Advancing religious literacy



Westar provides resources on the latest religious studies research to both members of the general public and academic scholars. Westar is not affiliated with any religious institution and does not advocate a particular theological point of view. At Westar, all serious questions about religion are welcome. In fact, Westar Fellows make an ethical commitment to share honest, empirically-based, inclusive research with the public.

Spring 2014 Meeting Resources

Resources for the Public

Become a Member
Support wide public access to accurate historical research on Christianity, the Bible and related topics. Get discounts on events, books and media.

The Fourth R shares the latest thinking from religion scholars and writers – in non-technical language for a general audience.

Seminar Reports provide data on topics related to early Christianity, based on long-term research projects by leading scholars in religious studies.

Regional and national events
Join meaningful conversations with scholars and peers about religion.

Westar isn’t alone in promoting new approaches to religion and religious literacy. See our list of organizations and helpful links.

Resources for Scholars

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Westar Fellows share ongoing research in a collaborative, cumulative format. Fellows make an ethical commitment to share research with the public.

Forum publishes current research in biblical and cognate studies. Features articles on the historical Jesus, Christian origins, and related fields.

Polebridge Press welcomes book proposals on topics related to early Christian history, including reference works and books for the public.

Regional and national events
Share and discuss ongoing research with fellow scholars and members of the public.

Koine Greek keyboard: A free resource developed by Char Matejovsky for scholars and specialists.


Study Groups

Looking for a way to get to know other people interested in questions that matter about religion in society today? Westar members host study groups in their local communities. These groups are diverse in their interests and approaches. You can also host your own study group. Click “Find a Study Group” to see a list of names and contacts, along with more information about how to host a group in your area.

Find a Study Group

Study Guides and other resources are available under the Resources tab on books and media pages, including:

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