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About ReligionFacts

Thank you for visiting ReligionFacts! Below is some information about this website, presented in the form of Frequently Asked Questions.

What is ReligionFacts?

As its name suggests, the purpose of ReligionFacts is to provide "just the facts" on the world's religions and topics of religious interest. Every effort has been taken to present material from an impartial, academic perspective.

This site has no mission or agenda other than to provide useful and interesting information on religion in an accessible format. Our goal is to combine the benefits of a print encyclopedia of religion with the unique capabilities of the Web to create a single convenient online resource for information on religion.

Who is this site written for?

The information on ReligionFacts is intended to be comprehensive and reliable enough for students, teachers, journalists and religious professionals, but also accessible and useful to those with only limited knowledge of religion. ReligionFacts therefore offers detailed articles and treatments of specialized topics as well as just-the-basics overviews, facts and figures, timelines, maps, glossaries, and comparative charts.

Similarly, ReligionFacts is intended to be a useful resource for people of any religious background or none at all. Its goal is to enable you to learn more about your own faith, compare it with another faith, investigate several belief systems, or just satisfy your curiosity about some aspect of a particular religion.

When and why was this site founded?

This site was founded in March 2004, for the same reason many websites come about - I was looking for a certain kind of online resource and didn't find one, so I decided to make it myself! What I wanted was a single website where I could quickly find information on just about anything related to religion, rather than having to sift through search engine results, read past the biases of supportive or critical sources, or find my way around several different websites. And I wanted that one website to contain reliable, scholarly information by a knowledgeable author and with well-documented sources. I have tried to make ReligionFacts as close as possible to this ideal resource I had imagined, and I have had a great time doing so.

That leads to the second reason I created ReligionFacts – I enjoy studying religion and this provides a focus for my studies. I think religion is a fascinating subject and writing articles, designing charts, and categorizing topics helps me to retain and understand what I've learned from my research.

Who is the webmaster?

I am an American with a master's degree in religion. I have chosen to keep everything else anonymous. This is primarily because I believe it helps support the goal of this website as an objective source if I don't reveal my religious or ethnic background, specific area of academic study, or related information. I also don't want to present myself as an authority on the subjects here. Although I have academic training, I am no expert and write these articles only as an interested private researcher.

What religion are you, if any?

As mentioned above, I'm not telling and it's not relevant anyway. ReligionFacts is not intended to promote or support any one religion and I have done my best to keep any and all personal biases out of it.

Who designed the site?

I (the webmaster) did. I knew nothing about web programming when I first decided to create ReligionFacts, but I have done my best to learn as I go. I started with making really basic pages with good old FrontPage, moved on to Dreamweaver, and am now a fairly advanced programmer in HTML, PHP, and Javascript. As it turns out, I have enjoyed the technical development and design of ReligionFacts.com, along with the content.

How do I cite ReligionFacts as a source?

In order to cite ReligionFacts as a source for a school essay or project, please consult the writing style manual specified by your school (APA, MLA, etc.) regarding citation of Internet sources. For convenience, we provide sample MLA citation format at the bottom of article pages. See "MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications)" for more information.

Article Info

Title About ReligionFacts
URL www.religionfacts.com/about
Short URLrlft.co/1880
UpdatedNovember 18, 2016
MLA Citation“About ReligionFacts.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 21 Jan. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/about>

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