History and Church History

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General Resources and Metasites

Religion Online

Contains links to articles on various historical topics by a number of well-known scholars. Resources here are not always the deepest in any area, but this site covers probably the broadest range of topics found in any Christian resource site and is easy to navigate.

Internet Theology Resources: Medieval Church History

Links to primary sources, posted by the College of Saint Benedict at Saint John's University in Minnesota. Mostly early and late medieval, but also some patristic texts. Moderately useful, of particular benefit if you are looking for non-English translations of primary texts.

Websites on the History of Christianity

These links are posted as part of Yale University Library's Research Guide for Christianity.

Historical Societies and Organizations

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American Society of Church History

The American Society of Church History is arguably the pre-eminent scholarly organization of academics in the field. The site is of limited benefit if you are not a member, the one notable exception being the excellent annotated list of links to a variety of sites and online journals.

Canadian Society of Church History

A modest site which informs about meetings and papers, but not much more.

Christian History Institute

In addition to a searchable database, this site features thumbnail sketches of the Church, century by century, a listing of 100 key events in Church history (listed chronologically), and a listing of famous individuals by birthdate. This site is designed more for casual use and entertainment than serious study, but has some value for researchers.

Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies

Information about meetings as well as electronic versions of academic papers presented at gatherings sponsored by the Institute.

Historical Resources by Period

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Early Church

Pre-Christian to 600 (note that dates are very approximate guidelines)

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Early Church

Following a topical approach, this site hosted by R. Bradshaw provides bibliographical information as well as full-text articles and other online resources.

Bible History Online

The strength of this web site is its large collection of links to biblical history resources, including rabbinic documents and information on biblical archaeology and ancient civilizations, including timelines, charts, and images. It is one of the better amateur resource sites in this area.

Biblindex

Source for research on the Bible in the early church. Comprises about 4000,000 biblical references that incorporate all the published volumes of Biblia Patristica (which catalogue all the biblical references and allusions in patristic literature). Also included is unpublished references from the archives of the Biblia Patristica on Athanasius, Chrysostom, Theodoret of Cyrus, Procopius of Gaza, and Jerome.

NewAdvent (Church Fathers)

Hosts older translations of the 38 volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers and The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

Guide to Early Church Documents

Though links may be unstable, this is a useful collection of Early Church/patristic sources, including early creeds.

Theology WebSite: Church History Study Helps

The strength of this listing of Church history articles is its coverage of the Greco-Roman background into which early Christianity was thrust in its first five centuries. The site is maintained by Scott Foutz, PhD student of Systematic Theology at Trinity International University and part-time faculty member at North Park University in Chicago.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

Paul Halsall from Fordham University has compiled this list of links to source texts and articles about the Ancient Near East. It is arranged topically and is keyword searchable. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

The Gregory of Nyssa Home Page

In addition to information about and images of Gregory of Nyssa, this page aims to point ultimately to all online English editions of his writings.

Medieval (600-1500)

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Medieval History Sourcebook

The outstanding collection is compiled and edited by Paul Halsall of the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. It is arranged topically and is also keyword searchable. Please note that this site includes some Reformation sources. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

Byzantine and Medieval Studies Links

This list of links is arranged topically. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall ofFordham University.

The Labrynth

Hosted by Georgeton University, this site has an extensive collection of resources on medieval and Byzantine studies.

Reformation and Early Modern/Enlightenment (1500-1750)

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Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Halsall's collection spans the Reformation, Early Modern, and Modern periods, covering events from the Reformation to the present. It is arranged topically and is keyword searchable. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Post-Reformation Digital Library

This site catalogues all know public domain works with links that access library searches and downloadavble editions. Covers not only the well-known sites (through Google Books and Archive.org), but also the resource of European libraries.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Located on the third floor of the E. J. Pratt Library at the University of Toronto, the Centre also has considerable research resources and links online which cover the period between 1350 and 1700.

 

Modern History (1750-present)

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Historical Resources by Geographical Region

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European History

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Ad Hoc: Resources for Teaching and Research relating to the History of Christianity

Posted by Yale Divinity School, this somewhat disappointing collection of images and texts (mostly images) is also partially restricted to the Yale community. There are a few items of interest, however. User-friendliness is this site's strong suit; the database is searchable and browsable by geographic location, historical era, and object type.

The Labrynth

Hosted by Georgeton University, this site has an extensive collection of resources on medieval and Byzantine studies.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Nazism

Documents, speeches, and songs from National Socialist Germany, including church reactions and responses. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall ofFordham University.

British History Online

Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, this site includes resources on "Ecclesiastical and Religious History" which gives access to full-text published resources such as biographical information on the clergy of the Church of England, and monastic and cathedral records.

American History

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Church History-Catholic

This assortment of links and articles, mainly about Catholic Church history, is posted by Spring Hill College, a Jesuit school in Alabama. It contains selections grouped according to chronology (Early Church; Middle Ages to Present) and geography (Western and Eastern hemspheres). Probably not surprisingly, it contains little information on the Reformation or Protestant denominations, but it does include a good selection of American Catholic diocesan histories.

Women in American History

This collection of biographical articles is published by Britannica Online, the internet edition of the famous encyclopaedia. The index of articles is cross-listed by name, category, keyword (for browsing only), and state of birth. The collection is not purely of women in Church History, but includes a good assortment of women relevant to American Church History.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. It comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library. Users can search by keyword or browse the lists of authors and subjects.

American Memory

Collection of material from the Library of Congress including images, maps, and documents.

Divining America

Hosted by the National Humanities Center designed for history teachers with essays by recognized scholars.

Material History of America Project

A database of objects and documents and an electronic journal that focuses on material artifacts pertaining to American religious history.

American Methodist Project

Historical materials relating to American Methodism. Includes a digitized version of Encyclopedia of World Methodism.

African History

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography

This interesting repository of biographical sketches of African Christians, from the ancient Church to the present, is searchable by country (using a map of Africa) as well as by name. The site is maintained by the Overseas Ministries Study Center of New Haven, CT. Also available in French.

Internet African History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Asian and Australian History

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Internet East Asian History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Korean Christianity

Produced by Prof. Sung Deuk Oak of UCLA the site covers all facets of Korean Christianity including art along with guides to original resources including newspapers and diaries.

Internet Indian History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Watchman Nee and the House Church Movement in China

A biographical essay of the great Chinese Christian leader written by Dennis McCallum, pastor of Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, OH.

Canadian History and Studies

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Library and Archives Canada

Among other resources, the web site of the National Library and National Archives has bibliographical links on a wide variety of topics, including those of interest for the study of Canadian church history, and also a searchable thesis collection.

Canadian Studies:Useful Links

Sponsored by the International Council for Canadian Studies.

H-Canada Discussion Network

This part of the H-Net forum is devoted to Canadian History and Studies.

Christianity and Other Religions

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Internet Jewish History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Religion Gateway - Academic Info

This collection provides some of the more comprehensive access I have seen to sites dealing with issues in Church History from world and comparative religions to Church and state and religious toleration.

The Pluralism Project

News and resources aimed at promoting engagement of religious diversity, from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.

Religious and Sacred Texts

A collection of texts compiled by David Wiley, a post-doctoral fellow in Instruction Technology at Utah State University.

SocioSite: Sociology of Religion

A large collection of links to Christian sites and sites representing other religions, as well as general religious resources, from the University of Amsterdam.

Women's History

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Internet Women's History Sourcebook

Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Church History -- Denominational and Religious Web Sites

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Anglican

Anglican Authors
Contains annotated links to websites with information on a variety of Anglican Authors including biographical information, primary works, articles,and archival repositories. Assembled by staff at the John W. Graham Library, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

The Anglican Domain

An informational web site about the Anglican/Episcopal church, and mainly geared toward the needs of Anglicans interested in setting up a web site, posted by the Society of Archbishop Justus from New York state.

Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland

Online, searchable version of the print version of same edited by J.A. Vickers (Epworth Press, 2003), in an expanded format.

Catholic

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Catholic Education Resource Center

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Church History

This assortment of links and articles, mainly about Catholic Church history, is posted by Spring Hill College, a Jesuit school in Alabama. It contains selections grouped according to chronology (Early Church; Middle Ages to Present) and geography (Western and Eastern hemspheres). Probably not surprisingly, it contains little information on the Reformation or Protestant denominations, but it does include a good selection of American Catholic diocesan histories.

Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

This official denominational site contains Orthodox lectionary and ecclesiastical calendar resources, but if you click on the "Our Faith" tab, you can also find links to articles relevant to the history of the Greek Orthodox church. Has useful articles about the early ecumenical councils.

Other Protestant Historical Sites

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General Commission on Archives and History:  The United Methodist Church

Information, finding aids, genealogical search facility on the archives and history of the United Methodist Church.

Baptist History Online Resources

Collection of online resources for Baptist history, including primary sources and publications.

Mennonite Historical Society of Canada

 Includes the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia Online.

Westminster Theological Seminary Resource Links

A particular strength of this page, in addition to a good collection of general church history links, is a sizable collection of links to Reformed historical and denominational sites.

Billy Graham Center Archives

Hosted by Wheaton College, this site includes searchable online database, oral history, mission archives, evangelism archives, biographies, genealogy

Issues in Church History

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Church-State Relations

Church-State Relations

This article, from the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia Online, examines the theology and history of the topic from an Anabaptist perspective.

Science and Religion

Counterbalance Foundation

An interactive library featuring new views on science and religion, as well as ethics and philosophy, from a variety of noted scholars and organizations.

Bede's Library -- Reasonable Apologetics

Original articles about Christianity, science, and philosophy, written by James Hannan, a PhD student in history of science at Cambridge University.

International Society for Science and Religion

Site promoting education through the support of inter-disciplinary learning and research in the fields of science and religion conducted where possible in an international and multi-faith context..

Sociology of Religion

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SocioSite: Sociology of Religion

A large collection of links to Christian sites and sites representing other religions, as well as general religious resources, from the University of Amsterdam.mworld religions,