Religious Scriptures Online

The following sites and documents offer online editions of the religious works of the world's major religions.

"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. ... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." — John Adams

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
See Jefferson Quotes on Religion

To love another person is to see the face of God.
— Les Misιrables, Finale: Fantine, Valjean, and Eponine

Zarathustrianism (Zoroastrianism, Mazdayazna)




  • Book of Enoch — Non-canonical apocryphal work, which probably had an influence on early Christian, particularly Gnostic, beliefs.
  • The Nag Hammadi Library — Scriptures found in Egypt of an offshoot of Christianity.
  • The Gospel of Judas — Gnostic gospel discovered in 1978.




  • The Mahabharata, translation by Kisan Mohan Ganguli — Epic religious journey of the seeker.
  • Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help (sans 110 interpolations), part of the Mahabharata, translation into contemporary verse by BS Murthy* — Dialog between Arjuna and Sri Krishna on the moral dilemmas of life.
  • Bhagavad-Gita translation and commentary by B. Srinivasa Murthy* and foreword by Christopher Chapple.
  • The Ramayana, translation by Ralph T. H. Griffith — Epic poem, a love story between Rama, an ancient King, and Sita, who is captured by Ravan, the King of Lanka (Ceylon). Rama lays siege and wins back Sita.
  • Sundara Kanda: Hanuman's Odyssey into Lanka in search of Sita, part of the Ramayana, translation into contemporary verse by BS Murthy* — Guide to spiritual solace.

*[BS Murthy and B. Srinivasa Murthy are different men.]


  • Sikhism is a religion of recent origin, founded in the 15th Century AD by its founder Sri Guru Nanak. Although like Islam it believes in the oneness of God and is opposed to idol worship.
  • Guru Granth Sahib, The Holy Book Of Sikhs

Taoism and Confucianism

  • China the Beautiful — Much material on Chinese religion, philosophy, and culture.
  • Tao De Ying of Lao Tze — Main work of Taoism.
  • Analects (LunYu) of Confucius (Kung Tze) — Main work of Confucianism.
  • Art of War of Sun Tzu — First military treatise, with lessons for other fields of human life.

Others and General

  • Resources in Religion — Links to the documents of the major world religions from Hillsdale College.
  • Constitutions of the Free-Masons, ed. James Anderson 1723, reprinted by Benjamin Franklin 1724 — Contains many ideas that later found their way into the U.S. Constitution.
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