Religion and Spirituality

    February, 2009

  • Interfaith Marriage - February 17, 2009 01:37 AM
    The number of couples marrying outside their religion in the United States has grown in recent years. Interfaith relationships come with special challenges, such as merging different beliefs for a wedding ceremony and deciding which religion children will follow. Use the Interfaith Marriage Web Guide to prepare for and cope with the difficulties that may face an interfaith couple.
  • October, 2008

  • Halloween: Get Wicked on the Web - October 02, 2008 10:01 AM

    It's the second largest commercial holiday in America, but your Halloween celebration can be as homemade or as far over the top with special effects as you want. On the Web, you can discover the history of this holiday, learn to plan a spooky party, find that costume you've dreamt about since last year, become an expert pumpkin carver, or find the most terrifying haunted house in your neck of the woods.

  • March, 2008

  • Sacred Texts in World Religions - March 25, 2008 12:23 PM
    Some sacred texts form the cornerstone of a religion, instilling law, character and spirituality in its people; some are narratives of historical figures in the faith. A text might be viewed as the unchanging “Word of God;” other texts are revised and expanded by later generations. Texts can be literal, or metaphorical, or both. This guide shows you how to find online versions, commentary and historical context of scriptures for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
  • Passover: History, Traditions, Seders and Food - March 14, 2008 04:06 PM
    Passover, or Pesach, celebrates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, where they were slaves. The holiday has also come to symbolize and commemorate various types of individual, political and social freedom in modern times. Although there are basic laws and traditions, Passover can be a personalized celebration. The veritable cornucopia of Haggadahs available indicates the many ways to observe the holiday; every family celebrates in their own fashion. Learn about the basic traditions and choose some new ones to spice up your holiday.
  • Easter - March 14, 2008 01:20 PM
    Easter is one of the most important religious holidays of the Christian calendar, steeped in  tradition and ritual developed over centuries. It also has its secular side: the familiar bonnets, bunnies and those irresistible foil-wrapped chocolate eggs nestled into beds of neon grass. With all of these distractions, it’s easy to see how the religious message of Easter can sometimes get crowded out of the picture. This Web Guide can help you rediscover the history, beliefs, symbolism and practice of Easter.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations: History, Traditions and more - March 03, 2008 09:45 AM
    It’s been said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. So no matter what your nationality or faith, use our St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Web Guide to find links to parades, the best places to have fun and of course, tips on beer. We’ve also provided a history of St. Patrick’s Day, and suggestions for family-friendly traditions.
  • February, 2008

  • Protestantism and Its Many Denominations - February 07, 2008 03:50 PM
    The word “protestatio” was invoked in 1529, in reference to those princes that supported Martin Luther and spoke out against religious persecution. These royal supporters were eventually known as Protestants, a name that spread to the vast number of religious denominations that sprang from the beliefs associated with the Reformation. This guide attempts to straighten out the differences among the sects, pinpoint their commonalities, indicate their historical foundations and show you how to connect with Protestants everywhere.

    Read a Spanish-language version of this Web Guide.
  • January, 2008

  • Mardi Gras Information: Lean Web Sites for Fat Tuesday - January 15, 2008 04:18 PM
    Mardi Gras is more than just a debauched free-for-all: In fact, the history of Mardi Gras is steeped in tradition and religious meaning. This Mardi Gras Information Web Guide shows you Fat Tuesday in all its incarnations. Use these resources to learn about Mardi Gras traditions, and find help throwing your own Fat Tuesday celebration.
  • December, 2007

  • Mormonism: Delving into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - December 10, 2007 11:00 AM
    According to statistics gathered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal name for the Mormon Church), more than two-thirds of Utah’s inhabitants are Mormon. The current Church membership is almost 13 million people worldwide, and Mormonism is allegedly the second fastest growing U.S. religion. The Church is the most affluent church per capita in the United States. Despite all these facts and figures, the Church remains shrouded in much mystery and misrepresentation, though the presidential run of Mitt Romney has given Mormonism much more public attention. This guide will teach you about Mormon beliefs, practices, and history; introduce you to Mormon news sources and illustrate the religion’s place in current events; and help you connect with the Mormon online community.
  • Hinduism: Understanding Sanatana Dharma - December 08, 2007 11:11 AM
    Hinduism is the oldest major religion. It has about 900 million adherents; 780 million of those are in India, comprising 79 percent of that country’s population. Hindus also make up 89 percent of the population of Nepal, where there are about 19 million adherents. In the United States, roughly two million individuals are Hindu. There are many forms of Hinduism, all with unique faiths and customs. This guide teaches you about the main varieties of Hinduism, and their rituals and practices; it also introduces you to Hindu news, music and art, points out some Hindu organizations, and helps you connect with the Hindu community online.
  • Hanukkah Celebration: Understanding the Jewish Festival of Lights - December 05, 2007 11:25 AM
    For eight nights each year, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the miracles that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when Judah and the Maccabees fought against religious persecution, rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and lit the menorah (a candelabrum) with one day’s worth of oil that, amazingly, lasted for eight. Let the Hanukkah Celebration Web Guide show you where to find information on Hanukkah customs, traditions, food, blessings, music and more.
  • November, 2007

  • Christmas Holiday: Resources for Celebrating - November 26, 2007 05:00 AM
    When the red and green lights and wreaths appear and the sounds of familiar carols echo in the streets,it’s time to celebrate the Christmas holiday again. This Christmas Holiday Web Guide presents the history of Christmas, illuminates how and why we celebrate certain customs, and reveals the best places to look for Christmas recipes, decorations and gift ideas. Whether you have a religious view of the holiday or simply enjoy the Christmas spirit, the resources below can help you make merry with your friends and family all through the season.
  • October, 2007

  • Atheism - October 26, 2007 05:12 PM
    The concept of atheism has constantly changed over time: in ancient Rome, pagans called Christians atheists while Christians considered pagans atheists. Some people even refer to Buddhists as atheists. Today, generally speaking, an atheist is someone who does not believe in a god or gods; this has caused tension in a world where most people (publicly, at least) profess a belief in a deity. This guide teaches you what atheism is, what it isn’t, how to become an involved atheist, who some prominent atheist thinkers are and were, and how to find atheist groups. It also provides tips on raising atheist children.
  • Catholicism: Delving into the Holy See - October 20, 2007 08:10 PM
    Mover of nations, maker of kings, director of souls—the Catholic Church looms large on the world stage, as well as in the religious world. The sheer enormity of the Church's presence, the length of its history and the depth of its theology can intimidate the scholarly and the religious neophyte alike. But this ancient faith has entered the 21st century with gusto, maintaining an impressive presence online to help you research, explore and interact with Catholicism.
    Read a Spanish-language version of this Web Guide
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  • The World of Christianity - October 11, 2007 09:58 AM
    Barely two millennia old, Christianity boasts over two billion adherents, almost a third of the world's population. With a 2,000-year history of evangelism, expansion, and renewal, the sheer number of sects, communities, and traditions it embraces can be hard to keep track of. Fortunately, Christianity has kept up with the times and found its way to the Web. You can learn about it, practice it, and keep up to date with the Christian faith daily online.
  • Buddhism: Researching the Religion of the Buddha - October 02, 2007 07:43 PM
    For nearly 500 years after his death, the Buddha's teachings were passed through generations of the monastic community by oral tradition. In the late first century BCE they were first written down in a collection known as the Pali Canon. Since then a variety of additional texts and translations have appeared as a means for disseminating his ancient wisdom. Now in the 21st century we have the benefit of a new medium; the Internet is a resource utilized by lay practitioners and monastics alike for bringing the religion of Buddhism to the world.
  • September, 2007

  • Islam: Exploring the Muslim Faith - September 21, 2007 09:21 PM
    To more than a billion people worldwide, Islam is a way of life, a belief system, and a guide. To many others Islam can seem like an enigma. For both kinds of people, and everybody in between, the Web provides the education, tools, news, and community to connect you to one of the world's largest religions.
  • Judaism: Understanding and Connecting with the Jewish Faith - September 21, 2007 07:35 PM
    The communities and resources of the Internet are perfect for learning about Judaism, and bringing members of the Jewish faith closer together. This guide will teach you about the oldest of the Abrahamic religions, including sacred Jewish texts, Jewish law, and Jewish holidays. There are also resources for helping Jews practice their religion, and tools for learning about Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages. It is often difficult to find kosher food and wine, but this guide will make that task easier. With the Internet, Jewish news, Judaica products, Jewish blogs and dating sites are also at your fingertips.
  • Holidays On the Web - September 13, 2007 10:29 AM
    Click on your holiday of choice in the menu on the right to learn more.


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  • June, 2007

  • Religion and Spirituality - June 15, 2007 04:43 PM
    True to its mission, the Internet brings together spiritual seekers around the world, whether they are part of organized religions or on more individual quests. Even if you're not sure of your goal, join those who seek enlightenment through the Web: Explore spiritual topics, read up on current events, history, and statistics of world religions, and meet people and groups who share your beliefs.