About Religion Online


Religion Online is moderated by William F. Fore. It came about when Fore taught at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, during 1997. He discovered that books were almost impossible for students and professors to obtain. For example, a single copy printed in the USA cost about one-third of a

professor's monthly salary. When Fore checked out religious resources on the Internet, he found that most sites only refer people to other sites. There were very few sites providing actual texts, and even fewer with scholarly material written by recognized scholars. So Religion Online was born on August 25, 1997.


On October 21, 2011, Dr. Fore donated Religion Online to the Claremont School of Theology. In receiving the gift, the school agreed to assume oversight of Religion Online and responsibility for ongoing web site maintenance, development, and user and other queries; to create a physical manifestation of Religion Online on campus in the form of signage indicating "Home of the William Fore Religion Online Project"; to provide staffing, funding and workspace for the management of the resource; to be responsible for ongoing web site hosting costs; and as resources permit, to enrich the content of Religion Online. The school has created a faculty and staff committee to oversee the maintenance and development of the web site.



Religion Online is designed to assist teachers, scholars and general "seekers" who are interested in exploring religious issues. The aim is to develop an extensive library of resources, representing many different points of view, but all written from the perspective of sound scholarship. While the initial orientation has been to seek material written primarily from a Christian perspective, the ultimate aim is to broaden the scope to include material on all the world's major religions.


At present there are more than 6.000 chapters, monographs, speeches and articles on line. Each year more than 1.7 million visitors download more than 7 million documents from this site, including requests from more than 400 colleges, universities and schools of theology in the United States, and another 200 throughout the world.


Religion Online is made possible by the voluntary services of its editors. William F. Fore is Senior Editor and maintains the web site. Support for the Internet Service Provider and other operational costs is provided by a grant from the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California. Otherwise, no money changes hands, either for services or for the use of documents. Since the site began, ten people have worked as volunteer editors, including three husband and wife teams:

Rev. Harry and Grace Adams

Rev. Ted and Winnie Brock

Rev. William E. Chapman

Rev. Dick and Sue Kendall

Rev. Herbert F. Lowe

Mr. Paul Mobley

Rev. John C. Purdy

Copyright and Use

For each entry, use permission has been obtained or the book is out of print or copyright is believed to have expired. You may download the material, print or quote it for educational purposes, but may not use it for profit. Quotations should be cited. In most cases the print origin of the piece is indicated in the heading. If the document is original to this site, then Religion Online should be cited.


Where possible, a brief bio sketch of the author is carried in the heading. In some cases a list of books written by the author and links to other sites are included for those who wish further exploration.


Non-English Translations

Some individuals have expressed interest in translating essays and books from Religion Online into languages other than English, and then making them available through their own web sites. Permission is hereby granted for such translation, provided 1) that access to their site and use of the material is entirely free; 2) that the site provides a link to www.religion-online.org; and 3) that the Religion Online webmaster is notified about the existence of the web site. Our philosophy is that more is better!


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