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Other glossaries of religious terms on the Internet:

bulletAsatru terms: http://altreligion.about.com/ and http://hem.passagen.se/
bulletAtheist terms: http://members.madasafish.com/
bulletBuddhist terms: http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/
bulletA glossary of Mahayana & Tibetan Buddhism terms: http://users.hunterlink.net.au/
bulletChristian terms:
bulletChristian Church (Disciples of Christ): http://www.kencollins.com/
bulletCounter-cult Movement: http://www.watchman.org/
bulletEpiscopalian: http://www.holycross.net/
bulletEpiscopal/Anglican: http://www.vergers.org/
bulletEvangelical Christian: http://www.endtimes.org/
bulletMennonite terms: http://www.thirdway.com/
bulletOrthodox Christianity: http://www.antiochian.org/
bulletOrthodox liturgical terms: http://www.orthodoxpsalm.org/ (at bottom of page)
bulletRoman Catholic: http://www.newadvent.org/
bulletGnostic terms: http://www.kheper.net/
bulletHindu terms: http://www.digiserve.com/
bulletIslamic terms: http://www.islam101.com/ and http://www.geocities.com/
bulletJewish terms: http://www.digiserve.com/, http://www.ujc.org/ and http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/
bulletMetaphysical terms: http://thecave.virtualave.net
bulletReligion and Society at: http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/
bulletScientology and Dianetics terms: http://www.scientology.org/
bulletSikh terms: http://www.sikhs.org and http://www.canteach.ca/
bulletVampire/Vampyre terms
bulletWiccan terms: http://www.msu.edu
bulletZen terms: http://www.symynet.com/ and http://www.geocities.com/
bulletZoroastrian terms: http://www.avesta.org/

The Glossarist has a list of hyperlinks to -- at last count -- 76 religious glossaries and dictionaries at: http://www.glossarist.com/

The Religious Newswriters Association maintains a religion stylebook at: http://www.religionstylebook.org/

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References:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Jim Lawless, "Total Depravity" at: http://www.bibleclass.com/lib/misc/td.htm 
  2. Karen Armstrong, "The Battle for God," Knopf, (2000). This book studies Fundamentalism in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store 
  3. David Levinson, "Religion: A cross-cultural dictionary," Oxford University Press, (1998). Read reviews or order this book
  4. The "World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity" is available online at: http://www.ccel.org/php/wwec.php


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Latest update: 2011-JAN-23
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