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St. Clements University (Diploma mill)[edit]

I put that article up for afd at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/St. Clements University, and want to know if you can find some information about? I didn't really have any luck, as of now it fails WP:V. Arbusto 15:50, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

punctuation[edit]

I see that you are wikistalking me again and reverting my edits. The problem this time is that you are reverting in order to re-introduce puncuation errors that I fixed. I will assume good faith that you are doing so out of ignorance of proper use of punctuation, and when you blanked material in your rv here [1] it was by accident. You should review the rules with comma, and stop wikistalking me. If you are not sure about the rules you should not revert others. I have reverted all your below reverts of me as they simply re-introduce the same punctuation errors:

03:02, 25 September 2006 (hist) (diff) m 2006 Thailand coup d'état (fix punctuation error) 02:53, 25 September 2006 (hist) (diff) m Walt Whitman (rv punctuation error) 02:51, 25 September 2006 (hist) (diff) m Norman Finkelstein (rv punctuation errors) 02:45, 25 September 2006 (hist) (diff) m Amy Goodman (rv punctuation error).Giovanni33 04:06, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Question on Crown College[edit]

I saw you did a lot of changes to the Crown College article, and it looks good. But I do have a question on the categories, you removed several of the categories, like "Christian universities and colleges", I guess this is a wiki policy question, but that seems to me to be appropriate, why do we get rid of it? Mgroop 13:48, 28 September 2006 (UTC)


Question on Almeda University[edit]

Why would you invalidate true and factual information that is validated by accurate links? You are NOT NEUTRAL, but providing only the negative comments without providing a fair and factual representation. For example, the article about a dog getting an Almeda degree is completely inaccurate. According to the BBB, Almeda has rejected (turned down) over 90,000 applicants that didn't meet the requirements. Furthermore, Almeda requires a valid identification before it confers a degree. That article has been proven false several times as the author has failed to provide a copy of Rover's diploma even after numerous requests.
Next, Almeda was never closed down in Florida by legal action. The Oregon website quoted was wrong. The Florida news article quoted by Veronica was accurate. In it, it states that that in 2003, Almeda reached an agreement with the State of Florida to cease issuing degrees from within the state of Florida and to cease direct advertising to Florida residents. If you do some research, you will find this is accurate and your statement is false. There was never any legal action.
Now you are threatening to block this accurate information in favor of inaccuracies. What do you require as proof that your information is inaccurate?

The dog item getting a degree is not true. Perhaps I am biased, but you fail to give both sides of the Almeda argument. Only one. At least I give both sides. I am much more neutral than are you. Do you think everything in the newspaper is true? The news article has given no proof at all to the validity of the dog story. Did you know that when you get a degree from Almeda they validate your Identification? Do you want me to prove that? Where did the dog get his I.D.? It didn't happen. No "doggie diploma" has ever been produced because none exist. Yes, it has been requested numerous times. There's no doggie diploma issued by Almeda anywhere. Period!

Rebuttal,

Almeda University is a fraudulent Institution that has remain active because of loopholes in the law. The facts remain that they have no legal authority to operate as a University or to grant a legitimate college degree. Technically, as an unlicensed entity Almeda University is illegal in all States.

A few points to remember about Almeda University

1. Illegal in a dozen or more States. 2. Not registered as a legitimate College. 3. Not licensed as a legitimate College. 4. Not Bonded as an academic business because it is fake. 5. Has no legal authority to grant a real college degree. 6. Not recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education, CHEA,

  or any of their organizations.  

7. BBB has constant problems validating information about Almeda University

—Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.252.102.54 (talk) 14:24, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

removal of content regarding Kepler College[edit]

Please stop removing legitimate, reliable content regarding the programs of study at Kepler College. If you don't agree with the existence of the college, that's fine, please add your opinions and comments under Criticism and Controversy. But please don't remove factual information and quotes, especially about the description and history of the college! Thank you, Gary Lorentzen

The material is unsourced ad copy rather than encyclopedic content. A.J.A. 15:31, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
While I understand your perspective – I acknowledge and agree that Lorentzen is certainly far from an impartial judge of the College or its article – I would appreciate it if you wouldn't slice out chunks of text with the summary 'rvv'. While the remarks may be biased in tone, they're certainly not vandalism. Please consider, instead, revising the section in question to include factual information couched in more neutral terms. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 15:45, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
No. A.J.A. 15:48, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

A.J.A., what do you mean it's 'unsourced ad copy'? I simply stated the facts about the founding of the college, its authorization and its mission. What source should I use to describe the college? I could copy and paste the actual catalogue description and history, and I'm authorized to do so, but a simple, short summary should suffice. True, I'm not 'unbiased.' I developed the curriculum and instructional designs and worked with the State for authorization. My post simply stated facts. I did shorten Enid Newberg's response to the criticism and controversy section--I didn't realize it was so long, sorry. But this section is for expressing opinions and pov's, is it not? As long as you keep deleting, I will keep posting. Gary Lorentzen

A.J.A., please stop edit warring at Kepler College, and please refrain from using edit summaries that imply the other party is a vandal. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 12:19, 3 October 2006 (UTC)


Thank you TenOfAllTrades! Although I doubt A.J.A. will stop... Gary Lorentzen

AJ[edit]

AJ, It seems that we have been butting heads, so to speak, in certain articles. I would like to take this opportunity to open up a dialogue and see if we can come to some sort of reconciliation. I am under the impression that you consider my changes either malicious or, at the least, nefarious. Let me just assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. Furthermore, let me here say that I thoroughly appreciate your spirited contributions to wikipedia, and I do look forward to working with you in collaboration. I especially am thankful that you are so knowledgeable in Calvinism and Reformed Christianity, and I think this knowledge can only help the articles we work on. I will also say that I am a bit puzzled that we have so butted heads, even more so now that I have read your bio, since we are really so similar. Christian, pro life, you take the Bible seriously, — you even like coffee. I was raised in Dixie, both in Virginia and the Deep South, so (if I may venture) I am familiar and comfortable with the same culture and values that you exhibit. Our only real difference seems to be that I am Catholic, but I will say that I find myself far more comfortable with Reformed Protestants than liberals who fancy themselves as "catholics". So, at any rate, I really think we can work together, and I would like to try and come to a fresh understanding of each other and our past differences. Lostcaesar 11:37, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Re:[edit]

Good idea on the templates; it will take some time to implement but it seems like the best solution. I appreciate the kind words you had for me, and look forward to collaboration with you. Please don't stop keeping me honest. Your comments on my summary of Calvin were indeed off, he was speaking of the source of the authority of scripture more than interpretation, and I mistook the passage in question. I think my mistake was the source of much of our confusion in this instance. Lostcaesar 21:28, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Blocked[edit]

Please stop using vandalism templates and vandalism-related edit summaries in point-of-view and neutrality disputes.

You have been blocked for 24 hours; longer blocks will follow if you can't be civil in editing disputes. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 19:37, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

oops[edit]

I did not mean to rv the wording, my apologies. Lostcaesar 17:51, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Your protection request[edit]

Sorry, but I'm not convinced semiprotection would be the legitimate thing to do here at this point (WP:SEMI). Can you find other ways of dealing with it? As long as it's still on the level of a "normal" content dispute and not an extremely fast revert war, semi is really not the way to go. But please let me know if things get more disruptive. Thanks! Fut.Perf. 15:03, 7 November 2006 (UTC)


ESV userbox[edit]

Thought you might be interested in the new userbox I created: {{User:HokieRNB/userboxes/ESV}}. Grace and peace, HokieRNB 21:54, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

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Apologies[edit]

I apologize for my accusation; I will be sure to look in depth into a situation before reverting in the future. Sorry for any inconvenience. --// >|< Shablog 22:36, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

re:christianity[edit]

I didn't change too much, did I? Lostcaesar 09:08, 2 January 2007 (UTC) Bold text

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TonyTheTiger 01:11, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Huckabee, yet again.[edit]

I've refuted your allegations of Plagarism. A comaprison of WIkipedia's 3 Jun 2006 version to that on that other site, which was last edited 4 Jun 2006, shows that they took Wikipedia's copy, replaced some proper noun 'Huckabee's with pronouns 'him' or 'he', as appropriate, and then posted it. They ripped off Wikipedia, not the other way around. I asked you a week ago to follow up on this. As you chose not to, I have. ThuranX 18:50, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

No reply or response to my investigation of plagarism, and no replies nor help on the article. I am finding that I can no longer assume good faith regarding your participation in this article. You've been asked to be clear and asked for specific information on the talk page multiple times. Both ai.kefu and myself have tried to engage you on the talk page, but your only reply is essentially a big flipping of the bird. You dismiss anything we say as either ignoring your points, which, in fact, were all addressed, or by claiming we're out to get Huckabee. You ignore us in favor of essentially vandalizing the page. Either start working on building the section, or admit your bias against anything disparaging to Huckabee, or just leave the page alone. But continuing your vandalisms is unacceptable. You need to respond on the Talk Page to the comments left for you regarding your criticisms. ThuranX 22:51, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

The atmosphere at the Christianity talk page[edit]

Hi, I wonder if I could persuade you, as a gesture of goodwill, to go back to the Christianity talk page and strike through or otherwise modify your comments. Things can get quite heated on the talk pages of controversial articles, and sometimes when you're frustrated, speaking your mind may seem to make things better for you in the short term, but in the long term, it can be counterproductive. And in any case, it was most unfair to include SOPHIA among those who "hate Christians", when she actually restored the text of the Creed, and tried to calm things down after the "prayers are offensive" remark, and when (you may not know this) she was extremely helpful and concerned last Easter when some Christian editors from the Christianity article became victims of some very nasty stalking, wich their real identities (contact details, etc.) posted on some website. If you think that SOPHIA's edits are motivated by hatred for Christians, you're the only Christian editors who thinks so. "Hate" is such a strong word, suggesting that someone is consumed with a desire to hurt and destroy, that I'd hesitate to use it about any of our editors. There are undoubtedly some editors who believe that Christianity is the root of all evil, and I suppose we just have to try and show them (as far as possible, without turning Wikipedia into a debating forum) that they're wrong.

Anyway, if you could soften your remarks, that would be appreciated. The people with opposing views probably feel that they're right just as much as you or I might feel that we are, and a provocative remark will invite a provocative response, making it difficult to keep the discussion on topic. I'm not going to vote either, by the way. Musical Linguist 00:03, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

A.J.A., I specifically requested on the Christianity talk page last night that there would be no reference, direct or indirect, to past misbehaviour of any editor, unless there was evidence that the misbehaviour was continuing. I'm a little distressed to see this. As far as I recall, last summer, when Giovanni was facing the possibility of a community ban, and I and others agreed to a last chance, I gave some kind of undertaking to Giovanni that if the puppetting stopped, we would not use it against him. It was for that reason that I suggested, and other admins agreed, that the puppeteer tag should be removed from his user page, in order to make it easier for him to make a fresh start.
I suppose that the assurance I gave Giovanni was not mine to give. I could only speak for myself, in promising that there would be no ungenerous references to past incidents, no attempts to humiliate him in front of new users. I suppose the reason I felt safe making that promise was that the people who were opposing Giovanni were Christians, whom I felt I knew. It's disappointing to see that I was mistaken, and that even after a night's sleep, and time to cool down, you are still posting things that make the situation worse. The reference yesterday to "Storm Rider the Mormon" could be taken as quite offensive; certainly, it's clear that you didn't mean it as a compliment or as a neutral observation. And in bringing up another user's history of puppeting, despite the fact that that behaviour has stopped, you also took the opportunity to make a snide remark about Mormonism.
I asked Str1977 to stay away from the page where so many inflammatory posts were being made, and he agreed. When he came back the next day, he apologized for his part in adding fuel to the flames. Agathoclea made the same request of Giovanni, and he agreed. Sophia, who had not been disruptive in any way, also said she would take a break from that page. In recent months, we have all worked together well, so I was hopeful that when people had had time to calm down, this would blow over. I do appreciate the small gesture you made, in at least changing "hate Christians" to "hate Christianity", though I feel that what you changed it to is still unjust and unnecessary. I would love if you could bring yourself to remove your last comment, but even if you can't I would earnestly request you not to post any more of the same. The preview button is a great way to help editors not to post inflammatory stuff. I use it myself, when I'm annoyed with another editor; it helps me not to post things that will make the situation worse. Musical Linguist 02:00, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
A.J.A., I don't recall what I said to Giovanni at the time, and I don't have time to go looking for diffs. I certainly didn't make an explicitly-worded promise about exactly what people would or wouldn't say, on behalf of people who should have been consulted. I was, at the time, sending a few private e-mails to other editors. Suffice it to say that I would have felt comfortable in saying that I felt that my fellow Christians (and my fellow admins) would not stoop to taunting, or to making ungenerous references to something that I hoped would become a part of the past, and which, I think, has become a part of the past. It is indeed sad that I should be proved to be wrong in saying that Christians would not engage in such pettiness. I suggest that your inflammatory posts are likely to cause more damage to Christianity than Giovanni's annoying edits about Christianity being a self-styled monotheistic religion based on stories about a character called Jesus. Certainly, they are more damaging to Christianity than the removal of the Creed (replaced by a link to the full text) from the article would be, because they make Christians (and consequently Christianity) look bad — look really bad, in fact. I can assure you that "Storm Rider the Mormon", as you so insultingly called him, and Sophia, the atheist who "hates Christianity", as you also said (have you ever looked into the help she gave to Christians who were being stalked last Easter?), would never do what you have been doing in the last two days. I ask you to consider:
  1. Have your recent posts to Talk:Christianity been in accordance with what you feel Jesus would want?
  2. Do they make Christians and Christianity look good?
  3. Are they helpful in calming down the situation so that we can all start working together again?
  4. Do they have any advantage (other than perhaps giving you some kind of release from feelings of irritation) that you feel outweighs the disadvantage of offending others?
I really hope that you'll agree to stop making derogatory remarks about non-Christians, regardless of your opinions of them. I'm not going to take any admin action on a page I'm active at, but another admin might become interested in this squabble, and I can tell you that people have been blocked for less. Please, don't let it come to that. I think the atheists are big enough to let this blow over and make a new effort to work together, so the question is: are the Christians? Musical Linguist 22:29, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Curious about Huckabee edits[edit]

It seems like there were a few POV eidts in your large edit of the Huckabee article. I am curious as to the intent of the mass change and POV statements added in? Thanks - Eisenmond 20:47, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

3RR[edit]

Hi, you've been reported for a 3RR violation at Mike Huckabee and have been blocked for 24 hours. Please use the time to review the 3RR policy. Many thanks, SlimVirgin (talk) 01:04, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

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Request reason:

I know of no report other than a false one placed on the noticeboard. I did review the edit history and if you ignore the fact that "Reverting unsourced or poorly sourced controversial material about living persons" is exempt, it was a technical violation. But 1) you shouldn't ignore that (indeed, suggesting that I review a policy you need to review is insulting) and 2) blocks are supposed to be preventative rather than punitive, and there can be no reasonable preventative justification for this block. (Ed. to add: I'm not the only editor who's concluded the content falls into that category [3].)

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Malhotra[edit]

Why did you revert my edits on Malhotra? They were in good faith. The version you reverted to contains absolutely unsourced lies about Malhotra's being descendents of the Hindu Lord Yudhishtira, who is revered by most Hindus as a symbol of the ideal Hindu. You would thus understand the motives for wanting to say that all Malhotras are descendants of Yudhistira. The article also contains emphasis on the presence of an elite Dhai Ghar which rules over all other Kshatriya (rulers and warriors) in Punjab. This is unsourced and I believed Wikipedia relied on it's most basic policies like WP:RS, thus I am most disappointed and disconcerted by your revert. The version you reverted to also contains the names of non-notable people who's EXISTENCE is not even referenced. My version, if you check, contains only sourced and verifiable facts. I will not revert you for now because I want no conflict, but I would aks you to review your revert and revert yourself. dishant 07:22, 29 March 2007 (UTC)


Reply - Edits by Dishant55555[edit]

The edit by A.J.A removed edits by Dishant55555 which a number of users have put down as Vandalism by Dishant55555. The article mention's a Dhai Gar but does not as you claim, say they rule over everyone in Punjab, but it is a prominent grouping within the Khatri caste and does not give it undue note. This existance of this is clearly a historical fact (Google has 1,600 articles on it)


I have checked your other edits and note that you have made claims that Luthra 's (the page referes to Dishant55555 as Dishant Luthra) ruled over India with the Gupta's, and that Luthra occupy the senior army ranks and are ruling class, for which there are no sources. This is in clear violation of Wikipedia policies.

I note that Dishant55555 having repeatedly undone reverts from other users who have removed people who are clearly not prominent as per wiki guidelines indeed none of those listed appear to fulfil wiki guidelines -

Please see wiki notes on editing articles where you may have a conflict of interest such as a family link.

For example - You have repeatedly entered a Semma Luthra - as a politician - who another user has deleted as not being prominent citing that the link you have provided shows she is one of the losing politicians in a small municipal election.

Wiki guidelines state to enter a politician they must -

   * Politicians:
         o Politicians who have held international, national or statewide/provincewide office, and members and former members of a national, state or provincial legislatures.5
         o Major local political figures who have received significant press coverage.4
         o Just being an elected local official does not guarantee notability.

Dishant55555 please familiarise yourself with wiki guidelines before undoing other user edits.


I don't have time to reply right now and so I won't revert either. But when I do get time I will give you an explanation and will revert. Regards. dishant 09:21, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

I have replied on DaGizzas talk page. dishant 04:40, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Accreditation Governing Commission of the United States of America[edit]

An editor has nominated Accreditation Governing Commission of the United States of America, an article on which you have worked or that you created, for deletion. --Orange Mike 16:25, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

User Philosopher1[edit]

FYI, User:Philosopher1 who has been vandalizing Christianity is a suspected sock puppet of the notorious Maleabroad, whose exploits are documented at: User:Abecedare/Maleabroad. He has a long pattern of religious hatred and those who are disrupted by his continuous new socks are encouraged to report new incidents so he can be quickly identified and controlled. Due to extreme pressure on him from within the Hinduism project he appears to be moving out to secondary targets, and I believe that Christianity has been vandalized in connection with that. If you wish to help with control of this vandalism don't hesitate to post new evidence. Buddhipriya 19:11, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

re: persons[edit]

Hi there AJA,

I think my point in using the word person in reference to Jesus was in the broader context of mixing possibly disparate meanings and definitions in the article as a whole, i.e. ascension, assumption, translation, especially in relation to the search for a name for this article.

To say that Jesus and Mohamed and Appolonius were the same type of being experiencing the same type of journey to the same place is not supportable, in my view. Further, to state in the context of this encyclopedic article, that God the Father is a person in the same mannner that a mortal being is a person would be wrong. I also think that is very clear from the context of my note.

I am assuming in good faith here, in that I think Jesus is very important to you, that you are not just trolling to find someone to dispute with. I also stated that I use Judeo/Christian terminology to explore my own spiritual beliefs (including the term Docetism), but made no claim to being a Christian or representing the beliefs of that faith.

If the meaning and intent of my note is still unclear to you, let me know.

If you have any suggestions for the title of the article that resolve the problems I set out, please add them to the discussion.

If the rightness or wrongness of my personal beliefs is a concern of yours, please ponder it in the stillness of your heart.

Have a nice day, killing sparrows 19:49, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

It would have been more useful to keep the conversation on the Talk page.
In any case, you're quite wrong in your claims about usage. "Person" is the word for the Father and a human, and is used in the same sense. It doesn't mean "human". They had words for that, anthropos or homo. Hypostasis and persona were coined specifically to include both human and divine persons, and our "person" is a direct cognate of persona.
You did claim to represent the beliefs of Christianity. A.J.A. 20:20, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Hi there AJA,

The only references I have made to my beliefs are as follows...

'Being raised in a Western/Christian culture, as I assume most of us are (whether we are 'believers' or not), it is easy to assume that 'heaven' is a universal concept, but is that really the case?'

and...

'For the record, and totally irrelevant to the discussion, I use Chrisian/Jewish terminolgy to explore my own beliefs, such as they are. I think there is Something. Maybe.'

and the only claim I made as to what viewpoint I represent was...

'We are not writing an article for any smaller subset than humanity, it should be just as NPOV viewed by Christian, Muslim, Taoist or Atheist, or those in the embrace of the Noodly Appendages of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.'

As for my claim to be a confirmed Docetist, note the smiley face at the end of the paragraph. You may interpret this as my attempt to bring a bit of lightness into this discourse and at the same time recognize and appreciate your obvious familiarity with the deeper theological issues involved, which deeper issues, while valid, are irrelevant to the issue of the difficulties in naming this article.

...thus I find your claim of what I represent unsupported.

I do claim that I have enough knowledge of Christianity to say that these terms and persons have debatable, disparate meanings and natures, and that grouping them together presents a difficulty in the naming of this article. Which is what I was trying to spell out in the original post.

If you cannot see my point, then fine. If you think that all are the same in all charactaristics and all experienced the same event and went to the same destination in the same way and thus it is perfectly valid to group them all in the same article under any title, fine. State this in the discussion on naming.

As to moving the conversation here, we are not talking about the article, you are quibbling over my usage of the word person, my concerns over which I believe are clearly spelled out as relating to the context of this article and the potential ambiguities it introduces in defining the article and the criteria for inclusion in it.

Have a nice day! --killing sparrows 22:23, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

You said "This is a theological term with a precise meaning in the Christian faith", and then go on to offer a badly misleading summary of what, according to you, Jesus is believed to be "in the faith". That a misrepresentation of the beliefs of Christianity, and every misrepresentation includes, at least implicitly, a false claim to accurate representation.
If you don't know and refuse to learn what we mean by "person", you don't have enough knowledge of Christianity to describe fine differences in the terms, especially since you based your fine distinction on Jesus not being a person. A.J.A. 22:49, 8 April 2007 (UTC)


Hi there AJA,

We seem to have come to the point of what is nearly an uncivil dispute and for my part in that I apologize. I do see the point you are making regarding my errors in defining some terminology and beliefs, and in defense can only say again, I wasn't trying to precisely delineate the terms or concepts as much as I was trying to point out that there exists an issue in regards to naming.

I see from your edit history that you have made many valuable contributions to Wikipedia over a long period of time and I respect that and hope that as time goes by I can be as valuable to the project as you have been. I also see that we share many interests, although my short tenure here and smaller edit history will not reflect that.

I enjoy lively debate and would love to sit down and talk with you over a few beers and discuss life, the universe and everything, it is so rare to find someone who even knows what Docetism is!

I hope there are no hard feelings and that you can help with the naming issue if you are interested and that we get a chance to work together in the future in some positive way!

Have a nice day!killing sparrows 23:40, 8 April 2007 (UTC)


Category renaming vote[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2007_April_4#Changing_nomination. --Flex (talk|contribs) 00:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

WP Christianity[edit]

Hi, I saw your name on the WikiProject Christianity Membership page.

I've made some changes to the WP Christianity main project page, added several sup-project pages, created a few task forces section, and proposed several more possible changes so that we can really start making some serious progress on the project. Please stop by and see my comments on the project talk page here and consider joining a task force or helping out with improving and contributing to our sub-projects. Thanks for your time! Nswinton 13:16, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

I have reverted two of your edits. 1) Please do not remove the alternate identity of Abaddon, it is not up to you to decide what Jehovahs witnesses believe and it is the only belief on the identity of Abaddon that is not demonic, and 2) Please do not redirect an article into another, Jehovah into Yahweh without discussion and concensus, these articles are not the same. thank you Ice9Tea 13:00, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your reversion to the Abaddon article. Unfortunately it appears that Ice9Tea believes that NPOV means that only the minority JW position should be published and not the majority Christian position. 66.177.5.252 05:01, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

please stop redirecting the article Jehovah[edit]

it does not belong in Yahweh, it is a peparate article Ice9Tea 04:25, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Tetragrammaton[edit]

There are, of course, two issues: (1) whether there should be two articles on the Tetragrammaton and (2) where the edit history should be (with the Tetragrammaton or the Transcriptions of the Tetragrammaton article.

Assuming for a minute that there should be two articles, why do you think the edit history should be with the Tetragrammaton article and not the Transcriptions of the Tetragrammaton article? I actually thought about this and figured that there was more content about the transcriptions than anything else and so I decided that the edit history should go with Transcriptions of the Tetragrammaton.

What is your thinking on this issue?

--Richard 04:55, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

A person looking for the history of how Wikipedia has covered the Tetragrammaton will look at that article's history, not at a sub-article's history. A.J.A. 05:04, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Jehovah's Witnesses[edit]

Are you comfortable with the "footnote solution" proposed by Matt Britt over at Talk:Jehovah's Witnesses?

Since you were an active participant in the discussion, it would be good to get your input on this proposal.

--Richard 16:36, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Yahweh (disambiguation)[edit]

Please see my comment at Talk:Jehovah#Disambiguation_pages --Tikiwont 07:49, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Christianity and Buddhism[edit]

Hi A.H.A. Unilaterally destroying a 50Kb article just because you think it is POV is really not a solution on Wikipedia. Please discuss, modify and build on other's work rather than erase it all. There are a lot of references in there which cannot be denied (although I agree the article content is far from perfect). Thank you to respect other's work (of which I am only a very little part in this case). PHG 18:04, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

You are not "salvaging" anything by transforming this article into a meaningless stub. Honestly, it seems your only interest is in deleting any references to parallels and interactions between Christian and Buddhism. Why? Why delete parallel quotes, and even delete indisputable information such as the history of the Greco-Buddhist interaction and the embassies of Ashoka? PHG 19:00, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

POV pushing[edit]

aja, your opinion that revelation 9:11 specifically identifies Abaddon as a demon has been shown to be untrue. your belief that Jehovahs witness beliefs can be accurately stated in a publication called "Jehovahs Witness doctrine of deception" is POV. I will be asking for mediation on the Abaddon page. --Ice9Tea 14:19, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

On second thought I believe we can work this disagreement out between the two of us. please join me on the Abaddon talk page. thanks --Ice9Tea 14:54, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

AJA erasing content from your talk page proves nothing. but your calling me a heretic shows that you have bias against Jehovahs Witnesses. it shows in your editing. please remove the attacks from the pages abaddon and apollyon.Ice9Tea 11:41, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

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Thank you[edit]

Thank you AJA, with your suggestions the article Abaddon is starting to look better. Wonderpet 20:06, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

A.J.A. please discontinue reverting for the purpose of linking to anti JW websites, if you wish to do legitimate wikipedic editing pleaselearn to go about it properly, especially learn about NPOV and Libel. Wonderpet 00:20, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

The Devil Discussion[edit]

I think we've fairly well established that you personally disagree with statements I make and then your brain shuts. It's not worth responding to one another. MerricMaker 14:52, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

It isn't particularly difficult to refute something which tells me either you disagree with, or are unfamiliar with the sources I cite, but which makes no substantive evaluation. Also, I find that I must sheepishly apologize for my previous response to you. Your handle is very much like someone I had dealt with in the past, who was rather a jackass, sorry to respond thinking that you were he. That aside, simply because you haven't heard the argument before, or because you say it's being developed on-the-fly does not mean its resources aren't valid or that it isn't a coherent position. Make a constructive evaluation and I'll be glad to hear it. MerricMaker 14:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)


we can agree[edit]

It is a good edit on Abaddon, fair and not riddled with anti jehovahs witness web links. We do agree on most of the edits you make, such as your edit to 3 (number) which personifies God as opposed to the wording you replaced which tended to make Him less of a person and more of a thing. Your current version of Abaddon is the one I will defend. Wonderpet 19:33, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

Christianity and Buddhism[edit]

FYI, I have posted a message on Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents asking for a neutral admin to look into your blanking/stubbification of this article. Since you don't think my opinion is valid, it's time we brought a neutral third party in to help us resolve this.

--Richard 06:41, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

I have looked over the matter briefly. I have no comment to make on the various referenced claims, nor their reliability, as this constitutes content dispute. I would comment, however, that I consider reducing the article to a stub as per your edit here is inappropriate. There are various avenues to address content disputes, with the article talkpage being the primary location. I suggest you take your concerns there. In the meanwhile please do not drastically alter the article without consensus. LessHeard vanU 10:28, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

Over ten reversions?[edit]

I fail to see how I have done over ten reversions — I reverted your edits twice. Once because you removed an administrative tag without a valid reason, and one more time because you reinserted two links to blogs without a valid reason. If you want to take it to AN/3RR, be my guest. But I doubt they will see it the same way you have put it on my talk page.

Oh, and please remember,


Hi. I noticed that you transcluded or substituted a template to respond to or notify a regular editor with whom you disagree. The main purpose of many of these templates is to inform the receiver of policy (e.g., that there is a numerical limit to reversion on content of an article within a time period, that personal attacks or vandalism can result in a block, that they can edit a page constructively without permission, etc.) It is likely that this editor knows this, and if he or she has breached or ignored these, please respond with a personal message. Thanks! Silly rabbit 20:41, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Category query[edit]

Hi AJA. I was wondering, what is your take on the AFA category problem? [2]Hal Cross 04:47, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Ezekiel comment[edit]

Can you explain your random comment about Ezekiel and excrement you inserted in the Talk: Christianity page? I hesitate to delete things from a discussion page without making sure it's vandalism or something else... --Anietor 02:50, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Got it! Thanks for clarifying. Good job pointing out a few of the problems with the essay! Cheers. --Anietor 03:14, 5 August 2007 (UTC)


Good to see someone else noticed that there was something off with that essay. I have an odd feeling, however, that Gio is going to fight tooth and nail to keep that flaming piece of OR on the external links, though. Djma12 (talk) 04:26, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Talk:Jan de Bakker#Heretical[edit]

Removal of the term Heresy from the Jan de Bakker article is inappropriate. There is a lengthy discussion about this issue on the talk page. In de 16th century "heresy" was a crime, and could have severe consequences, including capital punishment. The circumstances and nature of this "crime" are clearly explained in the main article, and in even more detail on the talk page. Furthermore, the sources on which this article is based all use the word "heresy" as well. JdH 18:22, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Mao[edit]

Hello A.J.A. I am RS2007. I am an atheist. However, I respect the views of religious believers. And, I don’t say anything bad about religion. Would you call Hitler a Christian thinker or activist? No. Similarly, we atheist don't call Mao an atheist thinker or activist. Mao was against religion because he saw religion as a rival power. Please respect the views of atheists. Thank you. RS2007 05:59, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

A.G.A, there is no need for an argument. You are a Christian and I respect your religious views. Regards, RS2007 04:40, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Our Exchanges[edit]

Yet again, while trying to have a productive discussion you have misunderstood everything I say. You label opinions as liberal or fashionable and scuttle any possibility to productively exchange information. A.J.A., it is amazing to me that you misinterpret everything that I post, then format responses to address things I have never said and opinions I have never expressed. Apparently you prefer discussions in which the opinions of your discussion partners are those which you ascribe to them in error. For example, merely because I point out that there are only three statements about pederasty in the New Testament does not indicate my wish to ignore the book--something which you seem to think I imply. It is an indication that the authors and editors of the New Testament appeared to think that three references were plenty. Consider those three references to pederasty, then consider how many references are made to loving one's enemies, gaining new life in Christ, and generally transforming former modes of being by incorporating oneself into the Christian life. The point is to make stories in scripture into our own stories by schooling ourselves in the historical and cultural context from which they come, not ignoring them. What enables you misunderstand me so fully, I think, is that you’ve labeled me. It is because of this sort of petty unwillingness to hear others that Wikipedia remains in the realm of the mundane and does not constitute a legitimate source for citation. MerricMaker 03:11, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

I simply felt that a discussion of this sort had no proper place at its previous venue. You evaluate this relocation (something I did out of propriety) as being some sort of underhanded tactic, further suggesting that this discussion is beneath you, since your partner in the discussion is obviously willing to stoop to such dishonorable tactics as forcing you to look at your talk page. I realize something. I wonder if it could be this simple? Is the source of your disagreement with me, which invariably occurs around scripture, be that you find any form-critical evaluation of scripture to be abhorrent?

I state, more or less, that the New Testament only mentions pederasty three times and that this is representative of its editors and author’s lack of concern with the matter. You take this to indicate an utter disregard for the New Testament. Pederasty was indeed not the subject of the previous discussion, but that is the direct translation of the word used in the Greek text, since Greek uses no other word. Therefore, if one talks about what the New Testament says about homosexuality, one must first address that issue of vocabulary. This is a form-critical evaluation of scripture.
I state that after Nicea set the Biblical Canon, male dominated culture continued to dominate Christianity and read scripture so as to suit themselves best; that is, using it to justify slavery, beating their wives, and so on. You take this to indicate that I believe an editorial conspiracy took place at Nicea, somehow producing an inaccurate representation of Jesus. You simultaneously intimate that I am a conspiracy theorist; therefore both I and my line of thinking are implied to be spurious. There are many hundreds of apocryphal texts and gospels in the document rooms of Harvard, Cambridge, and several other places besides, which were considered for the Bible, but not included in the final text, see Pagels, The Gospel of Thomas. This does not represent a lack of abundance, and thus evidence of a conspiracy. It represents nothing more than the fact that an editorial board did some woodsheding. This is a historical-critical evaluation which draws on form criticism.
Is it that you believe the Bible is perfect, and that any criticism of scripture is, by necessity, an invalidation of the text in total? Whatever the case, and I no longer care, thank you for demonstrating my point again. To be fairly rude, you're just not worth the energy if you can't be bothered to understand me and only reply with: "no, it's you who don't understand me" or, "no, it's you who are intolerant." MerricMaker 23:25, 13 September 2007 (UTC)


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Huckabee...[edit]

Why was the tax and immigration information completely deleted? It was not moved to any subarticles as claimed. It is not my responsibility to integrate it in the article when someone else deleted it. I believe you removed it so please fix it. I didn't rearrange any sentences, I just copied and pasted it from the original criticism section.

Jeremy221 (talk) 21:43, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Your link doesn't work. I didn't say you moved it. I said "I believe you removed it." I was just a little irritated the information was removed. Anyways, I added the info back to the appropriate section and hopefully the Huckabee article has been fixed.

Merry Christmas,

Jeremy221 (talk) 22:43, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

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Large text removal at Sarah Palin[edit]

Why did you remove about half of the Sarah Palin article? Superm401 - Talk 05:03, 2 September 2008 (UTC)


Please stop deleting large portions (about half) of the Sarah Palin article. A case could be made that it is vandalism. Drawn Some (talk) 05:10, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

No, it can't. Pay attention next time. A.J.A. (talk) 05:11, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps you would be less likely to confuse people if you didn't use blank or misleading edit summaries. Superm401 - Talk 05:12, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
I demand you justify the accusation that my edit summaries are misleading. A.J.A. (talk) 05:14, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Deleting half of the article is not "minor cleanup", regardless of the reason. Superm401 - Talk 05:18, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
I didn't delete any of the article. I just made it so that there's only one of it. A.J.A. (talk) 05:20, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
You duplicated the article, then deleted the half you duplicated. If you had explained that in the first edit, there wouldn't have been a misunderstanding. Superm401 - Talk 05:26, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Which is simple cleanup and I'm allowed to say so in my edit summary. Your accusation is baseless. A.J.A. (talk) 05:30, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Removing half a medium-sized article and calling it "minor cleanup" is not fooling anyone. Drawn Some (talk) 05:15, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Pay attention. A.J.A. (talk) 05:16, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Is it time to report GreekParadise for 3rr yet? Kyaa the Catlord (talk) 09:37, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

You and Kyaa have no right to remove sourced material. You cannot deny Buchanan said Palin was in her campaign. You can hear his voice in the source. PLEASE STOP PUTTING POV IN THE PALIN ARTICLE! If you have a contrary source, post it. If you have a better way of expressing it, fine. But Buchanan said she was a supporter (a "brigader") and Palin hasn't as of yet denied it. (And if she does, you can state that too.) If either of you report me, I will report you both, because both of you have done 3rr. And AJA, apparently you have a history of removing sourced material from the Sarah Palin article. Please stop this vandalism. If you have a contrary source, you are welcome to include it. But this is supposed to be an objective source not a place to express political views. If we have to, we can put it to the wikipedians for a vote. I'm confident I'll win because you cannot deny the source. If you feel the need to revert one more time, let's instead ask the administrators to resolve the issue.GreekParadise (talk) 09:58, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Palin removal[edit]

Please edit the library entry to remove slant rather than questioning the validity of nationally known source research. -Gych (talk) 06:04, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Debunked?[edit]

Assuming you're referring to the censorship claims, it's a notable story in a reliable source. I have no problem with you finding other viewpoints and nuance, but you can't just remove it because you think someone is going to ride in and "debunk" it. The basic facts are unlikely to change (firing/rehiring, statements she made at public meetings, statements made in "The Frontiersman") indicating it's not an imaginary story. Superm401 - Talk 08:25, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Please see Wikipedia:Verifiability. We don't have to wait for The Truth®. If it's a current, verifiable viewpoint in a reliable (reliable does not mean perfect) source, it should be included. You would certainly be wise to be skeptical when reading any political article, here or elsewhere. That does not mean we can't include anything negative. Superm401 - Talk 08:31, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
How did you turn "You would certainly be wise to be skeptical" into "I'm NEVER entitled to be skeptical."? Superm401 - Talk 19:56, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Question/request[edit]

Is this edit even remotely appropriate? I know it's intended as sarcasm, but sarcasm does not carry well over text and it could be construed as a serious comment about the image. You wouldn't mind removing/rewording it, would you? --Bobblehead (rants) 22:01, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

I suppose I could remove the edit as a BLP violation, just figured you'd like to do it yourself... --Bobblehead (rants) 22:07, 7 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! --Bobblehead (rants) 22:16, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Please don't revert my edits without giving a reason[edit]

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Revert_only_when_necessary

If you have a problem with them, say so on the talk page.

Thank you!GreekParadise (talk) 20:36, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

art and lit people hate infoboxes[edit]

Re Calvin: art and lit people hate infoboxes. You're climbing into a box of ornery street cats by placing one on the article.. are you trying to standardize articles on a religious theme? I would oppose the move as well. "Calvinism" is not "Calvin" and vice versa. Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:00, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Actually, many folks hate infoboxes. They have their own little secret handshake and all. If you wanna put one on the article, you should create a horizontal version and put in the the See Also... Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:08, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
There are, I assume, many articles that are subtopics of Calvinism, and which could safely and appropriately be graced by the presence of an infobox in the lead. But "Calvin" is not a subtopic of "Calvinism". Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:10, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
Feel free to wait for others to weigh in (unless they think my revert settles the matter). You will probably find yourself at odds with...mmmm... many folks who are probably major contributors to the article. Besides, he is not a subtopic of his own thought. Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:14, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
To the best of my recollection, I haven't contributed at all, so it's hard for me to own it. I suppose I may have made one or two copy edits, but I don't recall doing so. No, I'm opposed based on the logic of categorization as stated above. It's also based on a prediction that others will also oppose, and may not be polite when doing so. Sorry. Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:19, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

(undent) I suppose you've seen RHB's reply. That reply shows that 1) it is not my personal, isolated, idiosyncratic view, and 2) the logic I gave was correct: Calvin is in fact a subtopic of theologians but not of Calvinism. But art and lit folks hate all such boxes, regardless of classificatory schemes. I am not arging with you, I promise. I'm trying to persuade you. I'll drop totally out of the discussion... Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 15:35, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Talk:Buddhism and Christianity[edit]

See ammunition supplied. However, I have to warn you that I've been unable to find an effective procedure in Wikipedia for getting its content policies enforced. If you can find one, please let me know. Peter jackson (talk) 09:19, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Re that - you could always ask me. Charles Matthews (talk) 22:31, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - April 2009[edit]

WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - May 2009[edit]

I have three questions[edit]

I made an edit today--one edit--to the article Carrie Prejean and have not made an edit to the article in days, but yet another editor reversed my ONE edit and then reported me on the 3RR notice board. I find this to be a clear use of Wikipedia to win a debate about article content and direction. Prejean was called a series of negative things by Perez Hilton, most of the words are contemptuous and vile, such as the b-word and c-word. There are editors that believe that each and every one of Hilton's use of those words MUST be included in the article about Prejean. Now, I don't see the need to have an article about Prejean dominated by the words and comments of ONE individual (highly negative words at that) dominate the life story of Prejean. It is tantamount to having the words of Saddam Hussein concerning George W Bush dominate the Wikipedia article about Bush. It violates Wikipedia avowed goal of NPOV and it violates BLP. Now, I know that consensus in Wikipedia editing is one of the goals, but consensus does NOT override other valid Wikipedia ideals such as BLP. There can be a compromise made where the gist of Hilton's highly negative opinion is included in the article, but at the same time it does NOT dominate the life story of Prejean. Prejean is notable for many, many reasons, not just her public fight with Hilton. She is notable for being a successful model; she is notable for participating in Deal or No Deal; she is notable for being the current Miss California USA; and she is now notable for being a TV personality. My first question is: Can you at least review the article and see if the second, third, fourth, and fifth repetitions of the b-word and c-word violates BLP? I believe that it does. And my second question is: Is it appropriate to make a report on an editor for violating 3RR even though that editor has only made one edit? And my third question is: Is misusing 3RR to win a debate on the proper interpretation of BLP appropriate? I don't think so.--InaMaka (talk) 15:59, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - June 2009[edit]

Re: Buddhism and Christianity[edit]

Drive-by warning tags without discussion on talk will be removed immediately. Your previous edit summary, Christians do not usually refer to Jesus as a prophet without immediately aso specifying that He is more, and 2) Buddhism is not theist and therefore has no concept of prophecy strikes me as incredibly narrow and ignorant, considering the "prophecies" discussed in the article on Maitreya, etc. Is it too much to ask you to edit from the facts rather than from your distorted opinion of the world? Viriditas (talk) 01:59, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps English is not your first language. The primary meaning of prophet is and always has been a spokesman for God (or a god); one who predicts things is a secondary and derivative meaning. See [3]. If it wasn't clear enough from the context of the discussion, my explanation as to why Buddha couldn't have been a prophet made it explicit which meaning I was using.
You owe me an apology. A.J.A. (talk) 02:45, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
You do not personally speak for 34,000 sects of Christianity, comprising 1.5-2.1 billion adherents. Furthermore, you do not speak for the hundreds of millions of Buddhists. Your statements on what Christians believe and what Buddhists believe is neither supported by the sources or by their followers. Buddha is commonly referred to as a prophet in the secular religious literature and there are many prophets and prophecies spoken of in that regard. Your narrow definition of the word "prophet" seems to serve your own interests and does not reflect actual usage. Your definitions of key concepts related to religions is also narrow and singular, and appears to promote only one POV rather than those of belief systems other than your own. Your comments on Talk:Buddhism_and_Christianity have been generally unhelpful and unconstructive, and seem to consist of POV pushing to the detriment of competing POV that you refuse to acknowledge. If you feel it necessary to try and prove me wrong, then please show me one single edit contribution you have made to Wikipedia since you began editing on 18 December 2005, where you have actively tried to write for the enemy, understand a POV that does not belong to you, and compose a sentence or a paragraph that does not reflect your own personal belief system. Viriditas (talk) 05:55, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
As to the definition of "prophet", you're arguing with the dictionary, not me.
The rest of your comment hardly merits a reply. The article as it stands and has stood is a poorly-written personal essay advocating a fringe view. As someone who defends that, you have no standing to accuse others of much of anything.
You owe me several apologies. A.J.A. (talk) 13:15, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Apparently you do not understand the purpose of dictionaries or how they work. If you wish to discuss this further, I would invite you to use the talk page. Viriditas (talk) 13:22, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Is there some unstated argument there or did you simply feel an urge to say anything and so posted the equivalent of "I know you are but what am I"? A.J.A. (talk) 13:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm waiting for you to post your list of problems to the article talk page so we can fix them. Viriditas (talk) 13:59, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I see that you could not offer me one single diff showing a single editorial contribution from your edit history to Wikipedia that does not consist of POV pushing of some kind. Surely, you can find one diff for me? Viriditas (talk) 13:24, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I don't jump for POV pushers. A.J.A. (talk) 13:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Stop looking in the mirror. I'm not pushing anything but you - and I'm pushing you in the direction of the talk page where we can work together to improve the article. Understand? Viriditas (talk) 13:59, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

And before you continue down this path, let it be said, you already have a documented history of disruptive editing in regards to the Buddhism and Christianity article, and this is documented on the noticeboards. Continue down this path, and I will post a new report. Viriditas (talk) 13:26, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I was in the right then and I'm in the right now. The "other side" consists of people who demand that Helena Blavatsky --still, after over a year! -- be recommended as a serious authority. There is no other side that can be taken seriously; you simply have nothing intelligent to say, which is why you resort to merely formal complaints (e.g., length). A.J.A. (talk) 13:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Is there a reason you aren't on the talk page raising specific objections about content, and instead, you are here attacking me? I'm really not following your throught process. Are you here to improve Wikipedia or what? Viriditas (talk) 13:52, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Please use the talk page to point out these so-called "fringe" views and I will be happy to remove them. Of course, you are using the term "fringe" here to mean anything that contradicts your personal worldview. You've been on Wikipedia long enough to know that we do not edit articles from our beliefs. We edit articles based on sources. Viriditas (talk) 13:31, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I did point them out, as you know. By fringe I mean they have absolutely no academic respectability, which becomes very apparently when you examine the sources: outdated secondary sources, vaguely cited tertiary sources, and personal websites like "jesusisbuddha.com". A.J.A. (talk) 13:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Where did you point them out? Use the talk page and post a list of the problems so we can fix them. You've been here since 2005; which part of this process is giving you problems? Viriditas (talk) 13:52, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

1) Viriditas chose to begin this discussion here, on my talk page, and now complains that I answer him here rather than elsewhere, despite the fact that his own Talk page opens with a request that discussions he begins on others' Talk pages be continued on those pages. Note that he told another user to take the discussion away from the article Talk page [4].

2) He refuses to apologize for his bizarre accusations that my (dictionary definition) use of a word is ignorant or self-interested or something. A simple admission here would go very far in establishing his good faith.

3) He chose to make a series of personal attacks, and then when I point out his own lack of standing, he acts as if I were the one making attacks (and as if I had chosen the venue).

4) He knows that I have participated heavily in the article Talk page and he knows exactly the nature of my objections to the poorly written, biased, inaccurate text he has insisted upon. A detailed description would be quite lengthy (to no purpose), but it can be stated in brief: the article is an advocacy piece for a fringe theory. I explained this detail over a year ago; embarrassingly, the article is only slightly better now, and the original discussion remains on the Talk page. That being the case, his repeated claim that the tags are "drive-by" and unsupported by Talk page discussion are misleading. Also misleading is his asking me to list problems "so we can fix them"; he gives every impression of being in favor of the problems. A.J.A. (talk) 14:26, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

So now, instead of joining me on the talk page to work on the article, you are speaking to me in the third person, as if you are addressing the Greek chorus to the right of the stage? A.J.A. please look at your contributions to the talk page. You have not worked with any editor to improve the article. Instead, you have worked unilaterally, to enforce and implement your version against the objections of every other editor. Do you think your approach might need to be changed a bit? I am willing to hear your ojbections to specific material on the talk page. Please place your concerns there, as that is where we we work on things on Wikipedia. Viriditas (talk) 14:37, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
In order to join you on the Talk page of the article you would need to have posted there in the first place. Instead you posted here, and per your own request I have continued the discussion here. Some honesty, please. A.J.A. (talk) 14:45, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Hello? You originally added maintenance tags to Buddhism and Christianity with nothing posted on the talk page. Since you keep adding these tags back into the article, you are required to discuss them on talk. Please do so, and I will join you. Viriditas (talk) 14:49, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
From join me there to I will join you there. But you'll never admit the first statement was misleading. A.J.A. (talk) 14:52, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps you should take a look at the talk page? I am the last active editor to appear there. You are welcome to join me at any time with your concerns. Viriditas (talk)
That was over a month ago, and has nothing to do with the current discussion. Yet another misleading statement from Viriditas. (Note that I linked to that very comment earlier; he was trying to move discussion away from the article Talk after blindly reverting another editor, not me, who tried to shorten the article and remove the POV advocacy.) A.J.A. (talk) 15:02, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
I am active on the talk page, and I have active threads open on the talk page, active threads you are welcome to join. Please join me on the talk page, where I am already actively awaiting your reasoning for adding tags to the article. There is no current discussion because you have not yet started it. Do you understand? You are required to discuss your edits. I have discussed my edits on the talk page. I hope this helps clear up your confusion. Viriditas (talk) 15:15, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Putting "active" in italics doesn't compensate for not knowing what it means. If you haven't posted there in over a month, you're not active there. (Now I'll have to look up "active" in a dictionary so you can lie about that word, too.) The discussion isn't happening there because you started it here. If you want, I can move this whole thread to the place you're now insisting it should have been, as if I and not you had chosen its location. A.J.A. (talk) 15:21, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm the last active participant on the talk page, and I'm currently active there now, and there is at present an active thread awaiting your comments. Viriditas (talk) 15:22, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Note that he became active there after my last comment and was not active there when I posted it. Just so there's no confusion. A.J.A. (talk) 15:29, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Are you talking to your imaginary friend? I'm right here, hello, over here. Waiting for you on Talk:Buddhism and Christianity. Is there any reason you haven't shown up yet? I'm the only active editor on that talk page, and have been for quite some time. Viriditas (talk) 15:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Apparently in your world 18 minutes counts as "quite some time". A.J.A. (talk) 15:49, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
I've been the last active editor on the talk page for a month, and I'm waiting for you to join me on the talk page with your explanation and justification for tagging the article. In your absence, I've created a separate section for you to fill out at your leisure, so that we can get started improving the article. Looking forward to your participation... Viriditas (talk) 15:54, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
In this discussion, you have hardly said a single thing that was not disingenuous, and you have a record there of reverting all efforts to improve that article. I do not believe you are willing to be a good faith collaborator. A.J.A. (talk) 15:59, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
What part of "explain your justification for maintenance and dispute tags on the talk page and refrain from drive-by tagging" is giving you heartache? Viriditas (talk) 16:03, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
You are not in a position to make imperious demands of others. Perhaps you could make a show of your own good faith by apologizing for your multiple personal attacks and your multiple misleading statements. A.J.A. (talk) 16:18, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I am in a position to make the demand that you use the talk page instead of drive-by tagging, and I've shown that your claims in regards to the topic of prophets are not only without merit, but are 100% false.[5] Viriditas (talk) 16:27, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Of course you can say whatever you want, but you're not in a position to get any respect for your demands. I've addressed your newly cited source on your Talk, but suffice it to say that proving one usage exists does not refute other usages. A.J.A. (talk) 16:42, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
You have not addressed anything at all, but you have merely spent hours distracting from the discussion. We do not evaluate non-Christian religions using Christian criteria. Viriditas (talk) 00:55, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
I guess that's your new talking point, but it's too unrelated to anything said so far that I don't really even know what you're trying to say. A.J.A. (talk) 01:10, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
Let me refresh your memory: You said that Buddha cannot be considered a prophet using common usage of the word and you claimed that Buddhism does not make use of "prophesy". Both of these claims are in error. Viriditas (talk) 01:13, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
No, I never said "common usage". That's an ambiguous term. I said the primary meaning as opposed to a derivative meaning, and I said a -- not the -- standard usage, and backed it up with a citation. A.J.A. (talk) 01:23, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
We don't use dictionaries as "citations" for topics. That's original research. You are, of course, welcome to find a reliable source that discusses the use of the word prophet in relation to Christianity and Buddhism. Viriditas (talk) 01:28, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
When the topic is the definition of a word, citing a dictionary is more or less the oppose of original research. I don't know what happened to your references to "the relevant literature, i.e. books, articles, studies, reports, etc.", (WP:SYN if I ever saw it). But we're talking about what I meant. The citation was simply there to establish that I'm not arbitrarily inventing a meaning afterward to invalidate your insult. Finding another lexically available meaning that doesn't make sense and insisting upon it because of the order the OED puts them in, or inventing something about evaluating Buddhism, doesn't make me wrong about my own meaning. Just give it up and move on already. A.J.A. (talk) 01:50, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
The topic was and is Buddhism and Christianity, not your chosen definition of "prophet" which you use only to apply to Christian-related topics. This error has been explained to you. And the OED is far more authoritative than your weak link. You were wrong, and you can't admit it, and that's the entire story of your contribution history. Viriditas (talk) 04:23, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
The topic is the fact that you chose to put baseless insults on my Talk page. I thought the problem was applying "my definition" to Buddhism; now somehow it's only applying it to Christianity. But hey, the OED mentions other possible meanings alongside the one I used, so maybe if you repeat it often enough it'll stick. A.J.A. (talk) 05:27, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
All you have to do is stick to the facts and stop trying to stuff the universe (or multiverse) into your small little, ideological box. Open your mind. Viriditas (talk) 08:51, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

Drive-by tagging[edit]

Editors who add maintenance tags must discuss the problem on the talk page and point to specific problems that can be fixed. Editors cannot hold articles hostage without discussion. For the second time, please use the talk page. Viriditas (talk) 13:21, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I have requested your participation on the talk page. Please join me there. Viriditas (talk) 15:16, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - July 2009[edit]

The Protocols[edit]

Thanks for your efforts on the Zionism page. The saga of inserting that text has been quite an education for me.

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Renaming SBC resurge/takeover article[edit]

The article currently titled "Southern Baptist Convention Conservative Resurgence/Fundamentalist Takeover" will soon change its name. An early straw poll narrowed the choices to six alternatives, listed at: Talk:Southern Baptist Convention Conservative Resurgence/Fundamentalist Takeover#Straw poll 2 (once this thread is archived, see here.)

If you wish to rank the names suggested there, please do so soon. Please put other comments BELOW rather than interpersed among suggested names. Thanks. --AuthorityTam (talk) 18:26, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Acharya S[edit]

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Ichthus: January 2012[edit]

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Ichthus: May 2012[edit]

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From the Editor[edit]

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This month marks the observation of Pentecost, one of the most important feast of the Christian liturgical year. It is our hope here that all of you, regardless of your religious affiliation (if any), find that the holiday, and its accompanying activities, an enjoyable and beneficial experience. We also hope that this "Birthday of the Church" is one which gives you the same joy as the birthday of yourself or your loved ones.

Ichthus is the successor to the long running WikiProject Christianity newsletter, run under the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department. As such, you will continue to see information about our latest featured and good articles, DYKs, as well as new members who have joined our project. You might also see links to Christianity related news from the mainstream media!

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

John Carter, Asst. Editor

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Help Bring Wikipe-tan "into the fold"[edit]

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As many of you may know, our unofficial mascot, dear Wikipe-tan, hasn't yet indicated any particular beliefs. However, yes, as we all know, ahem, some people might object to our beloved mascot running around in a French maid outfit. People do talk, you know. ;) If anyone might be able to develop an image of the dear lady in a image more, well, "Christian," I would like to see perhaps a vote for next month as to which, if any, image of the dear girl we might make our own unofficial mascot. Please post your images here.

By John Carter

Christianity in other wikis[edit]

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As many of you might now, there are a large number of other Wikimedia Foundation projects, including WikiSource, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, WikiQuote, and others. I certainly believe that Wikibooks and Wikiquote might be among the more directly relevant sister projects. If any of you can think of any particular efforts in these other projects which you think would benefit from more input, please let us know here, so we can help spread the word around.

By John Carter

Spotlight on the Outreach department[edit]

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Ichthus will spotlight a different subproject or workgroup of WikiProject Christianity. This edition will spotlight on our vital Outreach department. This comparatively small, but vital, project unit is dedicated to welcoming new editors to Wikipedia and the Christianity related content, and to providing information to the various project members, in forms like this newsletter.

The scope of articles with which this group deals is truly enormous, and, given the wide variety of material with which we deal, we would very much welcome the input of more individuals, particularly individuals who are particularly knowledgeable of the less well-known and less frequently monitored articles related to Christianity.

Speaking personally, I would be very, very gratified if we were to have this become a very, very large and active unit, with members from the broad spectrum of Christian beliefs, practices, and groups. The broader the spectrum and areas of expertise of members we have, the better we will be able to help manage the content. Please consider whether you believe you might be able to contribute in this vital area.

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Ichthus: June 2012[edit]

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Membership report[edit]

The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 331 active members. We would like to welcome User:Sanju87, User:Psalm84, User:Zegron, User:Jargon777, User:Calu2000, User:Gilderien, User:Ronallenus, Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.

From the Editor[edit]

Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. We have recently added some new sections to the newsletter. Please let us know what you think of the new departments, and if there are any other suggestions for departments you would like to see. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

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Church of the month[edit]

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Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai

Vote for the project mascot[edit]

We had last month asked our members to help "bring into the fold" Wikipe-tan as the project's mascot. Voting will take place this month for which image we should adopt at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christianity/Outreach/Wikipe-tan. Please take a moment to review the images and vote for whichever is your favorite, or, if you so prefer, suggest an additional one.

By John Carter

DYK[edit]

  • ...that Anna of Kashin, a Russian medieval princess, was twice canonized as a holy protectress of women who suffer the loss of relatives?


Calendar[edit]

Thie coming month includes days dedicated to the honor of Beheading of John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, the Nativity of John the Baptist, and Saint Barnabas.

Featured content and GA report[edit]

Alec Douglas-Home recently achieved FA status. This picture, in the Church of the Month section, was recently promoted to Featured Picture status. Our thanks and congratulations to all those involved.

Wikimedia Foundation report[edit]

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Wikisource currently has many old texts available, most of them in the public domain. This is a potentially very valuable source for several things, including for instance links to Biblical verses, because we know that it will, basically, be around as long as we are.

By user:John Carter with inspiration from History2007

Christian art[edit]

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This section would include a rather large image of a specific work of art, with a link to the most directly relevant article.

Suggestion: Resurrection of Christ, an English 15th century Nottingham alabaster. Groups of painted relief panels were sold via dealers to churches on a budget , who had wood frameworks made to hold them locally. From a huge new donation of images from the Walters Art Museum to Commons, see

By Johnbod

Spotlight[edit]

A new WikiProject relating directly to Christian history is being developed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christian history. Also, a group specifically devoted to the Mennonites and other Anabaptists is now up and running at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christianity/Anabaptist work group. Anyone interested in assisting with the development of these groups and topics is more than welcome to do so.

By John Carter

I believe[edit]

... in the statements contained in the Nicene Creed. I believe that the Bible is one of the two defining bases for belief. The other is the Sacred tradition, which provides us with means of interpreting the Scriptures, as well as some teachings which have been handed on by God outside of the scriptures. I believe that the Magisterium has been empowered to fill this interpretative function. I believe that clerical celibacy is a rule that should generally be followed. I am a member of the Catholic Church.

By John Carter

Help requests[edit]

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Ichthus: July 2012[edit]

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Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 336 active members. We would like to welcome User:Emilymadcat, User:Toa Nidhiki05, User:DonutGuy, and User:RCNesland, Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.

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Church of the month

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Vote for the project mascot
We had last month asked our members to help "bring into the fold" Wikipe-tan as the project's mascot. Voting will take place this month for which image we should adopt at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christianity/Outreach/Wikipe-tan. Please take a moment to review the images and vote for whichever is your favorite, or, if you so prefer, suggest an additional one.

By John Carter

Calendar
Thie coming month (mid-July through mid-September) includes days dedicated to the honor of Mary Magdalene, James, son of Zebedee, Ignatius Loyola, Saint Dominic, Joseph of Arimathea, and the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Featured content and GA report
Grade I listed churches in Cheshire was recently promoted to Featured List status. This picture was recently promoted to Featured Picture status. Bartolome de las Casas and Edmund the Martyr were promoted to GA level this past month. Our thanks and congratulations to all those involved.


Wikimedia Foundation report

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Wikibooks welcomes the development of textbooks of all kinds, children's books, recipes, and other material. It currently has just under 2500 books, including several Wikijunior books for the 12 and under population. There is, at present, not even a book on Christianity. Anyone interested in helping develop such a textbook is more than welcome to do so.

By user:John Carter

Christian art

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The portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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Spotlight
A new WikiProject relating directly to Christian history is being developed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christian history. Anyone interested in assisting with the development of these groups and topics is more than welcome to do so.

By John Carter

I believe
... in the tradition of Thomas the Apostle, Mar Addai, and Saint Bartholomew. I believe that Jesus had two essences (or natures), human and divine, unmingled, that are everlastingly united in one personality. I am a member of the Assyrian Church of the East.

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WikiProject Christianity August 2012 newsletter[edit]

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Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 341 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, User:David_FLXD, User:Alexsbecker, User:Penguin 236, User:Gugi001, User:John D. Rockerduck, and User:Margaret9mary. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. We have recently added some new sections to the newsletter. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

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Church of the month

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Frauenkirche (Church of Our Blessed Lady) in Munich, taken from the tower of St. Peter's Church


Contest of the month
We currently have a remarkable lack of Wikipedia:Wikipedia-Books. Right now, Category:Wikipedia books on Christianity contains only 12 books. We certainly could have at least one book on each major grouping within Christianity. One of the challenges for this month, then, is working to put together books on relevant topics. For this month, one contest is for editors to assemble the basic Wikipedia books for each of the main topics of the extant related projects. When finished, they should their creation of the books at the main Christianity noticeboard, and at the end of the month the project will award barnstars to those who have made a significant efforts in developing this underdeveloped content.

Also this month, we are going to have have a challenge to create and improve some of our more important missing or low-quality articles. As biographies are often a bit easier, this month we are choosing two biographies: Karl Behm, which has yet to be started, and the currently Stub-class article Nerses IV the Gracious. A barnstar will be awarded to any editor who can get these articles up to DYK quality level and ultimately selected for the DYK section of the main page.


Calendar
Thie coming month (mid-August through mid-September) includes feasts dedicated to the honor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bartholomew the Apostle, Nativity of Mary, and the Exaltation of the Cross.

Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, William de Chesney (sheriff), Knights of Columbus, and Angelus Silesius were promoted to GA level. Our thanks and congratulations to all those involved.


Wikimedia Foundation report

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Wikinews is our sister site for developing news stories. Several events relating to Christianity, like the installation of bishops for instance, do not necessarily merit extensive coverage in wikipedia encyclopedic articles, but can and easily could be covered at greater length in a news article format. Given the number of significant news events that relate to religion, including claims of miracles, assignment of bishops and other religious leaders, church conferences, and other events, this site provides an excellent opportunity to provide in-depth coverage of current events at greater length than wikipedia.


Christian art

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Christ Crucified by Diego Velazquez.


Spotlight

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One of our newer editors, User:David_FLXD, has recently gone through much of our content related to Methodism and assessed it. We are very grateful for his efforts, and that of all the editors who have had a role in developing that content. We have every reason to believe that this will make it significantly easier for the Methodism work group to create and develop content relevant to Methodism. To help that along, we certainly encourage everyone to do what they can to help David and the other Methodism editors to bring the content relevant to their tradition to the highest possible level of quality.


I believe
... in the Holy Trinity, the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the Arminian conception of free will through God's prevenient grace, and the regular renewal of the individual's covenant with God. I am a Methodist.



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WikiProject Christianity September 2012 newsletter[edit]

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September 2012

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 344 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, User:Floating Boat, User:Dewey420, and User:Jpacobb. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. We have recently added some new sections to the newsletter. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By John Carter


Church of the month

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by User:Diliff
The Chapel of Keble College, Oxford


Contest of the month
We currently have a remarkable lack of Wikipedia:Wikipedia-Books. Right now, Category:Wikipedia books on Christianity contains only 12 books. We certainly could have at least one book on each major grouping within Christianity. One of the challenges for this month, then, is working to put together books on relevant topics. For this month, one contest is for editors to assemble the basic Wikipedia books for each of the main topics of the extant related projects. When finished, they should their creation of the books at the main Christianity noticeboard, and at the end of the month the project will award barnstars to those who have made a significant efforts in developing this underdeveloped content.

Also this month, we are going to have have a challenge to create and improve some of our more important missing or low-quality articles. Last month's challenge articles were Karl Beth and Nerses IV the Gracious. Both articles are currently candidates for the DYK section of the main page. This month's challenge articles are the Stub-class article James Hastings and the not yet started Rudolf Sohm, A barnstar will be awarded to any editor who can get these articles up to DYK quality level and ultimately selected for the DYK section of the main page.


Calendar
Thie coming month (mid-September through mid-October) includes feasts dedicated to the honor of the Martyrs of Korea, Saint Matthew, Vincent de Paul, Michaelmas, Saint Jerome, Theresa of Lisieux, the Feast of the Guardian Angels, Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Teresa of Avila.

Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, Albertus Soegijapranata, and Reginald Heber were promoted to FA. Grade I listed churches in Greater Manchester was promoted to Featured List, and Jackie Hudson, Joyce Kilmer, Divine command theory, Bosa of York and Argument from morality were promoted to GA level. DYKs featured this past month include Church of Saint Benoit, Istanbul, All Saints Church, Hollingbourne, Neustädter Kirche, Hannover, St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Albert Ndongmo, If We Are the Body, List of places of worship in Tonbridge and Malling, Kulubnarti church, All Saints Church, Ulcombe, Val-Saint-Lambert Abbey, Igny Abbey, Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Brăila, Places of Worship Registration Act 1855, Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, and St Matthew's Church, Burnley. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Wikimedia Foundation report

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As some of you may have seen, the Simple English Wikipedia has been experiencing some difficulties lately. This particular entity could be of great value to several individuals who are trying to learn English. As some of you who do speak foreign languages know, one of the most easily available, and, in general, useful learning aids for people is a text they know already, which allows them to focus on the specific words of the new language. Various recorded readings and translations of the Bible are among the best examples of this. Any efforts to try to enhance this vital means of informing a large segment of our readership is more than welcome. People interested in helping develop it are encouraged to leave a note regarding their specific articles of interest at the Christianity noticeboard. It would be wonderful if we could report some significant contributions to this sister site next month. And, of course, if we do have something to report, those involved would receive our greatest thanks.

Christian art

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The Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona.


Spotlight

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WikiProject Calvinism is one of our more important subprojects. It is specifically devoted to developing content relating to the Calvinist tradition, and the primary point for development of content relating to the Pilgrims, Presbyterians, Reformed churches, Congregational church, Reformed Baptists, and Low church. We definitely encourage everyone to do what they can to help this project develop the content relating to this extremely important Christian tradition.


I believe
... that human nature is insufficient for salvation, and the grace of God is required to do so. I believe that God has preordained who will and will not achieve salvation. I believe that Jesus's atonement was sufficient for the purposes for which it was done. I believe that God's grace is of such power that it can overcome any person's resistance. I believe that those whom God has chosen for salvation will, by the undeniable power of God, persevere in God's grace. I am a Calvinist.



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WikiProject Christianity October 2012 newsletter[edit]

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September 2012

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 347 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, User:Dplcrnj, User:Danmuz, User:Zigzig20s, and User:Jasonasosa. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. This newsletter is one of the ways we do try to help people keep up with the project. We would always welcome any input for things to be included in it or additional editors to keep it going. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By John Carter


Church of the month

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by User:Taxiarchos228, recently promoted to Featured Image
St. Paul's Church, Basel


Contest of the month
For the upcoming month, the contest will be to develop content related to the Christmas season, including Advent and other related topics. Please feel free to see and take part in the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Christianity noticeboard#Contest of the month - Advent/Christmas content.

One of last month's challenge articles, Rudolf Sohm, has been substantially developed by User:Jack1956 and User:StAnselm. Our deepest thanks to both of them!!

Calendar
Thie coming month (mid-October through mid-November) includes All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and major commemorations dedicated to the honor of the Ignatius of Antioch, Luke the Evangelist, Simon the Canaanite, Saint Jude, the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the beginning of the Nativity Fast, James of Jerusalem, Reformation Day, and others.


Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, Augustinian theodicy by User:ItsZippy was promoted to FA. Grade I listed churches in Merseyside by User:Peter I. Vardy was promoted to Featured List. The images in the Church of the Month and Christian art sections of this newsletter were promoted to Featured Picture status. John Wheelwright by User:Sarnold17, Christmas Party (The Office) by User:Gen. Quon and If We Are the Body by User:Toa Nidhiki05, were promoted to GA level. DYKs featured this past month include Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Craiova, by User:Biruitorul, Nerses IV the Gracious by User:John Carter, Church of St Candida and Holy Cross by User:BarretB, St Laurence's Church, Morland by User:Peter I. Vardy, St Mary's Church, Longfleet by User:Bermicourt, Chor von St. Bonifatius by User:Gerda Arendt, St Andrew's Church, Penrith by User:Peter I. Vardy, Holy Rosary Cathedral (Vancouver) by User:Bloom6132, Sacred Heart Cathedral (Kamloops) by User:Bloom6132, St Columba's Church, Warcop by User:Peter I. Vardy, St Oswald's Church, Ravenstonedale by User:Peter I. Vardy, and W. E. Biederwolf by User:John Foxe. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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Portrait of John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais.
This image was promoted this past month to FM by the work of User:Spongie555. Thank you, Spongie!

Spotlight

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WikiProject Holidays/Christmas task force is the group whose purpose is to help develop the content related to the Christmas season, including Advent, New Year's, and related holidays. As many of us know, in several parts of the world, including the United States, the Christmas season is not only the time of one of the greatest holidays of the Christian liturgical year, but it is also the "make or break" time for many retailers, whose profitability for the year often depends on their success in this time of the giving of sometimes significantly expensive gifts. In other parts of the world, the winter solstice period and sometimes specifically Christmas itself means something that might surprise many Christians, like the Christmas in Japan, where Christmas is one of the times hotels receive the greatest number of, often unmarried, couples staying there for the night. The solstice season is also significant to several other religions. Many of these days are also legal holidays in several places. In Belarus, for instance, both the Western and Eastern Christmas commemorations are legal holidays. We would certainly welcome the members of this project to donate some of their time and talents in the upcoming months to improving this significant content.



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WikiProject Christianity October 2012 newsletter[edit]

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November 2012

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 349 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, User:Hayayika and User:Pikachu Bros.. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. This newsletter is one of the ways we do try to help people keep up with the project. We would always welcome any input for things to be included in it or additional editors to keep it going. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By John Carter


Church of the month

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Saint-Augustin, Paris by User:Saffron Blaze

Recently promoted to Featured Image. Great work!


Contest of the month
For the upcoming month, the contest will continue with the Christmas theme, including Advent and other related topics. Please feel free to see and take part in discussion at the Christianity noticeboard.


Calendar
This coming month (mid-November through mid-December) includes the Advent season. Other major feasts are those of Margaret of Scotland, Matthew the Evangelist, Hilda of Whitby, Elizabeth of Hungary, Edmund the Martyr, the Presentation of Mary, Saint Cecilia, Clement of Rome, Catherine of Alexandria, Andrew the Apostle, Francis Xavier, Saint Barbara, John Damascene, Nicholas of Myra, Saint Ambrose of Milan, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lucy of Syracuse, and others.


Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych by, among others, User:Truthkeeper88, User:Ceoil, and User:Kafka Liz and Mitt Romney by User:Wasted Time R were promoted to FA. List of 2000s Christian Songs number ones by User:Toa Nidhiki05 was promoted to Featured List. The two images in the Church of the Month and Christian art sections of this newsletter were promoted to Featured Picture status, as were these two images of Michelangelo's Pieta Michelangelo's Pieta 5450 cropncleaned edit.jpg and of Giovanni Bellini's Saint Francis in the Desert Giovanni Bellini - Saint Francis in the Desert - Google Art Project.jpg. Derek Webb by User: Pepsi2786 and others, and Scipione Piattoli by User:Piotrus were promoted to GA level. DYKs featured this past month include Archdiocese of Râmnic, by User:Biruitorul, Diocese of Caransebeş by User:Biruitorul, Wythburn Church by User:Peter I. Vardy, St. Gumbertus, Ansbach by User:Gerda Arendt, User:Dr. Blofeld, and User:Nvvchar collectively, St. Johannis, Ansbach by User:Gerda Arendt, User:Dr. Blofeld, and User:Nvvchar collectively, Nikollë Bojaxhiu by User:ZjarriRrethues, All Saints Church, Lydd by User:Dr. Blofeld, User:Rosiestep, User:Gilderien, and User:Ipigott collectively, St Mary's Church, Acton Burnell by User:Peter I. Vardy, St Eata's Church, Atcham by User:Peter I. Vardy, Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church, Piatra Neamț by User:Biruitorul, Anna Schäffer by User:Shii, List of Archbishops of Vancouver by User: Bloom6132, James Francis Carney by User:Bloom6132, St Luke's Church, Chelsea by User:PKM and User:Johnbod, Gregory Orologas by User:Alexikoua, Ambrosios Pleianthidis by User:Alexikoua, and St Giles' Church, Barrow, by User:Peter I. Vardy. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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Three scenes of the legend of the Miraculous Sacrament, in which communion wafers were reported to bleed after being stabbed, in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels by Jean-Baptiste Capronnier.
This image was promoted this past month to FM by the work of User:Alvesgaspar. Thank you, Alvesgaspar!

Spotlight

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The core topics work group is the group whose specific purpose is to help identify and develop those articles which are of greatest importance to an overall understanding of the broad subject of Christianity, based on what is included in the core topics list. These articles include some of specific churches and individuals, history, philosophical and theological matters, and more. We have had some recent discussion regarding which articles should be included in this list, and it probably makes sense to revisit the selections, and try to figure out how best to work to make them high quality articles. Discussion is beginning at WT:X regarding these matters, and all input is welcome.



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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - December 2012[edit]

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December 2012

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 350 active members. We would like to welcome our newest member, User:Harishrawat11. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. We would be able to achieve nothing here without the input of all of you. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. This newsletter is one of the ways we do try to help people keep up with the project. We would always welcome any input for things to be included in it or additional editors to keep it going. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By John Carter


Church of the month

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This image of The Baptistry of Saint John in Pisa by User:NotFromUtrecht

was recently promoted to Featured Image. Thank you and congratulations for the great image!


Contest of the month
As I imagine many of our editors will be editing at a greatly reduced level for the next few weeks, what with the Christmas and New Year's holidays coming, there is no specific content-related contest this month. The contest, if anything, is to make the most of the season, in whatever way, if any, you deem appropriate.


Calendar
This coming month (mid-December through mid-January) includes the Advent season, and one of the two greatest holidays of the Christian year, Christmas. Other major feasts in the next month include those of the Feast of the Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, Saint Stephen, Thomas the Apostle, Holy Innocents, John the Evangelist, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great, Saint Genevieve, Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Saint Sava.


Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, Anne Hutchinson nominated by User:Sarnold17 was promoted to FA. Grade I listed churches in Lancashire by User:Peter I. Vardy was promoted to Featured List. The image in the Church of the Month and Christian art sections of this newsletter were promoted to Featured Picture status. Come to the Well by User:Toa Nidhiki05 and others, and Dwight Christmas by User:Gen. Quon and others were promoted to GA level. DYKs featured this past month include King's Chapel, Gibraltar, by User:Prioryman, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Albany, New York) by User:Daniel Case, Tingsted Church by User:Ipigott and User:Rosiestep, St. Mary's Church (Albany, New York) by User:Daniel Case, Stubbekøbing Church by User:Ipigott and User:Rosiestep, Notre Dame Cathedral (Phnom Penh) by User:Bloom6132, and St. James' Church, Cardington by User:Peter I. Vardy. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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The nave of the Parish Church of Urtijëi. This image was created by User:Moroderen. Thank you, Moroderen!

Spotlight

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In the spirit of Christmas, the spotlight for the coming month might actually best be on those people closest to you. We know that a lot of our editors here are associated in some way or another with schools, and many if not most of them are going on rather extended breaks for the holidays. This can give some of us a chance to meet up with old friends, spend time with our families and those close to us, and, in a sense, "recharge" for the new year. So, for all of you who are in some way part of that group, we wish you the very best of holidays. We hope you all return to editing after the holidays with your spirits lifted and with your energies at peak level. There are some small matters in development here as well, and it is our hope that some of them will be ready come the next newsletter. But, until then, we wish you all the happiest and holiest (if appropriate) holidays.


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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter - January 2013[edit]

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January 2013

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 354 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, Alliereborn, Iselilja, Peterkp, and Sosthenes12. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. We would be able to achieve nothing here without the input of all of you. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor
Ichthus is one of the ways that the WikiProject Christianity’s Outreach department helps update our members. This newsletter is one of the ways we do try to help people keep up with the project. We would always welcome any input for things to be included in it or additional editors to keep it going. Please let us know if there are changes you would like to see in the format, or if there are any particular things you would like to see included. And if you have anything you would personally like to add, by all means let us know. The talk page of the current issue is probably the best place to post such comments.

With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By John Carter


Church of the month

Catedral de Alejandro Nevsky, Tallin, Estonia, 2012-08-11, DD 46.JPG

This image of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia by User:Poco a poco

was recently promoted to Featured Image. Thank you and congratulations for the great image!


Contest of the month
No particular contest this month. I am however getting rather close to getting together a more or less complete set of articles relating to different areas of Christianity which can be found in recent reference sources on the broad topic of Christianity, and about various subtopics, which I hope to have finished in the next few weeks. I wonder what the rest of you might think of, maybe, making the contests of future months be basically directed at filling in the gaps of our existing coverage of topics, like those topics given significant coverage in specialized reference works which we don't yet have content on, and giving the thanks, and rewards, whatever they might be, to those who create and develop such content. I am starting a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Christianity noticeboard#Future contests, and would very much welcome any input from interested parties in how to set it up, determine winners including how many winners, etc.

By John Carter




Featured content and GA report
Since the last report, the image in the "Church of the Month" section of this newsletter was promoted to Featured Image status.

Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40 by Gerda Arendt and others, Teuruarii IV by Lemurbaby, KAVEBEAR and others, and Peace on Earth (Casting Crowns album) by Toa Nidhiki05 and others, were all promoted to GA status.

Also this past month, the DYKs on the main page included St James' Church, Cardington by Peter I. Vardy, Bishop's Palace, Kraków by Poeticbent, Kippinge Church by Ipigott and Rosiestep, Trinitatis Church, also by Ipigott and Rosiestep, Steindamm Church by Olessi, St Laurence's Church, Church Stretton by Peter I. Vardy, Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Meteora, by Peter I. Vardy, Sonrise Church, by Aboutmovies, St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Albany, New York), by Daniel Case, All Saints Church, Claverley, by Peter I. Vardy, and Church of the Holy Virgin Mary of Lourdes, by Poeticbent. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
This image was created by User:Dcoetzee. Thank you, Dcoetzee!

Spotlight

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The Spotlight this month turns to the the Syriac Christianity work group. The scope of this project includes the various traditions of Syriac Christianity, including the Assyrian Church of the East, Ancient Church of the East, Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox Church, Chaldean Catholic Church, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, and Saint Thomas Christians. One of these groups, the Assyrian Church of the East, is considered by scholars to have probably been, for several hundred years, the largest Christian grouping in the planet, with its numerous members in Central Asia and Eastern Asia. Numerous texts, traditions, and practices unique to these groups exist, including the Jesus Sutras and the belief of the Assyrian Church of the East that the bread they use in the preparation of their Eucharist uses the same basic yeast as that used in the bread of the Last Supper itself. Sadly, given the linguistic barriers to much of the content relative to these groups, and the comparative lack of notoriety they have in the Western world, much of this content does receive less attenion, and thus less development, than much other content. There is a large amount of extremely valuable historical material here still waiting to be adequately developed by editors with an interest in the topic, and I personally very much hope that we can draw more attention to these topics, and the content related to them.

By John Carter


Calendar
This coming month (mid-January through mid-February) includes The Presentation of Christ in the Temple or Candlemas and the Conversion of Paul. Other major feasts in the next month include those of Saint Agnes, Saint Francis de Sales, Saints Timothy and Titus, Thomas Aquinas, John Bosco, Saint Agatha, Paul Miki, [{Saint Scholastica]], and Saint Anskar.


Help requests
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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter April 2013[edit]

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April 2013

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 357 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, Thomas Cranmer, Mr.Oglesby, and Sneha Priscilla. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. We would be able to achieve nothing here without the input of all of you. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor

We apologise for the hiatus in the publication of this newsletter due to unforseen circumstances leading to the wikibreak of John Carter, and so I have taken over as acting editor, and have taken this opportunity to move the publication date to the start of each month as planned, to better reflect on the previous month and look ahead to the next. This issue covers the period of time from mid-January to the end of March.

Since the last issue we have seen the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. This has received much coverage both in the world media and on Wikipedia. While there is still much work to do, several quality articles have been written and the editors involved are thanked for their efforts.


This month we look ahead to Easter and the celebration of God's love for mankind through the crucifixion and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. With that, I wish you all happy reading!

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By Gilderien


Church of the month

Iglesia de San Ildefonso, Oporto, Portugal, 2012-05-09, DD 01.JPG

This image of the Church of Saint Ildefonso, Portugal by Poco a poco was recently promoted to Featured Image. Thank you and congratulations for the great image!


Contest of the month
No particular contest this month. I am however getting rather close to getting together a more or less complete set of articles relating to different areas of Christianity which can be found in recent reference sources on the broad topic of Christianity, and about various subtopics, which I hope to have finished in the next few weeks. I wonder what the rest of you might think of, maybe, making the contests of future months be basically directed at filling in the gaps of our existing coverage of topics, like those topics given significant coverage in specialized reference works which we don't yet have content on, and giving the thanks, and rewards, whatever they might be, to those who create and develop such content. I am starting a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Christianity noticeboard#Future contests, and would very much welcome any input from interested parties in how to set it up, determine winners including how many winners, etc.

By John Carter




Featured content and GA report
Since the last report;

Grade I listed churches in Cumbria was promoted to Featured List status, thanks to Peter I. Vardy, and the image above of the Church of Saint Ildefonso was promoted to featured picture status.

Martin Luther King, Jr., by Khazar2, was promoted to GA status, as well Third Epistle of John by Cerebellum.

Also these past months, the DYKs on the main page included St Mary's Church, Cleobury Mortimer by Peter I. Vardy; Marion Irvine by Giants2008; Margaret McKenna by Guerillero; Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity by Epeefleche; St Edith's Church, Eaton-under-Heywood by Peter I. Vardy; Vester Egesborg Church by Ipigott, Rosiestep, Nvvchar, and Dr. Blofeld; Undløse Church by Ipigott, Rosiestep, Nvvchar, and Dr. Blofeld; St Martin's Church, Næstved by Ipigott, Rosiestep, Nvvchar, and Dr. Blofeld; St. Peter, Syburg by Gerda Arendt and Dr. Blofeld; Østre Porsgrunn Church by Strachkvas; Church of Our Saviour (Mechanicsburg, Ohio) by Nyttend; Dami Mission by Freikorp; Mechanicsburg Baptist Church by Nyttend; Acheiropoietos Monastery, by Proudbolsahye; T. Lawrason Riggs, by Gareth E Kegg; McColley's Chapel, by Mangoe; Oświęcim Chapel, by BurgererSF; Second Baptist Church (Mechanicsburg, Ohio), by Nyttend; Church of the Holy Ghost, Tallinn, by Yakikaki; Old Stone Congregational Church, by Orladyl Heath Chapel, by Peter I. Vardy; St. Joseph's Church, Beijing, by Bloom6132; Church of St Bartholomew, Yeovilton, by Rodw; and St. Michael's Catholic Church (Mechanicsburg, Ohio) also by Nyttend. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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Complete recording

Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22, a cantata by the German composer J.S. Bach, was promoted to GA this month and was written by Gerda Arendt. Many thanks for her continuing work in the area of early 18th Century Church music.

Spotlight

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The Spotlight this month turns to the the Jesus work group. The scope of this project includes the life and teachings of the central figure of Christianity, Jesus Christ and aims to write about them in a non-denominational encylopædic style. Top-priority articles include Jesus, Christ, Resurrection of Jesus, and Holy Grail, whereas High-priority articles include Aramaic Language, a former FA, as well as Sermon on the Mount, Lamb of God, and Passion (Christianity). The workgroup has also published two books, covering Christ's final days and the Parables of Jesus. The workgroup has two GAs, Nativity scene, and Jesus in Islam, but unfortunately the flagship article, Jesus was delisted in 2009. It is also responsible for three WP:1.0 articles, and the WikiWork of the project is 4.56, which indicates the "average" article is between Start and C class.


By Gilderien


Calendar
This coming month (end-March through end-April) includes Easter Sunday in Western Christianity and both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday for the Eastern Orthodox Church. Other major feasts in the next month include those of Saint George, Saint Mark the Evangelist, Saint Stanislaus, James, son of Zebedee, and Benedict the Moor.


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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter (May 2013)[edit]

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May 2013

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 363 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, Pleonic, MJWilliams1998, Iloilo Wanderer, Jkadavoor, Sir Ian and McBenjamin. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. We would be able to achieve nothing here without the input of all of you. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


From the Editor

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This month we hear the news that the Bible is to be made into a film after outstanding success of a biblical miniseries on the History Channel, and we have seen the release of Iraqi Pastor Ali Hamzah from his confinement in Iraq.

After last month's spotlight on the Jesus work group, the flagship article, Jesus, was nominated for Good Article status after much work from FutureTrillionaire and History2007, and provisionally passed by the reviewer, although they have requested a second opinion. Our many thanks for the hard work that has gone into restoring this article to a quality piece of work.

This month the second largest denomination of Christianity, the Eastern Orthodox Church, celebrates Easter and the death and resurrection of the Son of God Jesus Christ.

P.S. Please click here to add the new Christianity noticeboard to your watchlist to follow the latest discussions relevant to WikiProject Christianity and subprojects.

By Gilderien


Church of the month

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Wells Cathedral was this month promoted to GA status. Rodw has appealed for any help project members can give to improve this article for a FA nomination.


Contest of the month
No particular contest this month. I am however getting rather close to getting together a more or less complete set of articles relating to different areas of Christianity which can be found in recent reference sources on the broad topic of Christianity, and about various subtopics, which I hope to have finished in the next few weeks. I wonder what the rest of you might think of, maybe, making the contests of future months be basically directed at filling in the gaps of our existing coverage of topics, like those topics given significant coverage in specialized reference works which we don't yet have content on, and giving the thanks, and rewards, whatever they might be, to those who create and develop such content. By John Carter


Featured content and GA report
Since the last report;

Featured report; Madonna in the Church, by Ceoil, Truthkeeper88, and Johnbod was promoted to Featured Article status. Crucifixion and Last Judgement was promoted to featured picture status, after nomination by Crisco 1492.

Wells Cathedral, by Rodw, Robert of Ghent, by User:Ealdgyth, Christianity in Medieval Scotland, by Sabrebd, and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, also by Sabrebd were promoted to GA status.

Also these past months, the DYKs on the main page included Lectionary 311, by Leszek Jańczuk; Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn, by Gerda Arendt; Whalsay Parish Church, by Ipigott, Rosiestep, Nvvchar, Dr. Blofeld; Interpretatio Christiana, by Altenmann; First Congregational Church, Salt Lake City, by Orlady; Church of King Charles the Martyr, Royal Tunbridge Wells, by The C of E; First Church in Albany (Reformed), by Daniel Case; Pope Anastasius II, by AbstractIllusions; Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma, by Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, Rosiestep; Colan Church, by Rosiestep, Nvvchar, Ipigott; Notre Dame Cathedral, Papeete, Bloom6132, Church of St. Wenceslaus (New Prague, Minnesota), by Elkman; St. Joseph Catholic Church (San Antonio, Texas), by Gilliam; Doubting Thomas, by Johnbod; Robert of Ghent, by Ealdgyth; and Holy Trinity Church, Holdgate, by Peter I. Vardy. Our profoundest thanks and congratulations to all those involved!

Christian art

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This depiction of the Crucifixion and Last Judgement was painted by Dutch artist Jan van Eyck and promoted to Featured Picture this month.

Spotlight

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SPOTLIGHT

This month, we turn our attention to the Encyclopedic articles sub-group, which aims to provide "a collection point for lists of articles contained in other reference sources relating to Christianity, which could serve as a basis for developing our own content". Created by John Carter, it is primarily a list of links, red or otherwise, for subjects which have an article in the reference works listed therein. This serves as a very useful list if any project members are "stuck for what to do" and there remains lots of potential for articles developed from this list.

By Gilderien


Calendar
This coming month (end-April through end-May) includes Easter Sunday for the Eastern Orthodox Church. Other major feasts in the next month include those of Matthias the Apostle, The Venerable Bede, and Empress Helena.


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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter (June 2013)[edit]

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June 2013

From the Editor

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Since its formation in 2006, WikiProject Christianity has come a long way. A significant number of new articles have appeared on a wide range of topics, and the quality of some key articles has seen dramatic improvement. Yet, by the very nature of the open, crowd-sourced development environment in which we operate, as the number of pages in the project has increased at times our attention has been naturally diluted. We should of course strive for quality everywhere, but we should remember that this newsletter is called Ichthus.

Starting this month we will start a "Focus on" series, where we will try to "bring Jesus back" and focus on him. For five consecutive issues we will focus on one aspect of the study of Jesus. The goal of this series is to inform our members of what the project contains and highlight those articles which have reached quality and stability.

From this month until November we will focus on the historical Jesus, a topic which has been the subject of much discussion on article talk pages, as well as the general media. This is an important topic, and we have a good set of well referenced articles on that now. Then, starting in December we will focus on Christ, and the spiritual and theological elements that the title entails. Following that the review of the life and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament, his miracles, and parables will take place. And each month the "Bookshelf" will mention a book that fits the theme of the month.

We hope you will enjoy this journey as we present a new aspect of Jesus each month. And given that as the number of project pages increases, the ratio of those watching the pages declines, we hope that more of you will watch some of these central pages that help define this project.

Church of the month

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The current building of All Saints' Church, Winthorpe in Nottinghamshire, England which was completed in 1888, is at least the third version of the church, which dates back to at least the early 13th century.

Good articles and DYKs
The article Jesus received the good article mark last month, as did Cleeve Abbey. A number of churches were featured on the main page in the DYK section in May, namely St. Lamberti, Hildesheim, Karja church, Braaby Church, St Patrick's Liverpool, Vlah Church, Freerslev Church, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mata-Utu, St. Michael's Cathedral (Sitka, Alaska), St. Lamberti, Hildesheim, Karja church, Braaby Church, St. Pierre Cathedral, Saint-Pierre, Mont Saint Michel Abbey, St Patrick's Church, Liverpool, Vlah Church, St Catherine of Siena Church, Cocking, Catedral Nuestra Señora de La Asunción, Roholte Church, Notre Dame Cathedral, Taiohae, Leicester Abbey, Caracas Cathedral, Caldey Abbey, King's Mead Priory, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Hong Kong) andAll Saints' Church, Winthorpe, as well as the hymn What Wondrous Love Is This.

Focus on...

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THE
HISTORICAL JESUS

Did Jesus exist? Did he walk the streets of Jerusalem? The Historicity of Jesus article answers these questions with a firm affirmative. Historicity does not discuss if Jesus walked on water, but if he walked at all. The issue was the subject of scholarly debate before the end of last century, but the academic debate is almost over now. As the article discusses, virtually all academic opposition to the existence of Jesus has evaporated away now and scholars see it as a concluded issue. The discussion is now just among mostly self-published non-academics.

In 2011 John Dickson tweeted that if anyone finds a professor of history who denies that Jesus lived,he would eat a page of his Bible (Matthew 1 he said). Dickson's Bible is still safe.

The article discusses the ancient sources that relate to Jesus and how they fit together to establish that he existed. The evidence for Jesus is not just based on the Christian gospels, but by inter-relating them with non-Christian sources, and the fact that they all "fit together". Moreover, the existence of Jesus is not supported just by Christian scholars and in recent years the detailed knowledge of Jewish scholars and their discoveries (e.g. Shlomo Pines' discovery of the Syriac Josephus) has proven highly beneficial. We encourage you to read and follow the article, for the existence of Jesus is central to the existence of Christianity.

From the bookshelf

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Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence by Robert Van Voorst, 2000 ISBN 0-8028-4368-9

Just a few years after its publication, Van Voorst's book has become the standard comprehensive text for the discussion of ancient sources that relate to Jesus and his historicity. This detailed yet really readable book has received wide ranging endorsements - Blomberg and Harris separately referring to it as the most comprehensive treatment of the subject.

Did you know...

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  • ... that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the initials "S. D. G.", for Soli Deo Gloria, at the beginning and end of all his church compositions to give God credit for the work, and that Handel at times did the same?

Calendar
The coming month includes days dedicated to the honor of Beheading of John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, the Nativity of John the Baptist, and Saint Barnabas.


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WikiProject Christianity Newsletter (July 2013)[edit]

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July 2013

From the Editor

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Welcome to the July 2013 issue of Ichthus. We focus on the chronology of Jesus, as well as looking back at the project content improved over the last month.

WP:X has gained another Featured Article, Gospel of the Ebionites, by Ignocrates. The Gospel of the Ebionites is the name scholars give to an apocryphal gospel that supposedly belonged to a sect known as the Ebionites. It consists of seven short quotations discovered in a heresiology known as the Panarion, written by Epiphanius of Salamis, and its original title remains unknown. The text is a gospel harmony composed in Greek, and is believed to have been written during the middle of the 2nd century.

St Mihangel's Church, Llanfihangel yn Nhowyn was promoted to Good Article status, as was two other welsh churches, St Enghenedl's Church, Llanynghenedl, and St Peter's Church, Llanbedrgoch.

The main page also featured several DYK hooks for articles in our project, namely Bob Fu, List of places of worship in Tandridge (district), Catholic Press, Garendon Abbey, St. John's Episcopal Church (Jersey City, New Jersey), Pargev Martirosyan, Praskvica Monastery, Heather Preceptory, St. Augustin, Coburg, Longleat Priory, St Mihangel's Church, Llanfihangel yn Nhowyn, St Enghenedl's Church, Llanynghenedl, Christianization of Moravia, Christianization of Bohemia, Repton Abbey, St Peter's Church, Llanbedrgoch, Medingen Abbey, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, St. James on-the-Lines, and Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch.

Church of the month

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is part of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev in Ukraine. It is a functioning monastery that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Membership report
The parent Christianity WikiProject currently has 367 active members. We would like to welcome our newest members, Newchildrenofthealmighty, Evenssteven, Kerna96, and FutureTrillionaire. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.


Focus on...

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THE
HISTORICAL JESUS

When did Jesus live? When did he die? How do we know? We do, in fact, have excellent information about the time intervals for the life and death of Jesus. As in other people who lived and died in the first century, this gives an approximate date range, but still, give or take 3-4 years and we have pretty good estimates confirmed by a number of really diverse sources, ranging from inscriptions in Delphi to Roman and Jewish sources. The Chronology of Jesus article discusses how a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Roman sources are used to establish the time-frame for the life and death of Jesus.

And all of his data fits together. For instance, the chronology of Paul had been discussed based on the Book of Acts long ago, then the Delphi Inscription is found in the 20th century in the Temple of Apollo. And guess what.. it confirms it and totally dates his trial in Corinth, which helps reaffirm the date of the crucifixion of Jesus. The same date range is independently estimated from the writings of Josephus on the Baptist's death. And it fits Isaac Newton's astronomical models for the crucifixion date as well as the independent lunar calculations of Humphreys. As that article shows, all these dates just fit together.

From the bookshelf

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Chronos, kairos, Christos: nativity and chronological studies edited by J. Vardaman, E. M. Yamauchi 1989 ISBN 0-931464-50-1

This two volume book (with a very apt title) is gem-filled with scholarly research. Paul Maier's article in the first volume is a classic study on the chronology of Jesus and provides a useful summary of a number of issues.

Did you know...

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This month (July) contains the feast days of Mary Magdalene, and James, son of Zebedee.



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August 2013 WikiProject Christianity Newsletter[edit]

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August 2013

From the Editor

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Welcome to the August 2013 issue of the WikiProject Christianity newsletter. We focus on the historical Jesus and reflect on the last month.

The project has another featured picture, The ruins of Holyrood Chapel, a digitisation of an oil-on-canvas painting. Our top-importance article, Jesus, has been nominated for Featured Article status, the discussion can be seen here; Knights of Colombus has also been nominated as a FAC.

Ecgbert (bishop) and Church architecture in Scotland have both this month achieved Good Article status.

Our project had several of its articles featured in the main page DYK section, including Hinckley Priory, Little Chapel, St Peter's Church, Ropsley, Chip Ingram, St John the Evangelist's Church, Corby Glen, Great George Street Congregational Church, St Mary's Church, Walton-on-the-Hill and Bunge church.

Our thanks go to all of those who have worked to achieve these article milestones.

Church of the month

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This image, of Maillezais Cathedral and created by Selbymay was this month promoted to featured picture status.

Membership report
We would like to welcome our newest members, Thechristophermorris, Psmidi and Jchthys. Thank you all for your interest in this effort. If any members, new or not, wish any assistance, they should feel free to leave a message at the Christianity noticeboard or with me or other individual editors to request it.

Focus on...

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THE
HISTORICAL JESUS

What was Jesus like? What did he preach? Did he claim to be the Messiah? Did he predict an apocalypse? What can we know about him outside a religious context? The Historical Jesus article discusses what can be known about Jesus with various degrees of probability. While scholars agree on the over all flow and outline of Jesus' life (his baptism by John, debated Jewish authorities, healings, and his crucifixion by Pilate) they have built various and diverging portraits of the rest of his life. These range from minimalist portraits that accept very little of the gospel accounts to maximalists who accept most of the accounts as historical.

The portraits of Jesus have at times been unwitting reflections of the researchers themselves, and Crossan once quipped that some authors "do autobiography and call it biography". However, the study of historical Jesus has made one thing clear: there is so much to learn about Jesus that the more one looks, the more there is to discover.

From the bookshelf

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Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching by Maurice Casey 2010 ISBN 0-567-64517-7

In this book Maurice Casey not only draws on his special expertise in the Aramaic traditions and the Q source, but provides a comprehensive review of the various approaches to the historical Jesus.

Did you know...

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This month we celebrate the feasts of St Lawrence, St Bernard, and St Augustine.



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Ichthus April 2018[edit]

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April 2018

Project News
By Lionelt

Belated Happy Easter and Kalo Pascha! We're excited to announce the return of our newsletter Ichthus! Getting this issue out was touch-and-go for a while. Check out what's happening at the Project:


Achievements

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Hedy Lamarr as Delilah

In March the Project saw four articles promoted to GA-Class. They were the oh-so-irresistible Delilah (nom. MagicatthemovieS) (pictured), Edict of Torda (nom. Borsoka), David Meade (author) (nom. LovelyGirl7) and last but not least Black Christmas (2006 film) (nom. Drown_Soda). Black Christmas? How did that get in there lol? Congratulations to all of the nominators for a job well done!


Did You Know
Nominated by The C of E

... that some people know Christ the Lord is risen today from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?"

Featured article
Nominated by FutureTrillionaire

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus (7–2 BC to 30–33 AD) is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God and the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament. Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that a historical Jesus existed, although there is little agreement on the reliability of the gospel narratives and how closely the biblical Jesus reflects the historical Jesus. Most scholars agree that Jesus was a Jewish preacher from Galilee, was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate. Christians generally believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed miracles, founded the Church, died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return. The great majority of Christians worship Jesus as the incarnation of God the Son, the second of three Persons of a Divine Trinity. A few Christian groups reject Trinitarianism, wholly or partly, as non-scriptural. In Islam, Jesus is considered one of God's important prophets and the Messiah. (Full article...)


Help wanted

We're looking for writers to contribute to Ichthus. Do you have a project that you'd like to highlight? An issue that you'd like to bring to light? Post your inquiries or submission here. And if the publication of this issue is any indication, you're in for the ride of a lifetime!


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Ichthus: May 2018[edit]

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May 2018

Project News
By Lionelt

Last month's auspicious relaunch of our newsletter precipitated something of an uproar in the Wikipedia community. What started as a localized edit war over censorship spilled over onto the Administrator's Noticeboard finally ending up at Wikipedia's supreme judicial body ArbCom. Their ruling resulted in the admonishment of administrator Future Perfect at Sunrise for his involvement in the dispute. The story was reported by Wikipedia's venerable flagship newspaper The Signpost.

The question of whether to delete all portals--including the 27 Christianity-related portals--was put to the Wikipedia community. Approximately 400 editors have participated in the protracted discussion. Going by !votes, Oppose deletion has a distinct majority. The original Christianity Portal was created on November 5, 2005 by Brisvegas and the following year he successfully nominated the portal for Featured Portal. The Transhumanist has revived WikiProject Portals with hopes of revitalizing Wikipedia's system of 1,515 portals.

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at the Project Watch


Achievements

Four articles in the Project were promoted to GA: Edict of Torda nom. by Borsoka, Jim Bakker nom. by LovelyGirl7, Ralph Abernathy nom. by Coffee and Psalm 84 nom. by Gerda_Arendt. The Psalm ends with "O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." Words to live by. Please support our members and send some WikiLove to the nominators!

Featured article
Nominated by Spangineer

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Operation Auca was an attempt by five Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States to make contact with the Huaorani people of the rainforest of Ecuador. The Huaorani, also known as the Aucas, were an isolated tribe known for their violence, both against their own people and outsiders who entered their territory. With the intention of being the first Protestants to evangelize the Huaorani, the missionaries began making regular flights over Huaorani settlements in September 1955, dropping gifts. After several months of exchanging gifts, on January 2, 1956, the missionaries established a camp at "Palm Beach", a sandbar along the Curaray River, a few miles from Huaorani settlements. Their efforts culminated on January 8, 1956, when all five—Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—were attacked and speared by a group of Huaorani warriors. The news of their deaths was broadcast around the world, and Life magazine covered the event with a photo essay. The deaths of the men galvanized the missionary effort in the United States, sparking an outpouring of funding for evangelization efforts around the world. Their work is still frequently remembered in evangelical publications, and in 2006, was the subject of the film production End of the Spear. (more...)


Did You Know
Nominated by Dahn

"... that, shortly after being sentenced to death for treason, Ioan C. Filitti became manager of the National Theatre Bucharest?"


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Ichthus June 2018[edit]

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June 2018

Project news
By Lionelt

Here are discussions relevant to the Project:

The following articles need reviewers for GA-class: Type of Constans nom. by Gog the Mild, Tian Feng (magazine) nom. by Finnusertop. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at the Project Watch


Did You Know
Nominated by Gonzonoir

... that in 1636, Phineas Hodson, Chancellor of York Minster, lost his 38-year-old wife Jane during the birth of the couple's 24th child?

Featured article
Nominated by Cliftonian

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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

The Mortara case was a controversy precipitated by the Papal States' seizure of Edgardo Mortara, a six-year-old Jewish child, from his family in Bologna, Italy, in 1858. The city's inquisitor, Father Pier Feletti, heard from a servant that she had administered emergency baptism to the boy when he fell sick as an infant, and the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition held that this made the child irrevocably a Catholic. Because the Papal States had forbidden the raising of Christians by members of other faiths, it was ordered that he be taken from his family and brought up by the Church. After visits from the child's father, international protests mounted, but Pope Pius IX would not be moved. The boy grew up as a Catholic with the Pope as a substitute father, trained for the priesthood in Rome until 1870, and was ordained in France three years later. In 1870 the Kingdom of Italy captured Rome during the unification of Italy, ending the pontifical state; opposition across Italy, Europe and the United States over Mortara's treatment may have contributed to its downfall. (Full article...)


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Ichthus: July 2018[edit]

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July 2018

The Top 7 report
By Lionelt

The big news was the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Top 7 most popular articles in WikiProject Christianity were:

    1. Elizabeth I of England – legendary monarch who ushered in the Elizabethan Era over the dead body of her half-sister (#5)
    2. Henry VIII of England – on his deathbed the last words of the king who founded the English Reformation were "Monks! Monks! Monks!"
    3. Martin Luther King Jr. – can't wait to see the new US$5 bill featuring the "I Have a Dream" speech
    4. Seven deadly sins – surprisingly "original research" is not one of the Seven deadly sins
    5. Mary, Queen of Scots – arrested for Reigning While Catholic (RWC)
    6. Michael Curry (bishop) – our article says that he upstaged Meghan at her wedding. Did you see her wedding pictures? All I can say is {{dubious}}
    7. Robert F. Kennedy – when informed that missiles were being installed in Cuba he famously quipped, "Can they hit Oxford, Mississippi?"


Did you know
Nominated by The C of E

... that the little-known 1758 Methodist hymn "Sun of Unclouded Righteousness" asks God to send the doctrine of the "Unitarian fiend ... back to hell", referring to both Islam and Unitarianism?

Our newest Featured list
Nominated by Freikorp

The Last Judgment by painter Hans Memling.
The Last Judgment by painter Hans Memling.

List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events. Predictions of apocalyptic events that would result in the extinction of humanity, a collapse of civilization, or the destruction of the planet have been made since at least the beginning of the Christian Era. Most predictions are related to Abrahamic religions, often standing for or similar to the eschatological events described in their scriptures. Christian predictions typically refer to events like the Rapture, Great Tribulation, Last Judgment, and the Second Coming of Christ.

Polls conducted in 2012 across 20 countries found over 14% of people believe the world will end in their lifetime, with percentages raging from 6% of people in France to 22% in the US and Turkey. In the UK in 2015, the general public believed the likeliest cause would be nuclear war, while experts thought it would be artificial intelligence. Between one and three percent of people from both countries thought the apocalypse would be caused by zombies or alien invasion. (more...)


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