Outstanding Links: 04 Christian Studies and Church History

Arch ImageOver the next few days, I want to share a few remarkable websites that are accessible at no cost to the public and are related to the types of topics in which CECS specializes. The links provided are active, so merely click to enter. A few lines of text describe each site in order to assist users navigate the content. These have taken several months to accumulate and are the result of evaluating numerous contributions that are currently maintained under the auspices of universities, organizations, foundations, and outstanding scholars.


Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is a digital library of scripture, history, and literature under the direction of Harry Plantinga, professor of computer science at Calvin College. Since 1993, the site has included numerous books, early patristic writers, biblical translations, commentaries, encyclopedias, reviews, and other online resources. It is a massive virtual theological library.


“Religion in American History” is the work of three master bloggers and dozens of contributors, each with a full biography supplied. The content is extensive, with academic expertise and a search engine to locate specific topics. The site was launched in 2011 and has maintained the highest standards. This is a unique website, is unparalleled in its field, and is easy to navigate and a delight to read.


Christianity.com is a member of the Salem Web Network that hosts a group of writers and editors on topics related to the history and literature of the faith. The site is organized according to topics and provides theological articles, videos, and audio excerpts. The website also contains study tools, translations, commentaries, concordances, lexicons, blogs, and related resources.


Early Church.org.uk digitizes rare and out-of-print books and articles; of the latter over 32,000 are available online. Detailed bibliographies are provided as are related resources. Rob L. Bradshaw founded the site in 2001; he is a graduate of Bangor University, Wales, who studied at Mattersey Hall Bible College. The site lists hundreds of journal articles, some of which are scanned for download.