This post will be slightly off from my usual topic of religion on the internet. But I just read an article (and two more it referred to) that stuck an emotional chord. The original articles was Mark Hulsether's Studying Religion is Suddenly Popular at Religion Dispatches.
On September 28 the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released the results of "U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, a nationwide poll conducted from May 19 through June 6, 2010, among 3,412 Americans age 18 and older, on landlines and cell phones, in English and Spanish." The Executive summary is interesting enough on its own and if you want to get more details, just follow the links in the right column.
As this Reuters article announced the Dead Sea Scrolls will be available online in high-resolution images. The New York Times coverage has more details about the history a of the scrolls and the technical aspects of the project of putting them online.
From my email box:The Islam in the West Program at Harvard University is presently soliciting short contributions for Islamopedia Online, a public web-based resource on contemporary Islamic thought and religious opinion available at at islamopediaonline.org
I just watched an amazing multimedia presentation of a Sufi shrine. I recommend you to immerse yourself (full screen volumes turned up, no interruption), as much as you can on a computer screen, into the world re-imagined and captured here. More on the experience after the official description:
Journal of Technology, Theology, and Religion is a new online journal, edited by Joseph Duggan and published by Sopher Press. Their content is slowly evolving and I hope the design of the website will too. For now the latter is quite simple, but the former is already worth following. I like that they announce on their Facebook page every time new content is added. Here is what they have online so far:
In order that the whole Torah, the five books of Moses, would be read in the course of a year Jewish tradition divides it into weekly sections, "parashot". It is customary to read and reflect on the week's parasha (singular form of "parashot"). Rabbis and others often develop a drash (exegesis/commentary) based on it, sharing a teaching they deduce from the Torah's texts. Last week I delivered a five minute long drash at the beginning of a meeting.