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What is Patheos?

Founded in 2008, is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs.

Why use Patheos?

User-friendly. Objective. Interactive. Unmatched in the terms of depth, breadth, and expertise.

Why Study World Religions?

Understanding the faith traditions of the world prepares the student for participation in a rich, globalized, multicultural, and diverse community.

How is the Library organized?

The Patheos Library gives the student a deep and broad understanding of each religious tradition.


If you are researching religious perspectives on a particular contemporary topic, go to Topics, which includes articles that address:

  1. Abortion

  2. Same-Sex Marriage

  3. Greed and Capitalism

  4. End of Life

  5. Interfaith Marriage

  6. Religion and Sports

  7. Interfaith Dialogue

  8. Afterlife

  9. Conversion

  10. And more!

If you would like to read articles or blogs by adherents of a particular faith tradition, go to the tradition-specific portal. Patheos offers portals into:

  1. Atheism

  2. Buddhism

  3. Catholicism

  4. Evangelicalism

  5. Hinduism

  6. Islam

  7. Judaism

  8. Mormonism

  9. Paganism

  10. Progressive Christianity

If you wish to study the ways that different religions are developing in the modern world, and the ways their leaders and participants perceive their communities' future development, go to our Future of Religions page, which offers a vast array of articles on trends, conflicts, and possibilities in the decades to come.

If you're interested in a particular country and its religious diversity, go to our Country Profiles, which identify each nation in the world today with its religious, ethnic, and linguistic characteristics.

The Patheos Lenses can help you with the genealogy of religions, their dates and places of origin, and side-by-side comparisons of key beliefs.