Use of Distance Education by Religions of the World to Train, Edify, and Educate Adherents


  • P. Clint Rogers
  • Scott L. Howell



Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha'i, Jewish, and Christian organizations are all experimenting with distance education for various reasons and to different extents, due to religious, economic, and political factors. Religious institutions worldwide are not only turning to the World Wide Web (WWW) to place information concerning religious beliefs and provide virtual services for their constituents but are also getting more involved in formally educating their members at a distance. This paper will document some of these educational efforts and the reasons behind the expanding use of distance education by several of the major religious institutions for training, edifying, and educating their religious adherents.

Keywords: distance education; distance learning; religion; religious education and training; religious institutions; theology

Author Biographies

P. Clint Rogers

P. Clint Rogers is completing his doctoral studies at Brigham Young University (BYU), Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Clint’s interest in international education include developing AIDS awareness programs in Africa, international business consulting in England, and collaborating with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on training products in 50 languages. Clint may be reached via email at:

Scott L. Howell

Dr. Howell is the assistant to the dean for the Division of Continuing Education at Brigham Young University. He has been the director of the Center for Instructional Design, Bachelor of General Studies Department, and assistant director of the Department of Independent Study. Dr. Howell received his Ph.D. in instructional science and his M.S. in community education. To contact Dr. Howell, email:




How to Cite

Rogers, P. C., & Howell, S. L. (2004). Use of Distance Education by Religions of the World to Train, Edify, and Educate Adherents. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 5(3).



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