The Historical Index of
Religious Missions lists more than 800 sites providing information
for the study of the proselytisms in the past and present. Proselytism
is understood here in a broad perspective, as the movement of faiths,
rituals, beliefs, practice and people... continues
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Historical Index of Religious Missions Indexes of Virtual Resources of Religious Missions:Learning
École des Hautes Etudes
en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, France). "An important and well
known institute of higher education, which is directly associated with the
Ministry of Education, Research and Technology. Its mission is to undertake
research and instruction in the social sciences. Also incl uded in its mission
is the investigation of the relationship between the social sciences and the
natural and life sciences.
"Fordham offers a distinctive educational experience rooted in the 460-year
old Jesuit tradition of intellectual rigor and personal attention, set amid
the dynamic rhythm of New York City, the cultural and commercial capital of
(In-USA). "Christ-centered liberal arts college that is owned by the
Church of the United Brethren in Christ. With the conviction that all truth
is God's truth, the College exists to carry out the mission of Christ in higher
education." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
X 1497-1999 (By Damian Lopes). An ongoing poetry-multimedia
installation. It explores discovery, technology and colonialism by using the
internet to re-examine Vasco da Gama’s first voyage from Portugal to Africa
and South Asia in 1497-99. Email: ProjectX@bitwalla.com.
of Abraham Project. Hosted at the Brigham Young University. Web project
aimed at providing texts of early Christianity as well as of latecomers such
as the Mormons, of whom it has an interesting collection : "Journals,
Diaries, Biographies and Autobiographies of Some Early Mormons and Others
Who Knew Joseph Smith, Jr. and/or His Contemporaries." E-mail: email@example.com.
Historical Texts Project (Hanover College History Department, Hanover,
Indiana-USA). "The Project's principal aim is to make primary texts readily
available to students and faculty for use in history and humanities courses."
Among the numerous texts offered by this institution affiliated to the Presbyterian
Church there are the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
History Sourcebooks Project (Fordham University,
NY-USA). "A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical
texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational
das Cartas Anuais das Missões da Etiópia (Arquivo
Distrital de Braga-Universidade do Minho, Departamento de Informática, Portugal).
Very interesting Portuguese project offering besides that resource also some
inquisitorial catalogs from the Arquivo Distrital de Braga (ADB).
Religionum (Germany). "Das Projekt verfolgt ein wissenschaftliches
Anliegen:... und ein praktisches Anliegen für das Zusammenleben der Religionen:die
bisher weitgehend isolierte Erforschung christlicher Mission zu überwinden,
zu einer interreligiösen Beschreibung von Mission zu gelangen und die
Perspektiven verschiedener wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen zu vernetzen, die
sich mit Mission befassen."
- Die römischen Papst- und Kardinalsgrabmäler der
frühen Neuzeit, Form und Anspruch (Humboldt Universität, Berlin-Universität
de la Cruz Project. The Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Project consists
of an electronic edition of her complete works based on the text of Adolfo
Méndez Plancarte and Alberto G. Salceda. Sponsored by the Department
of Spanish and Portuguese, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
da Gama Chair - The History of European Expansion (European University
Theological Institute. "An association of nine theological schools
in the Greater Boston area, is one of the oldest and largest theological consortia
in the United States. It is the only one to include as constitutive members
schools representing the full range of Christian churches and confessions.
The School offers a program in Comparative Christianity, faculty colloquia
in numerous theological disciplines, the Certificate in International Mission
& Ecumenism and the Certificate in Science & Religion. E-mail: email@example.com.
C 18. International
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies-Société internationale
d'étude du XVIIIe siècle, "founded in 1967 to preserve
the cultural history of the Enlightenment. It is a world-wide multidisciplinary
organisation of 7.500 members belonging to 29 national societies known as
constituent societies." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traditionalist Orthodox Studies. "The Center serves to promote,
disseminate, and publish studies of the Old Calendar, or traditionalist, Orthodox
movement and to sponsor, encourage, and publish studies of the Orthodox Church,
its history, and its spiritual traditions. The ideas and opinions expressed
in the various publications of the Center do not necessarily represent the
ideas and opinions of the Board of Advisors or the Center's Directors."
Centro de Estudos
de História do Atlântico (Funchal- MADEIRA,
Portugal). "...Criado em 1985 pelo Governo Regional da Madeira para promover
a investigação histórica sobre as ilhas atlânticas. Mantem desde 1994 esta
página com o objectivo divulgar as suas actividades e servir de ligação entre
os Internautas interessados na História das Ilhas Atlânticas." Email:
Mission Studies Associations. "A nonprofit public benefit corporation
formed with the following educational purposes: To preserve, advance and promote
the Hispanic period historic resources in the State of California; To advance
and promote development of archaeological, historical, museum and archival
resources; To promote, conduct and coordinate research projects resulting
in the preservation and restoration of period landmarks; and To encourage
and support educational opportunities for interested students of the Hispanic
period and for persons of the public community regardless of color, race,
creed, sex or age." E-mail: email@example.com.
for the Study of Religions (EASR). Its objective "is to
promote the academic study of religions through the international collaboration
of scholars normally resident in Europe whose research has a bearing on the
the Study of American Evangelicals (Wheaton College, Illinois, U.S.A.).
Institute founded in 1982 by evangelical historians, interested in topics
such as: "the impact of the foreign missions movement on North America,
the financing of American evangelicalism, and most recently a study of American
hymnody." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for Mission Studies. "International, inter-confessional
and interdisciplinary professional society for the scholarly study of Christian
witness and its impact in the world. There are some 600 individual and corporate
members around the world. We publish our journal, Mission Studies, twice a
year." E-mail: email@example.com.
dei Capuccini (Roma, Italy). "Fondato nel 1930, l'Istituto Storico
dei Cappuccini, è un'istituzione di ricerca scientifica impegnata nell'
investigazione storica e nello studio del francescanesimo, in modo particolare
della riforma dei Cappuccini (sec. XVI), nelle sue diverse espressioni, approfondendone
la dimensione storica, dottrinale, spirituale e iconografica." E-mail:
Study Center (Connecticut, U.S.A.). "The Overseas Ministries
Study Center seeks to strengthen the Christian world mission by providing
residential programs for the renewal of missionaries and international church
leaders, continuing education in cross-cultural Christian ministries, and
advancement of mission scholarship through research and publication."
Religious Mouvements Page (University
of Viriginia VA, USA). Interesting site of a center dedicated to the study
of religious phenomena from a Sociological point of view.
The Ricci Institute
for Chinese (Western Cultural History). "Established in 1984
at the University of San Francisco and incorporated into the University in
1988 as the research arm of the Center for the Pacific Rim, the Ricci Institute,
named after the 16th-century Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, dedicates its
resources to publications, sponsorship of symposia and lectures, and collaboration
between Chinese and Western scholars in the field of Chinese-Western cultural
history with a concentration on the history of Christianity in China."
(Dallas-TX, U.S.A.). Formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics,
this organization works with language communities worldwide to facilitate
language-based development through research, translation, and literacy. E-mail:
Woodstock Theological Center (Georgetown University,
Washington-DC, USA). "An independent nonprofit institute at that engages
in theological and ethical reflection on topics of social, economic, business,
scientific, cultural, religious, and political importance. The Center does
research, conducts conferences and seminars, and publishes books and articles.
Among other materials, provides some letters by St. Ignatius.
The Warburg Institute.
"The Warburg Institute of the University of London exists principally
to further the study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements
of European thought, literature, art and institutions which derive from the
ancient world. It houses an Archive, a Library and a Photographic Collection.
Becket Fund (Washington-D.C., U.S.A.). "Fund for Religious Liberty,
bipartisan and ecumenical, public-interest law firm that protects the free
expression of all religious traditions. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Missions Foundation
(San Francisco-CA, U.S.A.). "Created to raise funds for the ongoing preservation,
restoration, and maintenance needs of the California missions."
Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris, France). "Le Centre Culturel Calouste
Gulbenkian a pour objectif la promotion de la culture portugaise en France.
Il fut fondé en 1965 a Paris."
Verbiest Foundation (K.U.Leuven, Belgium). "Cultural Center of the
China-Europe Institute of the Catholic University of Leuven, is a non-profit
corporation organized in cooperation between the Catholic University of Leuven,
the CICM (Scheut) Fathers and the Brothers of Charity (Gent). The purpose
of the Foundation is: To promote cultural and scientific exchange between
East and West, more particularly between China, Mongolia and Europe. This
includes the promotion of inter-church exchange between the Church of China
and Churches in Europe; To promote mutual appreciation and friendship between
peoples from East and West; To contribute to the socio-economic development
of China and the Republic of Mongolia." E-mail: email@example.com.
Fyssen. French Fund dedicated to promote studies
in Ethology, Psychology and Anthropology.
(Lisbon, Portugal). "The Fundaçao Oriente was created on 18 March
1988 and is a non-profit-making private law organisation with established
legal status." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tavera (Madrid, Spain). Spanish institution for Latinamerican studies:
"La Fundación Histórica Tavera es una institución
cultural sin ánimo de lucro, constituida en 1996, que tiene como objetivos
principales: La preservación, conservación y difusión
del patrimonio documental y bibliográfico de los países que
conforman la "Comunidad Cultural Iberoamericana". E-mail: Presidencia@Tavera.com.
Consultants on Religious Tolerance (Ontario, Canada). "Our eventual
goal is to help people value religious diversity. However, promoting religious
tolerance is the first step. It is a little difficult to encourage people
to enjoy the variety of faiths in North America when religiously based intolerance
and hatred is so widespread." E-mail: email@example.com.
(U.S.A.). "The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with funds
bequeathed to the United States by James Smithson. The Institution is as an
independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding more than 140
million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion
of knowledge". The Institution is also a center for research dedicated
to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences,
and history." E-mail: webmaster@si.
for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
(A. Katie Harris, Web Editor). "The SSPHS was founded in 1969 to promote
research in all aspects and epochs of Iberian history and related disciplines.
SSPHS conducts annual meetings, provides a forum for scholars of Iberian Affairs,
awards prizes for books, articles and dissertations, and publishes its Bulletin
triannually." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(New York-NY, U.S.A.). "The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological
Research, Incorporated, is a private operating foundation that supports basic
research in all branches of anthropology. Created and endowed in 1941 as The
Viking Fund, Inc. by Axel Wenner-Gren, the foundation's mission is to advance
significant and innovative research about humanity's cultural and biological
origins, development, and variation, and to foster the creation of an international
community of research scholars in anthropology." E-mail: email@example.com.
(Continues from the top of the page) Although a large amount of the information
concerns only Christian missions, I intend to provide information regarding
other confessions, such as Buddhism, Islam or Judaism, and also proselytisms
from the secular world: IGO's, NGO's, etc. The Index could also be used as
a source of data in itself, a research tool on the ways traditional and new
confessions try to communicate through the Internet.
The Historical Index of Religious Missions
is made of different pages which are always under construction. You will find
Virtual Resources produced all over the world world dealing with the past
and present of the Religious Missions. The documents and materials found on
this site should not be taken to reflect the view of the editor.
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