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Christianity and World Religions: Getting Started

A guide that serves as a brief introduction to several world religions. It is intended to whet your appetite for further study and to help you understand the religious beliefs of others in today's global society.



This guide provides a number of useful resources. Use the tabs above to explore these resources concerning Comparative Religion.

  • Finding Books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
  • Finding Articles--good places to start when searching for journal articles
  • Websites--links to websites that may provide supplementary material

Note: Many of the resources listed here are limited to use by members of  The University of St. Thomas community (faculty, staff and students). If you are using the Guide off-campus, it will ask for a brief login to identify yourself as a member of The University of St. Thomas community before you can use these resources.

The Church....

“The Church rejects, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.” 

Nostra Aetate, #5

World Religions Online

World religions: Origins, beliefs, traditions & festivals


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Something to Ponder

1.  How did Vatican II change interfaith relations?

2.  How can studying world religions strengthen ones Catholicism?

3.  Common ground: Can you discern any universal truths that are shared by non-Christian religions and Catholicism?

4.  What gives a religion world status?

Off Campus Access


Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the UST Libraries are licensed for use by the St. Thomas community ONLY.  Because of this restriction, we need to verify that anyone accessing these databases is a current member of the St. Thomas community.