Creating a free, online resource for theology’s future


The School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, is exploring the possibility of creating a free, online Encyclopaedia of Theology, on the model of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. We are currently working on a proof of concept.

In the fullness of time, this Encyclopaedia will stand beside the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as a standard daily reference tool of scholars of theology and religion everywhere.

In countries and contexts where libraries and teaching collections are limited, the Encyclopaedia will fill urgent teaching and reference needs, and provide a solid foundation for the education of those serving the church and the academy.

All authors will be leading scholars in their fields and will write from within the traditions discussed. They will offer conceptually clear, academically rigorous, and theologically rich accounts of key terms, beliefs, practices, and movements.

Research networks will form around conceptual clusters of articles, including our exemplary, initial cluster ‘sacrifice‘.


  • The work will exhibit key encyclopaedic virtues of clarity, academic rigour, and compendiousness
  • Articles will be historically informed, but conceptually focused
  • They will engage the best of recent scholarship, and be kept up to date by their authors after publication
  • They will be fully peer-reviewed and expertly edited