- UVa's Religious
- Early in the turn of this century, the
University of Virginia put together one of the best and most
comprehensive online libraries relating to modern day religious
movements. The effort was immense and could only be out shined by the
great and wonderful research conducted by the students and professors
of the Sociology Department.
- Begun nearly a decade ago in conjunction with a
course on New Religious Movements that Prof. Jeffrey K. Hadden had
taught at the University of Virginia for more than twenty years, the
Religious Movements Homepage Project has grown into an Internet
resource for teaching and scholarship that is widely acknowledged as
among the finest in the world. The site was originally @
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu and maintained profiles for over
100 different religions and paths of spiritual beliefs.
- The founding editor of the Religious Movements
Homepage Project, Jeff Hadden, passed away in 2003. Its new
editor-in-chef is Douglas E. Cowan, Assistant Professor of Religious
Studies at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Cowan will be overseeing the
ongoing development of the Web site and its migration to servers at his
- As this process is expected to take some time,
researchers may wish to consult an archived version,
2009.12 - I have not been able to access this site for
several months. Hopefully this is a sign that the new custodians of
this information are working on the republication of this site.
- Update 2014.07 -
The new site is up: The World Religions & Spirituality
- The last update to the original site was in
2007. Even though this information has been archived, I've been a bit
worried that the project might eventually be canceled and lost.
Especially in these economic times. I have solicited and attained
permission from Dr.Cowan to reprint a few of the profiles from the
original site that I think my readers might find interesting.
- The following are articles created by the UVA
project. They are intact and the content has not been altered. I have
removed some of the graphics and links from the pages so they will work
functionally here on PagansPath.com.
- Please note:
- These pages are not written or created
by me or anyone associated with Pagan's Path. They were and still are
the property of the University of Virginia (or it's designated
representative). As such, they are not maintained or kept up to date
here on my site. If you find a broken link, you can let me know and I
will try to find a new link from the WRSP site, or I will update the
page here on Pagan's Path with a notation.
please remember; this is not a complete list of the Religious Movements
from UVA. This is only a few that I find interesting or help clarify
the beliefs of Pagan Metaphysics from other religious paths.
- In addition to these links, you might also find
some of these helpful. These are posts on my blog that share my
personal research, understandings and even a few clarifications laid
out in the UVA articles.
- You can find more information about Pagan
Metaphysics on Reflections A-Z as well.