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Interested in learning more? The links, books, and podcasts below are a good place to start!

You can always come by the Office of Spiritual Life or reach out to any staff member for assistance with a particular subject matter or just to chat.

Audio and Video
  • IFYC’s Common Knowledge deals with topics of religious literacy, with a different guest on each episode to talk about their tradition. You can listen on Apple PodcastsStitcher, and SoundCloud.
  • On Being with Krista Tippett poses the questions “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” You can listen on the website or on Apple PodcastsSoundCloudStitcher, or TuneIn.
  • Pray as you go is a daily prayer podcast produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives. You can listen on the website or download on Apple iOS or GooglePlay. Other Catholic daily prayers are available at Sacred Space and Ignatian Spirituality.
  • A series of videos, ELI Talks are 12 minute conversations on “inspired Jewish ideas,” similar to TED talks. You can sort the talks by theme or speaker.
  • National Public Radio puts out a Religion topics podcast which collects the week’s stories pertaining to religion in one place. You can listen on the website or on Apple Podcasts.
  • PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly is a weekly news program that covers religion around the world.

Pluralism and Religious Diversity

  • Diana Eck, A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2001.
  • Martin Marty, The One and the Many: America’s Struggle for the Common Good. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Eboo Patel, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
  • Robert Putnam and David Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.

Religious and Interfaith Literacy

  • Stuart M. Matlins and Arthur J. Magida, Jr., eds. How To Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook
  • Diane L. Moore, Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007.
  • Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley, eds., My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
  • Stephen Prothero, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t. New York: Harper Collins, 2007.
  • Chris Stedman, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
Other Resources
  • The Pluralism Project’s On Common Ground provides a wealth of information on religion in the United States and on the history and practices of specific religious traditions. The Pluralism Project‘s main website offers other information, including a Boston-specific round-up of religious traditions.
  • The Huffington Post’s Religion section is a good collection of articles and blog posts about religion. The articles can be sorted by topic or by religions tradition.
  • The Christian Science Monitor is a news outlet owned by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, which publishes world news and presents articles about religious topics in an especially nuanced way.
  • My Jewish Learning provides a wealth of information on Judaism, ranging from articles to quizzes to recipes.
  • The Hillel Council of New England is the home for Hillel at local universities. Their website provides information on Hillel at various schools, as well as resources students might find helpful.
  • is a collection of articles on a wide variety of topics regarding Islam – history, news, and much more.
  • The National Catholic Review, America magazine, provides information on a wide variety of topics pertaining to Catholicism in the United States.
  • Busted Halo is a Catholic resource providing videos, articles, podcasts, and more about Catholicism and wider topics.
  • The Archdiocese of Boston provides faith resources, logistics, and information related to the local Catholic community.