One of the project's goals was to encourage scholarly discussion of the material aspects of American religion. A good place for such discussions is the H-AMREL group, part of the H-NET history network. To join the group, send a "SUBSCRIBE H-AMREL" message to email@example.com. The list's web site has a searchable log of previous discussions and other resources for scholars.
Here are some other interesting web sites concerning American religion. (Warning: This list was accurate in the summer of 2001; some of the links may have expired.)
American Religion Experience --A rich and diverse collection of material on American religion, prepared by a professor for his students.
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Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University --A project, supported in part by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., investigating broad trends in religion.
Center for the Study of American Religion and Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University--A particularly good collection of materials for the study of American religion.
The American Academy of Religion--The largest organization of scholars of religion.
Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals--The leading center studying this important part of American Christianity.
The Louisville Institute--Also supported by the Lilly Endowment, "the institute seeks to nurture inquiry and conversation regarding the character, problems, contributions, and prospects of the historic institutions and commitments of American Christianity."
Program on Non-Profit Organizations at Yale University--A nationally important project studying a variety of non-profit organizations, including religious ones.
Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly--Produced by WNET in New York and carried nationally by PBS stations, the weekly show gives an insight in the vitality of American religious life. The web site is particularly rich.
TeacherServe--Divining America: Religion and the National Culture is a rich curriculum source for high school and other teachers, produced by the National Humanities Center with support from the Lilly Endowment.
The North Star--Co-edited by Judith Weisenfeld, one of the project's scholars, this electronic journal is dedicated to the history of African-American religion.
The Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame is a leading center for the study of American Catholicism.
American Studies Crossroads provides reviews of a rich variety of web sites relating the study of American culture and history.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic was a ground-breaking exhibit at the Library of Congress on the role of religion in colonial, revolutionary, and early national America; now the entire exhibit is available online.
If you're looking for places to study religion, check out the Directory of Departments and Programs of Religion in North America, sponsored by the Council for the Study of Religion.
The Ecclesiological Society, founded in the mid-nineteenth century, has produced a site for those who love church architecture and church furnishings. It's major focus is English, but it also features churches elsewhere.
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary does sociological work in a wide variety of topics in American religious life, of interest to both scholars and church leaders; the results of a lot of this research is available through their web site.
The Lilly Endowment, which supports our Project, has funded much research in American religion. Information and and reflection on much of that research is available at the Endowment's Resourcing Christianity web site.