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DGO Books, DeGruyter eBooks, Walter de Gruyter E-Books
Harvard University Press, Columbia University Press, Princeton University Press, HUP, CUP, PUP
Versita, Ontos Verlag, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag
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A continuously growing number of electronically published book titles from Walter de Gruyter, Columbia University Press, Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, Versita, Ontos Verlag and Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag.  Includes most Harvard University Press books published since 2013, and most Columbia and Princeton University Press books published since 2014.  Most books are in English or German, with a few in French.

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Most titles included are published 2010 or later, plus a few selected titles published from 1977 - 2009.
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Twentieth Century Religious Thought Volume 1: Christianity [Trial]

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20th Century Religious Thought Christianity
20th C. Religious Thought
20th C. Thought
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"Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.

Volume I: Christianity includes the complete 17-volume German edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke (DBW) and 16 volumes of the English edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series (DBWE); an international selection of English-language editions of key authors such as Hans Urs von Baltasar, Rudolf Bultmann, James Cone, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Adolf von Harnack, Henri de Lubac, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, and Ernst Troeltsch; and a selection of the papers of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Our latest release provides additional content by authors such as Pope Benedict XVI, Donald Bloesch, Leonardo Boff, Sergius Bulgakov, Helder Camara, Mary Daly, Ivone Gebara, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Bernard Lonergan, John Milbank, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Jon Sobrino, and John Howard Yoder. Upon completion, it will include 150,000 pages of printed works and primary sources.

Twentieth Century Religious Thought supports research and teaching in comparative religion, theology, world religion, religion and law, and religion and politics, and serves as an important resource for courses and scholarship in social theory, feminist studies, philosophy, and world history.."

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1914-2008
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The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a Project of the Pew Research Center

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The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Pew Forum
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Religion & Public Life
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Pew Forum delivers information on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs in the U.S. and around the world. Major reports examine politics and faith, religious beliefs and practices and global religious demographics.

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Pew Research Center

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Pew Research Center Center for the People & the Press, Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Hispanic Center, Pew Research Global Attitudes Project
Center for the People & the Press, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Social & Demographic Trends
Description

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

There are links to the individual projects from this gateway site.

Pew Research is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. All of its reports and datasets are made freely available in order to inform the public, the press and policymakers.

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia aims at a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today. The encyclopedia embraces the greatest possible diversity, plurality, and heterogeneity, thus emphasizing that Hinduism encompasses a variety of regional traditions as well as a global world religion. Presenting the same heralded original essays and research from thematic print edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format. The online reference currently includes volume I of ultimately five volumes.

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Atharvaveda

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The Kashmiri Paippalada Recension of the Atharvaveda  

This ancient birch-bark manuscript from Kashmir was probably made in the beginning of the 16th century AD, but preserves a text which is thousands of years older, probably from around 900 BC. The Atharvaveda came to be known as one of the four Indian Vedas and was and is one of the most significant and influential ancient Indian texts. This manuscript is one of the few surviving versions of this text and thus ranks among the most significant world heritage documents.

This manuscript is kept at the Tubingen University Library as two catalog items (Ma I 421 and Ma I 422). Ma I 421 consists of eight volumes (Ma I 421, 1-8), Ma I 422 is a single volume. Online, each volume may be explored independently. The first folio of each volume is displayed in the search results. The full image view provides a menu for navigating the volume's complete set of folios.

Browsing is the best approach to using the Atharvaveda images since there is only limited searchable text available.

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Parker Library on the Web (Medieval Manuscripts)

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Parker Library on the Web is a digitized collection of Medieval manuscripts originally collected by Matthew Parker (1504-1575) and donated to Corpus Christi College Cambridge in 1574. Parker's collection is especially focused on materials relating to Anglo-Saxon England as he was interested in discovering evidence of an English-speaking church independent of Rome.

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Coptic Gnostic Library Online

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Online version of the fourteen-volume printed work, edited by James M. Robinson.

The Coptic Gnostic Library continues where the Dead Sea Scrolls left off. Our main sources of information for the Gnostic religion are the so-called Nag Hammadi codices, written in Coptic. These were unearthed in 1945 near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. The texts literally begin where the Dead Sea Scrolls end. Their discovery is considered equally significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves, bringing to light a long-hidden wealth of information and insights into early Judaism and the roots of Christianity. Furthermore, these writings clearly show that the Gnostic religion was not only a force that interacted with early Christianity and Judaism in their formative periods, but also a significant religious movement in its own right. 

The Coptic Gnostic Library contains all the texts of the Nag Hammadi codices, both in the original Coptic and in translation. Each text has its own introduction, and full indexes are provided. The Coptic Gnostic Library is the starting point for all research into ancient Gnosticism. It is the result of decades of dedicated research by the most distinguished international scholars in this field.

The Coptic Gnostic Library is the only authoritative edition of many of the Coptic writings of the Gnostics from the first centuries AD. It was originally published by Brill in fourteen hardback volumes as part of the Nag Hammadi (and Manichaean) Studies series between 1975 and 1995.

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World Christian Database (WCD)

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The WCD is updated quarterly. It includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This extraordinary database is an invaluable reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, health organizations, and news media. Information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demography. Additional secular data is included on population, health, education, languages, and communication. All this information makes the WCD an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christian and religious demography and the history of Christianity. Thousands of sources are evaluated and reviewed on a weekly basis by a professional staff dedicated to expanding and updating the WCD. There is no other resource completely focused on providing global statistics on World Christianity today.

Sources

  • A large majority of the data collected for the WCD comes from published and unpublished sources, field work, interviews, and questionnaires - Around 5,000 statistical questionnaires returned by churches and national collaborators over the period 1982-present
  • Field surveys and interviews on the spot in over 200 countries
  • A mass of unpublished documentation on all countries, collected on the fi eld, including reports, memoranda, photographs, maps, statistical summaries, and historical documents
  • Around 4,500 printed contemporary descriptions of churches, describing denominations, movements, countries and confessions
  • Officially-published reports of 500 government-organized national censuses of population
  • A series of in-depth interviews with bishops, church leaders, and theologians

Detailed Religious and Demographic Statistics include:

  • Global comparative fi gures for every major religion
  • Population and religious adherents for every country and United Nations region
  • Access to source material on religious affiliation (census and survey fi gures)
  • Breakdown of major religions into traditions (e.g. Sunni-Shi’as within Islam)
  • Multiple data points to compare growth rates (1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2025, 2050)
  • Feedback mechanism for users to comment on data, sources and methodology
  • Population and Adherents (for 1900, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2025, 2050)
  • Demographics (birth rate, adult percentage, life expectancy)
  • Health (HIV rates, access to water, mortality)
  • Education (literacy percentage, schools, universities)
  • Communication (scripture access, religious freedom)
  • Christian personnel
  • Evangelism rates
  • Status of missions work
  • Lists of Christian denominations in every country
  • Country, regional, and global estimates of Pentecostals and Charismatics
  • Status of Bible translation


Features and Benefits

  • 9,000 Denominations
  • 13,000 Ethnolinguistic Peoples
  • 5,000 Cities
  • 3,000 Provinces
  • 238 Countries
  • Quarterly updates
  • - Unique reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, news media
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