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From the National Council of Churches website
Especially interesting to graduates of Mr. Jefferson’s university
For generalists seeking an introduction
► Adherents.com - Religion Statistics and Geography Recommended
Listed here for their membership directory
[Ones with taxonomies are particularly recommended]
Weblinks on one long scrolling page; some annoying advertising animation; not as comprehensive as others; mis-categorizes some denominations
Developed by ChristianUSA.net. More a church finder than denomination list. Obviously covers only Christian churches (FAQ says “true biblical Christian churches”). Organized by state
A denomination list developed by a commercial firm, American Church Lists, Inc., that markets data. Only a list — no links
A list developed maintained by Becky and Paul Pasholk
Web resources of the religious bodies listed in the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches
Somewhat incomplete, but a work in progress on the Interfaith Calendar Web site
Evangelical Training Association’s site; fast-loading, though not as complete as others
► Ind-Movement.org: The World of Autocephalous Churches Recommended
Fr. Tony Begonja’s indispensable guide to autocephalous (“Independent-Movement”) churches; many entries found nowhere else
► List of North American Religions Recommended
Has listings for national offices of many traditionally-African American denominations
Listed here for their membership directory
Denominations listed alphabetically with no taxonomy, but a speedy pull-down menu if you know what you want
Compiled by Kenneth A. Wedin from the The 1999 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches
An Open Directory site, so only has entries that others have taken time to post; many denominations have entries for unofficial sites discussing the denomination
A Prodigy community bulletin board; has listings for non-Christian groups, but not comprehensive
Created by Clifford L. Holland, director of the Latin American Socio-Religious Studies Program
► The Unofficial Home Page of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church Top recommendation!
Built by Jon Zuck; the place to begin if you are trying to sort through the various permutations of “catholic” churches. This is not the original URL. Not sure if this is a mirror or Jon moved the site here. But try it, you’ll find it a wonderful introduction to this whole topic.
by Clifton L. Holland,
for his doctoral dissertation. (“A History of the Protestant Movement in
Part of the God Bless This Mess! site on Christianity. One long scrolling document, making it somewhat hard to use; has narratives on some denominations on its page; misses many smaller ones
Has some exotic listings.
Also has listings of regional groups.
Loads fast, one scrolling list of denominations but few ads so scrolls quickly; listed alphabetically with no taxonomy; also has a church finder
► Approaches to taxonomy
■ Church-sect dichotomy tradition
Leo, editor. Religions of
Ernst Troeltsch. The Social
Teaching of the
■ Sociological tradition
Frank S., Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood. Handbook of Denominations in the
J. Gordon, editor. Encyclopedia of American Religions. Sixth edition.
Piepkorn, Arthur C. Profiles in Belief: The Religious Bodies of the United States and Canada. Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Bodies, Volume I. Protestant Denominations, Volume II. Holiness and Pentecostal Churches, Volume III. Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Other Churches in the Christian Tradition, Volume IV. San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1979.
Wach, Joachim. Comparative Study of
Essays in the History of Religions.
Sociology of Religion.
Wach, Joachim, Joseph M.
Kitagawa, and Gregory D. Alles. Introduction to the History of Religions.
Yinger, J. Milton. The
Scientific Study of Religion.
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