Religions Texas is a digital public humanities initiative that explores Texas as a site of religious encounter and a meeting place of religious difference. It’s rooted in the practices of community-based research, storytelling, and public history.
Central within the southern borderlands, Texas has always been shaped by encounter and exchange among diverse cultural and religious groups. Over the last several decades, the state has experienced exponential growth in terms of its economy and population, which has further contributed to the creation of rich and varied religious and cultural landscapes. Currently, the state is home not only to the largest number of Evangelical Protestants, but also to one of the largest Muslim populations and Hindu populations in the United States. The Religions Texas initiative traces the contours of the religious landscape of Texas and explores the varied ways in which encounters among religious and cultural differences shape identities, social movements, and civic spaces. It tells the story of Texas through the memories and perspectives of its people.
Religions Texas is an initiative of the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and support from the University of Texas at Austin Department of Religious Studies.
The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding.