Two Excellent Resources

Just a quick post to alert you to two excellent resources I have discovered today.

One is the new documentary series from the BBC, entitled The Life of Muhammad. The first episode was just aired this week and it seems to balance informed but accessible scholarship with a respectful but not deferential tone. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who is interested… and indeed those who are not. I just wish everyone could see this sort of programme. Viewers in the UK can click the link and watch it on BBC iPlayer, where it is available until August 1 2011 (duration 60 mins).

The other resource is a website that I have stumbled across and will have to check out in much greater detail over the coming weeks. It is patheos.com, which describes itself as:

the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs. Patheos is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information or resources about religion. Patheos brings together the public, academia, and the faith leaders in a single environment, and is the place where people turn on a regular basis for insight into questions, issues, and discussions. Patheos is unlike any other online religious and spiritual site and is designed to serve as a resource for those looking to learn more about different belief systems, as well as participate in productive, moderated discussions on some of today’s most talked about and debated topics.

Whilst I haven’t had much of a chance to look around it, and whilst always being slightly irked at seeing religion being treated as distinct entities and institutions to which a specified number of adherents belong etc (the good old ‘world religions’ paradigm raises its head once more), there seem to be a huge number of resources here, with vast amounts information on certainly all the major religions in the world… and resources for teachers, students, academics, religious leaders, interested laypeople and more…

I hope both of these ‘tips’ prove useful :)

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About Chris

Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

4 responses to “Two Excellent Resources”

  1. Stuart says :

    Well that settles it. I have been toying with the idea of watching The Life of Muhammad, but worried it would be sloppy and sychophantic. So I will certainly take the time this evening based on your tip.

    Yes, Patheos is a huge resource. I tend to watch a few of the bloggers over there. Both Catholic and some academics that have just joined, who are classed as ‘progressive’.

  2. religionandmore says :

    Glad to be of service :) Really very enjoyable, and re-ignited my desire to go and visit ‘that part of the world’.

    I actually put in an application to help patheos complete their atheism section which is still under construction… we’ll see how that goes!

    All the best!

  3. Stuart says :

    I actually put in an application to help patheos complete their atheism section which is still under construction… we’ll see how that goes!

    Oh you’d be a truly excellent guy to do that. I wish I could recommend you.

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