.  R  290. Oxford.



Westminster dictionary of theological terms / Donald K. McKim. Westminster John Knox Press, c1996. R 230.03 Mckim.D



A new handbook of living religions / edited by John R. Hinnells.  Blackwell, 1997.         R 290.3 New



Sects, 'cults', and alternative religions : a world survey and sourcebook / David V. Barrett. Sterling Pub., U.S. dist., 1996.         R 291 Barre.D



Religious History


Encyclopedia of religious controversies in the United States / edited by George H. Shriver and Bill J. Leonard. Greenwood Press, c1997.           R 200.973 Encyclo



Religion and American cultures : an encyclopedia of traditions, diversity, and popular expressions / Gary Laderman & Luis León, editors ; foreword by Amanda Porterfield. ABC-CLIO, c2003.  R 200.973 Religio



The encyclopedia of American religious history / Edward L. Queen II, Stephen R. Prothero, and Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr. ; foreword by Martin E. Marty. Facts On File, c1996.     R 200.973 Queen.E



Glazier, Stephen.Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions.2001      R 299.603 Encyclo



Historical atlas of the religions of the world. Al-Faruqi, Isma’il R., 1921-1986. editor; David E. Sopher, map editor. Macmillan [1974]     R 290 FAR



New historical atlas of religion in America / Edwin Scott Gaustad, Philip L. Barlow ; with the special assistance of Richard W. Dishno. Oxford University Press, c2000.             R 200.973 Gaust.E 2001



Faith Traditions


  • Christianity


World Christian encyclopedia : a comparative survey of churches and religions in the modern world / David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, Todd M. Johnson.  2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2001-         R 230.003 World 2001 



New Catholic encyclopedia. Prepared by an editorial staff at the Catholic University of America. McGraw-Hill [1967-79]                        R 282 C28 1967 and through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (2003 edition),



Evangelism and church growth / Elmer L. Towns. Regal Books, c1995.     R 269.203 Towns.E




  • Judaism


The encyclopedia of Judaism / edited by Jacob Neusner, Alan J. Avery-Peck, William Scott Green. Continuum, 1999.     R 296.03 Encyclo



Encyclopaedia Judaica..Jerusalem, Encyclopaedia Judaica Macmillan [c1971-72,]                      R 296 Encyclo and 2006 through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (2007 edition),



The Oxford dictionary of the Jewish religion / editors in chief, R.J. Zwi Werblowsky, Geoffrey Wigoder. Oxford University Press, 1997.      R 296 Oxford



  • Islam


An introduction to Islam / Frederick Mathewson Denny. 2nd edition Macmillan Pub. Co., c1994.     R 297 Denny.F



Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world / editor in chief, Richard C. Martin. Thomson/Gale, c2004.     R 909.09767 Encyclo and through the Gale Virtual Reference Library,



Rise and spread of Islam, 622-1500 / [edited by] Susan L. Douglass. Gale Group, c2002.         R 909.09767 Rise



The spread of Islam / Clarice Swisher, book editor. Greenhaven Press, c1999.              R 297.09 Spread



Islamic fundamentalism / Lawrence Davidson. Greenwood Press, c1998.     R 297 David.L



The Cambridge illustrated history of the Islamic world / edited by Francis Robinson. Cambridge University Press, c1996.     R 909.09767 Cambrid




Historical dictionary of Islamic fundamentalist movements in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey / Ahmad S. Moussalli. Scarecrow Press, c1999.     R 297.09 Mawsi.A



Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States / edited by Jocelyne Cesari. Greenwood Press, 2007.     R 297.0973 Encyclo



  • Buddhism


Buddhism : the illustrated guide / Kevin Trainor, general editor. Oxford University Press, 2001.     R 294.3022 Buddhis



Encyclopedia of Buddhism / Robert E. Buswell, Jr., editor in chief. Macmillan Reference USA/Thomson/Gale, c2004.      R 294.303 Encyclo



Buddhist faith in America / Michael Burgan. Facts On File, c2003.     R 294.30973 Burga.M



  • Hinduism and Sikhism


Encyclopaedia of Sikh religion and culture / Ramesh Chander Dogra & Gobind Singh Mansukhani..  1997.         R 294.6 Dogra.R



Encyclopedia of Hinduism / Constance A. Jones and James D. Ryan. Facts On File, c2007.     R 294.503 Jones.C



Contemporary Hinduism : ritual, culture, and practice / edited by Robin Rinehart. ABC-CLIO, c2004. R 294.5 Contemp



Hindu and Sikh faiths in America / Gail M. Harley. Facts On File, c2003.                 R 294.50973 Harle.G



  • Taoism


 The Shambhala dictionary of Taoism / Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber; translated by Werner Wünsche..  1996.         R 299.514 Shambha



  • Santeria

 Santería : the religion, faith, rites, magic / Migene González-Wippler   1994.  R  299.67 Gonza.M



  • Wicca and Paganism


  Witchcraft today : an encyclopedia of Wiccan and neopagan traditions / James R. Lewis. 1999.  R 299 Lewis.J



  • Zoroastrianism


Zoroastrianism / by Paula M. [i.e. R.] Hartz. 1999.  R 295 Hartz.P



  • Latter Day Saints


Encyclopedia of Mormonism / edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Macmillan, c1992     R 289.303 Encyclo




Cross Cultural Themes and Issues



 Encyclopedia of women and world religion / edited by Serinity Young.  1999. R  200.82




The Garland encyclopedia of world music.Garland Pub., 1998.                          R 780.9 Garland



Sexuality and the world's religions / David W. Machacek and Melissa M. Wilcox, editors. ABC-CLIO, c2003.         R 291.1783 Sexuali



Encyclopedia of heaven / Miriam Van Scott. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 1999.             R 291.23 Vansc.M



Encyclopedia of hell / Miriam Van Scott. St. Martin's Press, 1998.      R 291.23 Vansc.M



Encyclopedia of monasticism / editor, William M. Johnston ; photo editor, Claire Renkin. Fitzroy Dearborn, c2000.     R 291.65703 Encyclo



Shamanism : an encyclopedia of world beliefs, practices, and culture / edited by Mariko Namba Walter and Eva Jane Neumann Fridman. ABC-CLIO, c2004.     R 201.44 Shamani


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